Good Morning! It’s so good to see each of your faces today! Thank you for having a little breakfast and coffee with me! You have made Mondays my very favourite days! It still blows me away that I get to hang out with y’all!
If you’re new to my messy, loud corner of the internet…WELCOME! It’s so nice to meet you! Grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever makes you smile and let’s talk about some music!
I am not, by any sort of definition your bog standard hip-hop fan. I don’t know a lot about the genre itself, I don’t know how to keep up with the up and coming artists, anything like that. But, I can play Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise” on the piano from memory and I did perform Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’” as a spoken word piece in a worship service once. (There’s a really good story there!) So, maybe that’s something.
Upon meeting JC Stroebel of Minneapolis, MN based John Chuck and The Class, I saw a joy in the world of hip-hop that I never would have expected from the outside. Yes, I know how stereotypical and judgmental that sounds, okay? But, he is possibly the happiest human being I have ever met in my entire life and I know some impossibly happy people!
During our Sunny Saturday chat, things got pretty real as we discussed the impact of bullying, disability and hardship on a soul. There is nothing more victorious in those moments than to find your voice and use it for beautiful, to use it for light and to celebrate the greatness that God created you for. JC does that with grace, silliness and joy.
When I asked what kind of bumper sticker he would give the music that he’s driven to make, first we had to talk about whether or not we should make bumper stickers part of their merchandising and marketing (and we should. Definitely.), then he said “Joy is Cool!”
As a society, especially in the age of social media, we often forget that there are better things to do with our hearts and minds than to complain, or be so overcome with what’s “cool” that we forget to smile. We forget to dance. We forget to be kind. The mission that JC is on is to be the kindest version of Jesus to people that he possibly can.
The first time I saw John Chuck and The Class perform, it was alongside some the most joyful, loving people I know. The only thing I knew about their music was an introduction that went like this “Laura, these guys are SO fun!” and I know for certain that those words couldn’t be more true! You want to support the joy, kindness and talent that comes from these two. They are genuine and warm and they make music that uplifts people and makes them dance! So, check them out!
They’re uping their Twitter game, and sincerely make me laugh so check them out @JCandTC
This week’s playlist is here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1218253885/playlist/5QwZe66ZRgPNTsVH8JWHUc
You matter so much! I’ll see your sexy faces on Thursday! Now, go change the world.