Archive for January, 2009

top 10 CDs sold a total of about 350,000 copies last week

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
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yikes – it is going from a decline into a full out tailspin. After the top 10 the numbers don’t really matter, as far as the majors are concerned…the article that I got this stat from said last weeks number 1 fromTaylor Swift sold under 62,000. They did not say what the download stats are – but I suspect the trend reflects the change in consumers buying habits.The day of the cd is entering the same place in history as the 8 track tape and vinyl records…farewell fair cd.

Pieter Bruegel

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
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is a painter from the 1500’s that I am a big fan of. I recently did a several enlargements from his virtue vice series – and I think I will be looking at and into these for weeks to come. Here are some oil painting copies for your viewing pleasure.

The four below are (in order) Tower of Babel, The Triumph of Death, Winter Landscape With a Birdtrap, The Fall of The Rebel Angels…click on the image for a largerview.

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hell

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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I was reading in a poem recently and the writer used the line “Hells freezing north no tempest can send out” and I found myself wondering about hell… the images of hell tend to lean toward the burning…but here was a poet using hell and freezing together…and I don’t mean the comedians using hell freezing over as an impossible ETA. We having burning fire – we have burning frost, and as far as the bible (KJV) is concerned we have about 54 references to hell. So, what is hell? I won’t presume to know – but from what I gather in scripture it is definitely not a place I want to end up. Hell and fire are used several times together in scripture. Hell is often referred to as deep, and in depths. Jesus used a dump outside of Jerusalem, which had continuous fire and worms as a handy descriptor for hell. In luke 16:24 the rich man (in hell) actually sought a dialogue with the beggar (who was in heaven) – and was wanting a drop of water to cool his tongue, and he does mention specifically being in torment in the flames. When we look at the etymology for hell it comes from the Hebrew ???? – sh?’owl.. the word means basically hollow, a hollow and subterranean place. Words like void and empty might help as well. The word is derived from ‘asking’ – asking for, or demanding all ad infinitum. Maybe a person could say hell is demanding everything and receiving nothing in return, forever. Sounds hellish to me. One more note is how rarely we hear hell being spoken of as a serious consequence in church (or anywhere for that matter). Clearly Jesus took this subject seriously – and spoke of it on several different occassions, as a warning.

– 129 F

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
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that’ll make ya sit up straight…today we have a temperature in Minnesota of -20…I was wondering what the coldest temperature ever recorded was… and I found that in Vostok Antartica on July 21 1983 the temperature of -129 F was recorded. It seems the coldest temperature possible artificially is -272.15 C – which is less than 1 degree above ‘absolute zero’ a temperature we cannot achieve (apparently). At this temperature helium liquefies. I find the study of cold somewhat interesting (cryogenics) – and largely unexplored like much of creation. So however cold it gets right now in MN – just remember – on the big scale – it really isn’t that cold outside. And – buckle up the kiddies – it’s probably going to be ch-ch-chilly for a while.

psalm 147:15-18

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
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He sends His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly

He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ash

He hurls down the hail like pebbles.

Who can withstand His icy blast?

He sends His word and melts them;

He stirs up his breezes and the waters flow

as I look out on this cold morning, with the pale sky, and the leafless trees I am struck with the severity of winter, and the comfort of Gods love. I am also struck with the severity of Gods love in that He would that we see things clearly. Often in the bible snow is used as an example of how God will wash us, our stain of sin,  whiter than snow. It is said that those things that are best – are offered in most abundance. I would like to see the white blankets of snow, and its beauty and variety, and be reminded of Gods forgiveness and overwhelming assurance in recreating me through Christ, and His offering on the cross. The snow being spread like wool – is very much a blanket, and I find myself consoled this day in Gods comfort.

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photo copyright national geographic

had an interesting discussion today…

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
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with a group at a local church…the topic was ‘the shack’ – a book creating many waves in and out of the church. Although the views were varied and thoughtful – I am concerned how much fiction (as clearly this book is) can be approached as fact / truth. I think some of the questions we need to ask ourselves when experiencing books, movies and art is ‘ what is this doing to me’…? Is this edifying? Is this helping me in my walk with God? After all – good art is not what it is – but rather – what it does.

the shack

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
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…reading this book for a discussion I am having at a church Tuesday…it is to be mild, a bad book…bad story, bad theology, and even bad style…no wonder it sold over 2 million copies. I knew it would be rough when the author in the introduction called God the Great Interferer with a wink and a nudge…what a blind man (Young). If  the book wasn’t given to me I’d have tossed it into the wood burning stove.

cold moon rising

Saturday, January 10th, 2009
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saw the moon unblinking this morning as I went to drop my son off at wrestling…gently trod the snowshoe path in my slippers to grab an image. I couldn’t get it sharp – so I had to accept an impressionist interpretation.

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it is like this…

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
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we have a couple of bassists – and a couple of board players that will be showing up for the audition Monday…I was hoping for a little something more from ya’ll – but no worries. I have just finished the solo on “miss your bliss”which I hope to get out later this week – early next…it certainly has been a lot of fun – and some sweat equity (when does the monetary equity hit?). I have been playing with a few different projects in the studio – looking at a rather big book of songs that need to be worked out. I was thinking recently about commerce and the music industry…and how I am here with great inspiration, great desires and an almost laughable lack of anything tangible supporting my muse – other than I have the ideas (assignments), the means, and the determination to follow up on this…what more should be necessary? I labor on.

looking for a bassist and board player

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
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I am working with the infamous Rick A on putting an band together…if you – or someone you know might fit the bill..i.e  pro, diverse, clear headed, experienced etc etc – shout it out. Finder reward is a “I knew it” t-shirt.