December 18th, 2014
Made for the saints of light;
Off with the garments dreary,
On with the armor bright:
Soon will the strife be ended,
Soon all our toils below;
Not to the dark we’re tending,
But to the Day we go.
Work, then, the Day is coming!
No time for the sighing now!
Harps for the hands once drooping,
Wreaths for the victor’s brow,
Now morning Light is breaking,
Soon will the Day appear;
Night shades appal no longer,
Jesus, or Lord, is near!
December 11th, 2014
“lookit that”, so yeah – this was actually before “oh my my” (posted some hours ago) by some hours, but I’ve made an executive decision to post more rather than hoard. To share is good – right? So I am sharing. I mean, if you think about it, in the grand scheme of things, throughout the history of music, starting with the first percussive note banged out by human kind, using music to celebrate the discovery of fire… well they had to discover fire – then discover a party or worship – or both, which required music, which also needed to be discovered…. I think that was the order…anyway – if you trace all of the people involved in this dance of life contributing music that is soon forgotten – the tune you now listen to might be one such number. You might think of it as an audio form of a gummy bear. It isn’t even 2 minutes long. But you know what? I hope you simply enjoy it. Roll it around in your cranium. Maybe it will inspire you to go write something…or just smile. And you know what? If you smile – that is good enough for me.
lookit that lookit that soul
oh yeah baby catching everything like a bowl
oh yeah baby trying just to fill the hole
oh yeah baby
lookit that lookit that swing
oh yeah gonna get it goin on that thing
oh yeah gonna shake off all the fools with a fling
oh yeah baby
lookit that lookit that girl
oh yeah gonna watch those wings unfurl
oh yeah gonna ride like a tilt a whirl
oh yeah baby
lookit that lookit that chance
oh yeah gonna grab it and have a little dance
oh yeah gonna make like a deer and prance
oh yeah baby
lookit that lookit that grip
oh yeah gonna never ever ever gonna slip
oh yeah gonna have to leave a big fat tip
oh yeah baby
December 9th, 2014
I noticed I haven’t put any music up in a while – so I’ll be sharing some of the sounds I have been playing with…
kinda a squirty sumpin…
oh my my
December 9th, 2014
Thou dost not meet and still;
There’s not a wish the heart can have
Which Thou dost not fulfill.
All things that have been, all that are,
All things that can be dreamed,
All possible creations made,
Kept faithful, or redeemed;-
All these may draw upon Thy power,
Thy mercy may command,
And still outflows Thy silent sea
Immutable and grand
O little heart of mine shall pain
Or sorrow make thee moan,
When all this God is all for thee,
A Father all thine own?
November 29th, 2014
No man can estimate what is really happening at the present sub specie aeternitatis (under the aspect of eternity). All we do know, and that to a large extent by direct experience – is that evil labors with vast power and perpetual success in vain; preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in. So it is in general and so it is in our own lives.
on The Lord Of The Rings
…of course such an overweening purpose did not develop all at once. The mere stories were the thing. They arose in my mind as “given” things, and as they came, separately, so too the links grew. An absorbing, though continually interrupted labor (especially since, even apart from the necessities of life, the mind would wing to the other pole and spend itself on linguistics): yet always I had the sense of recording what was already ‘there’ somewhere: not of inventing.
November 1st, 2014
behold the political midterms…potentially historic? Not important? Saving America? Six of one, half a dozen of another? I personally do follow politics and I do not ascribe to the “big government lots o’ free goodies to buy votes” approach to nation management. It is a true travesty that so many Americans would rather live off of the dole than work – especially if the difference between the welfare and the work dollar amount is negligable. I am aware that we need safety nets for those that cannot make it on their own, but that is not what I am talking about here. Our food stamp and various living subsidy programs are being scammed by people that do not need them, and are happy to steal from taxpayers. Additionally, we have a power run wild government assisting a perversion, forcing homosexuality (and abortion) on Americans at the expense of religious freedom. Churches and folks of the faith must subsidize abortions under Obamacare…and Christian business owners are being sued and threatened with jail time for not wanting to participate in gay marriage ceremonies. As far as political sides are concerned there is waste and fraud on all sides of the political spectrum…sometimes it seems a prerequisite to political leadership is a corrupt heart. This world is sick.
So this brings me to Psalm 2 – specifically Psalm 2:4 ; He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. I was reading this today and I just laughed at the obviousness of Gods control. It is hard for me sometimes to see good winning with so much evil permeating society – but God does laugh at the pride and arrogance of those that think they will defeat good. For me it is refreshing and clarifying…the Psalmist is advising all, but especially leaders in Psalm 2 (kings of the earth) to humble yourself today before the Lord. “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” So much today in the way of presidential leadership is done with naked political ambition, I often wonder what it looks like to have a real Godly leader.
There is a terrible, epic and horrific judgement coming…in that sense God (and we) rejoice in seeing truth triumph…there is celebration in holy victory…and there is laughter in derision against those that presumed to place their satanic self on the throne where only the Lord Jesus Christ belongs. I believe a special derision and vexation belongs to those arrogant leaders, kings, judges and body politic that facilitated cheating, bribes, lies, sexual perversions, murder, blasphemy and the growing list of various illegal activities all in the flurry of heathen rage – with the people of the earth imagining a vain thing. Before you think I find this political charade one big knee slapper…I don’t. It is at times unspeakably evil and very sad to see so many people being deceived and destroyed, and that places an even greater emphasis on the scripture to the leaders. After all – God has placed them in positions with expectations, whether they acknowledge Him or not. Having said that I AM confident with a joyous faith that God is very aware and intricately involved in the leadership decisions being made…and even when evil appears to have won a battle – I know our Savior will win the war. Lord Christ help us.
In closing, next week you can vote (in America), so do your due diligence and research who you think will best bring this country in the direction described in Psalm 2…it is the very least you can do, and one of the great things about being an American.
October 27th, 2014
contrary to what you see here on the site I have been writing quite a bit… it seems I have started so many different things, but not finished nearly as many. As I have mentioned before, the quote from Ecclesiates; “It is better to finish something than to start it” still applies…so, part of the reason is my studios upgrades in the last 2 months…some of my new software upgrades required a new Operating System…but I could not yet let go of my old, because some of my software only works over there… so that meant a new computer (now 2 in studio, not counting laptop and ipad)… It is working ok with 3 screens, one large and 2 standard panel…I also upgraded a couple of programs, and got some very cool hardware as well…all of this translates into learning curves galore! I decided yesterday just to finish one of the many different tunes…a kind of sketch called “everyday”. I was messing with some sounds; Rhodes, big bangin drums, oozing – percolating bass, layers o’ percussions – and here we are…
everyday like the good book say
I wanna get on my knees and pray
kingdom first great joy burst
through all of the work and play
truth say theres just 1 way
its ok its ok
give me take from me as you will I learn
slowly and stubbornly I learn to yield
with strange hopefulness as from a field
of hard fought battle won the victor chief
turns thankfully although his heart do yearn
so from my old things to the new I turn
with sad thee trusting heart and not in grief
so Lord if you take from me all the rest
to have you Lord is to have your best
the Son rise everyday
October 20th, 2014
I thought it might be fun to put a page up with their logos…
October 17th, 2014
this is on my “to do” list;
October 3rd, 2014
I know these have been out for a while – but I just watched them this week…Sound City and Muscle Shoals. Both documentaries have a lot of amazing talent and artists represented, but the conclusions about what makes great music remain mysterious at best. The Sound City documentary was spearheaded by Dave Grohl, ex-Nirvana drummer, and Foo Fighters renaissance man. His view is basically that the Neve 8078 sound board was what was largely responsible for creating the magical Sound City sound. Sound City also had a famous recording room ambiance, that was somehow ideal for the right drum sound among other things. People talked about what a dirty mess the studio was with shag carpet on the walls and no real sound treatments to the main recording area…but all agreed the songs and music recorded there were raw and honest in a very desirable way. Some of the featured artists in Sound City were Tom Petty, Rick Rubin, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield and Stevie Nicks (among many others). Muscle Shoals goes off into a different direction talking about the songs coming from the location…”songs coming from the mud”. Along the Tennesse River in Alabama ( “In the middle of nowhere”) you have some of the most important R&B of the time being created…by musicians called the “Swampers”, Alabamas “Wrecking Crew”. You have Bono, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and others sharing their stories about how the songs, musicians, location and times all influenced their musical adventures in unforgettable ways. Rick Hall is the man of the hour in this documentary, since he was the one who was having the obsession to create Fame Studios and the Muscle Shoals sound. Of personal interest and influence (I always dug Land of 1,000 Dances) was the drummer in the Swampers, Roger Hawkins he has been on a few hits, and he is so down to earth…as a drummer I enjoyed his input, and the Swampers made some of the greasiest R&B in the day! Both documentaries were very entertaining and a joy to watch!