Happy Independence Day, all!

04 July, 2014 Posted by: REReader
As I point out every year (yes, you have to listen again, it's a TRADITION), it used to be that on every Fourth of July, in every town square and large park and gathering place in the United States, people would gather and someone would get up and read out the Declaration of Independence. It is now two hundred and thirty-eight years since that document was written, but its words still evoke all the courage and dignity and idealism and determination it took to make such a radical and irrevocable break with tradition and heritage and history. So before heading out to your barbecue or picnic or fireworks, listen up:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

[...]

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.


So that's the why. Please take a minute or two to remember the people who, quite literally, put their Lives and Fortunes and sacred Honors on the line to make this a free and independent country. A safe and happy Independence Day to all!


Oh, still here? Then have a Fanfare for the Common Man:


And because John Adams wanted fireworks:
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Interview (in two formats) from CBN News

18 June, 2014 Posted by: REReader
That would be an article:
As for the future, Castro said, "I don't know what the future holds...but there will always be music."

(Read the piece here.)

And a video:



Thanks for the find, ArtTeacher!
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Arms of Hope Fundraiser, San Antonio

08 June, 2014 Posted by: REReader
There were Copians in the audience, so we have all manner of goodies!

Here's an Instagram vid clip of I Believe:

Video by beckqv/beckyvee

And there's already some bootleg...

Over the Rainbow is over on Facebook and so is this video of Hallelujah (so I can't embed them here).

Good Love:

Video by Winnie Ontiveros

Only a Mountain:

Video by Winnie Ontiveros

If It's Love:

Video by Winnie Ontiveros

Hallelujah, with special backup singers:

Video by Winnie Ontiveros

There's a whole lotta more videos after the jump, so don't miss those--and be sure to check out the 2014 Random Shows thread in our forum for photos and recaps and other sundries!


Thanks to beckyvee/Becky and Darlene and Winnie and sierrach and millie4Him for providing photos and recaps and VIDEO! and ArtTeacher and Jasonized and beckyvee for bringing us the links.

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More from the USCMDallas

29 May, 2014 Posted by: REReader
You may or may not remember a blog post here (and if not, why not? Are not all the posts here memorable?) that mentioned a video that Jason made for the United States Conference of Mayors summer meeting in Dallas. Well, here it is:


Video by USCM Dallas 2014


ETA: And here's the long version!

Video by USCM Dallas 2014


Thanks for the finds, Jasonized!
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Jason performed in TWO shows this Memorial Day weekend...

27 May, 2014 Posted by: REReader
One was in a church, Pueblo de Dios in Dallas, on Saturday night; the other was the Rockwell News Memorial Day Concert, Sunday night; and for both, there were Copians in the house--thank you, beckyvee, for bringing back recaps (don't forget to stop by our forum for those--there are links to Instagrams cliplets) and bootleg!

From the Pueblo de Dios show:

Sound check, part 1:

Video by Becky Vogt/beckyvee

Sound check, part 2 (including a mini-tutorial in ukulele tuning):

Video by Becky Vogt/beckyvee

Only a Mountain:

Video by Becky Vogt/beckyvee

If It's Love (with interpretive dance by Madeline):

Video by Becky Vogt/beckyvee

Enough (partial):

Video by Becky Vogt/beckyvee

That's What I'm Here For:

Video by Becky Vogt/beckyvee


And from the Memorial Day Concert, there is pic:


Photo by Ron McCarty

And some bootleg, too:

Hallelujah (partial):

Video by Becky Vogt/beckyvee


Thanks again to beckyvee for all the goodies, and thanks also to Jasonized and ArtTeacher for bringing in the linkz!
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Who doesn't "awwww" at a father-daughter fashion show?

26 May, 2014 Posted by: REReader
Can't put my hand up for that one, because, so cute! Even better when it's for a good cause, as was the recent Light the Runway show in Dallas, which benefitted the Dallas Dress for Success organization. And, of course, Jason and Madeline were in the show:

“This was one of my first interactions with Dress for Success and Light the Runway…it really was an incredible thing and a beautiful evening,” Castro beamed. “It’s always great to know you’re doing some good while you’re having some fun. [...] I feel honored to have been a part of this event.” While Castro has given back to many charities and causes, he is now admittedly a fan and avid devotee to Dress for Success; and as a crowd favorite with his energetic daughter Madeline, hopes for a return at next year’s show is evident.

(Source: Miss A)


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Remember Jason's turn in "The Perfect Summer"

26 May, 2014 Posted by: REReader
You know, the movie in which he played a surf-shop owner?



Yes, that one! Well, according to The Wilmywood Daily, the DVD of the film will be released to Christian Bookstores on June 3 and to Target and Walmart on August 5, so get your wallets ready! Also you can see it again on UPtv this June.


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On this Memorial Day weekend...

26 May, 2014 Posted by: REReader
It's great to have a long holiday weekend, isn't it? Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer; it's a day of big sales and parades and picnics and all Good Things. But on your way to that backyard barbecue, won't you please take a moment to remember those who stood and fell for our country?




So to the indifferent inquirer who asks why Memorial Day is still kept up we may answer, it celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiam and faith is the condition of acting greatly. To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might. So must you do to carry anything else to an end worth reaching. More than that, you must be willing to commit yourself to a course, perhpas a long and hard one, without being able to foresee exactly where you will come out. All that is required of you is that you should go somewhither as hard as ever you can. The rest belongs to fate. One may fall-at the beginning of the charge or at the top of the earthworks; but in no other way can he reach the rewards of victory.

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Have you got any Memorial Day plans?

13 May, 2014 Posted by: REReader
If not, and you are going to be in or near Rockwall, TX, you'll want to check out the first annual Rockwal Memorial Day concert, featuring Jason!

(And you might consider taking along some good quality video equipment, for the rest of us...)
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About the Arms of Hope show

08 May, 2014 Posted by: REReader
A tweet from Jason:

For more info on my full-band show with @armsofhope in San Antonio, TX on 6/7, check out this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpGfPrmBhHM


(And if you didn't see this yourself, whyever didn't you? Follow Jason on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jasoncastro.)





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