Archive for September, 2009

meeting with an artist…

Sunday, September 20th, 2009
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…hooking up with the inimitable JDP for some ideas on the album cover. We have talked about a couple of different directions – and hopefully we can get something out in short order. In mix news all tracks are more or less done with the exception of Miss Your Bliss – which is being re-worked. Hotbed is about 50% finished – but I don’t think it will end up on the album. I am considering a ‘single’ approach on releases – as with downloads and the web distribution becomes something different – we will see.

blood flow

Sunday, September 20th, 2009
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in Isaiah 63:2-6 Christ in His second coming will judge, and execute wrath with grisly authority. When we read the passage in Isaiah with Revelation 14:14-20 we find an almost unspeakable scenario of wrath and violence. In Isaiah 63 Christ is quoted as saying He trampled on Gods enemies and the blood stained His garments. Have you ever considered what it might be like to be trampled to this extent? Where one is literally crushed like a grape and blood spatters? If this is not graphic enough – turn to Revelation and find that in Revelation 14:19-20 an angel swings his sickle and throws the “grapes” into the winepress of Gods wrath. As we read the passage we see again they are trampled outside of the city and blood flows out of the press as high as a horses bridle for a distance of 1,600 stadia (4.5 feet high 180 miles long). Did you catch that? A river of blood 180 miles long and 4 feet deep. Theories abound as to how this might happen – and the point of horses and men in war provide blood enough for such a flow should not be ignored. I certainly don’t know how this will occur – but even when the winepress symbolism is taken metaphorically – there is still a specific measurement in the flow of blood, which I would take literally. Perhaps there is a sudden and great collision on an advancing army from an asteroid of some kind. Try making a precious moments doll from a scenario like that. You might ask – why in the world write about such a horrific biblical text? Well – simply because I am reading Isaiah and this struck me as particularly relevant to our age of shiny happy everything is peaches and cream preaching. Along with the hope we have in Christ, the joy of the Holy Spirit and the unfailing love of God, we need to remember that judgement is coming, and we would not want to be the ones trampled underfoot.

fortitude

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
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fortitude - from the 7 virtues

fortitude - from the 7 virtues

In ‘fortitude’ Pieter Bruegel illustrates the militant qualities required to overcome evil. An angel is in the foreground with a pillar (strength), a book (Gods word), and chains shackling evil. Many grotuesque and common forms of evil are being defeated (peacock – pride, pig – gluttony, funnel – drunkenness / surgical quackery?) A castle is watched calmly…(Psa 22:20; Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. ) Created c. 1560, Fortitude features the following inscription in the lower margin: ANIMVM VINCERE, IRACVNDIAM COHIBERE, CAETERAQ [VE] VITIA ET, AFFECTVS | COHIBERE, VERA FORTITVDO EST (To conquer one’s impulses, to restrain anger and the other vices and emotions: this is the true fortitude). In a time when feelings and permissiveness are emphasized, an inspiring truth.

podcast tonight

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
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a special moment – I will be on the Geeksradio broadcast tonight – 5:00 CST (6:00 EST). I don’t know which song they will play – but the format is varied to say the least – be sure to check it out!

“things do go wrong…

Saturday, September 12th, 2009
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…I know grief, pain and fear.
I see them lord it sore and wide around.”
From her fair twilight answers Truth, star crowned,
“Things wrong are needful where wrong things abound.
Things go not wrong; but Pain, with dog and spear,
False faith from human hearts will hunt and hound.
The earth shall quake ‘neath them that trust the solid ground.”

music news

Friday, September 11th, 2009
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currently I am at 11 songs mastered of 12 possible for the cd. I am in the process of putting together a title and art. I like ‘hopes run high’ as a title, but this and the art are still up in the air. There is a lot going on behind the scenes – kind of like a duck you see gently floating on the water – but underneath the legs are wildly flailing. I am working on 2 new songs – one drum centered called ‘hotbed’ which is a new orleans style thing…and another jazzy styled song without lyrics – which will be a first foray into a pseudo jazzy genre for yours truly. Hope you all are having a great day!

new photo gallery viewer

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
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if you look in the photo section you will see a new gallery viewer…it is pretty cool – and should allow you to do a kind of slide show once you view an image (GO SEE)…will be uploading more galleries as I figure this out.