April 21st, 2016
Faith heaves the world round to the heavenly dawn,
In whose great light the soul doth spell and read
Itself high-born, its being derived and drawn
From the eternal self-existent fire;
Then, mazed with joy of its own heavenly breed,
Exultant-humble falls before its awful sire.
April 12th, 2016
picked up some new waves plug ins – including the Kramer PIE – lathered that all over a drum track > fun <
el boomo (audio only)
March 24th, 2016
If you have ever visited this site before you know among my favorite artists is Martin Schongauer, who lived 1445 – 1491. Since I have already posted images of his in previous years, I decided to add some of the passion series he engraved to supplement previous images. May you be blessed in this extra-ordinary, and hope filled time of year! The images below are titled; agony in the garden,the betrayel of Christ,Christ before Pilate, the flaggelation of Christ, ecce homo, Christ bearing His cross, Christ on the cross, the Resurrection (Click on image to view larger version).
February 24th, 2016
… so this next new song has met with some positive views from within the “inner circle” which believe me is not always the case. Not long ago I was on a cruise and I loved the look of the waves flowing by and thought it would make a cool video. I basically shot the 2 – 3 minutes straight and waited for the opportune song. Lookin happens to be the opportune song. The song is about reminiscing in a way…time flowing by… whispers warehoused in the memory as a shout… you know all that. I wrote the guitar progression in garageband then had Mike Wyatt play the guitar… I did a simple looped drum thing with brushes and then, of course, vocals. The funny thing about the lyric is I wrote the first chorus a loooong time ago – and part of it got smeared from sitting in a pocket… I really liked the part that got smeared but couldn’t for the life of me remember it. Oh well… sometimes I feel like the mad professor misplacing and losing things. Hope you enjoy the latest!
lookin (audio only)
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February 4th, 2016
It makes the bastard self seem in the right,
Self, self the end, the goal of human bliss.
But if the Christ-self in us be the might
Of saving God, why should I spend my force
With a dark thing to reason of the light–
Not push it rough aside, and hold obedient course?
December 30th, 2015
sooo – that was 2015 eh? Was it me or did this year whistle right on by? This next song, “everything burns” came about a while back as I had a huge bonfire in my back yard. I did some footage with my iphone in slo-motion and was suitably interested in the dancing very orange flames. The lyric and melody came at once – partially inspired by some graffiti I saw some time back. I did not know “everything burns” was in a Batman movie. Anyway, as I thought about the term I wrote the song with the idea playing off of some of the various burnings and fires in scripture (Hebrews 12:29, about our God being a consuming fire…Revelations 20:14 with death and hell being cast into a lake of fire…Acts 2:3 the tongues of fire at Pentecost…1 Corinthians 3:13 with our works being tested by fire…2 Peter 3:7 the heaven and earth being reserved for fire in judgement), after trying a few ideas – it became too much, almost forced… it is not meant to be at all “dark” – but my wife said it sounds depressing, oh well…. I like the repetitive melody and lyrics – and what basically is my only vocal take on the song (originally just a guide)… maybe this is one of those graffiti-esque musical jottings… I ended up not using my slo-motion flame shots because one got “corrupted” with a text title when I was trying to flip the perspective using an app on my phone…. so I opted for some video-blocks I have from a trial subscription – and I have my logo “fired” for fun. Right. 2015 revealed the benchmark of 100 published songs on my website. I feel pretty good about that. Don’t know if you have ever written, performed, produced and mixed a song, but the number 100 feels important to me. It is also a part of the larger “M initiative” …It is funny to think about how far I have come musically from the first songs, and subsequent doubts (which I still have), only to get accepted by several international agencies and end up on major broadcast cable tv with some decent money to boot. I still feel very much like a beginner in music. Some people complain about writers block – I feel like I have writers “burst”… I really have so many ideas musically (and artistically in general), and recently have been starting way too many and not finishing near enough. It is such a joy to make music and create in general, God is so good. There looks to be a lot coming in 2016, so strap yourself in, and, get ready, the best is yet to come!
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December 2nd, 2015
What weakness! Our Lord lived 30 years in Nazareth with His brethren who did not believe on Him (John 7:5). He lived 3 years of scandal, popularity and hatred, fascinated a dozen illiterate men, who at the end of 3 years all forsook Him and fled (Mark 14:50); and finally He was taken by the powers that be and crucified outside the city wall. Judged from every standpoint except the standpoint of the Spirit of God, His life was a most manifest expression of weakness and the idea would be strong to those in the pagan world who thought anything about Him, that surely now He and His crazy tale were stamped out.
November 1st, 2015
Thou know’st our evens, our morns, our red and gray;
How moons, and hearts, and seasons rise and fall;
How we grow weary plodding on the way;
Of future joy how present pain bereaves,
Rounding us with a dark of mere decay,
Tossed with a drift Of summer-fallen leaves.
September 12th, 2015
I recently watched the movie Standing In The Shadow Of Motown. The entire movie was good, though I was a little less into the guest spot cameos of people covering the hits (Bootsy on bass > oh yeah – singing classic Motown? not so much). There was a lot of talk in the movie how unknown the Funk Brothers were and are, since back in the day album credits rarely listed session musicians. Drummer Steve Jordan said at one point; the band was so happening that you could put any singer in front of them and they’d have a hit. Often times studio musicians recognize this and just accept that as part of the gig, but the sheer number of hits and almost complete anonymity of these Funk Brothers is truly eye-popping. One of the most brutal examples of this came during a section featuring guitarist Robert White (who wrote the well known intro to My Girl). The guitarist was at a restaurant and My Girl came on the radio. Someone in the restaurant came up to the booth White was dining at and was gushing at that intro “do you hear that? It’s amazing!” and Robert White, who wrote it, looked up and said “yeah I…” then stopped, looked down, and said “I’ll order the BBQ chicken”. His friend asked him later – “why didn’t you tell him that was you?” And Robert responded “nah – he’d never believe some old washed up guy like me”…the friend stated Robert was always on the outside looking in. I was struck by that. Here was a guy who was on many, many number one hits, playing with an amazing roster of talent, living what many would consider “the dream” and he was on the outside looking in. But he isn’t alone.
Shut Up and Play the Hits features the last show of LCD Soundsystems (the show is very good) interspersed with the quiet, somewhat desperate and doubting day to day unwinding life of James Murphy as he calls it quits with LCD Soundsystems. If you want another example of someone on the outside looking in, watch this. The contrast of high energy concert with an almost bleak depressed “everyday life” as Murphy goes about his business makes the whole thing even heavier. A part of me wondered if Murphy was shooting for some melodrama, in being emotionally neutral, or even flat – but the interview brings out the gnawing doubts he lives 24/7. Outside looking in. And this got me thinking..why? Read the rest of this entry »
September 1st, 2015
great movie on the unsung heroes of motown hits
Do you know the Funk Brothers? This movie is a great documentary on Detroits version of the Wrecking Crew!