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“Heavenly Father, as our nation pauses today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray you would have us all look to you for strength, comfort and guidance. Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families. Grant your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving your past goodness on this country. If it is your will, preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry. Most of all, we pray that you would turn the hearts of all – military and civilian – to your holy Word where we find the true peace for our sinful souls that surpasses all understanding. Keep us repentant of sin. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace. In the name of Jesus, our Savior and Your beloved Son, who alone gives this peace and hope for eternity, we pray. Amen.” - Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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DoD 1 year celebration | 60 Days, 60 Singers

Day 45: Maria Arkhipova
Born: January 9th, 1983 (Russia)

Bands/Projects: Nargathrond (2000 – 2004); Arkona (2002 – present)

Collaborations: Svarga; Ancestral Volkhves

Curiosities:
Known by her stage name as Masha Scream, Maria is a Russian folk/pagan metal musician from Moscow.
She is the founder, vocalist, and main songwriter of the folk metal band Arkona.
Maria is one of relatively few successful female vocalists to sing in a death growl style.

Personal life:
Arkhipova is married to fellow band member Sergei “Lazar” Atrashkevich with whom she has two children.

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On this day in music history: May 29, 1965 - “Help Me, Rhonda” by The Beach Boys hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Brian Wilson, it is the second chart topping single for the surf rock/pop band from Hawthorne, CA. Suffering from nervous exhaustion, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson will stop touring with the band in December of 1964, to concentrate on writing and producing new material. Now free from the stress of non stop touring, Wilson returns to the recording studio, where he is most comfortable and relaxed. The first product of these sessions is the song “Help Me, Rhonda”, whose narrative is about a man whose affection for a woman he desires goes unrequited, and turns to another woman to help him get over her. The first version of the song, erroneously titled “Help Me Ronda”, the basic track is recorded at Western Recorders on January 8, 1965 featuring members of The Wrecking Crew (with Carl Wilson on guitar), with the vocals being recorded eleven days later on January 19, 1965. Guitarist Al Jardine handles the lead vocal duties on “Ronda” rather than Mike Love or Brian Wilson. The original session tape captures an argument between Brian and his father (and band manager) Murry Wilson, which ends with Murry abruptly leaving the studio. The first version is featured on The Beach Boys eighth studio album “The Beach Boys Today!” released in March of 1965. Before that album is released, Brian decides that the original take can be improved upon, and it is recorded again for single release. The second “hit single” version of “Help Me, Rhonda” is also cut with The Wrecking Crew (with several other members of the studio collective) at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, CA on February 24, 1965. Released on April 5, 1965, the single is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #80 on April 17, 1965, it leaps to the top of the chart six weeks later. The correct hit version of “Help Me, Rhonda” is released on the next Beach Boys album “Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)” in July of 1965, only four months after their previous album.