Archive for January, 2010

we are going to Holland this week

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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Grandfather died. I really loved the Corporal…he lived a vibrant healthy life up until his sudden death at 94 (last week). I will be posting the Wednesday Wallop (best name I have to date for the song a week) as usual. I must warn you though – with the emotions and experiences being what they are I have hit a decidedly techie Euro sounding piece, named for now “squank” – If everything goes as planned, should go up Wednesday. I intend to tweak and post from Holland. Until then here is a photo for your enjoyment.

new song > so this is love

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
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this was a rough one….dogs barking during vox takes, lyrical uncertainties, questionable motivations, issues swarmed around….. unblinking – I forged ahead and will have to release it. Now, of course, you might say “you don’t have to release it”…I don’t, you are right, but I want to do a song a week remember? This was one of the more dangerous moments in the continuity hazard though. You can listen to the new song

so this is love

so this is love you’ve come to show
so this is love i feel it grow
shining on my heart to see
so this is love eternally

ba da da ba da da do da
ba da da ba da da do da da da

so this is love Lord deep and bright
so this is love that’s taking flight
flying over land and sea
so this is love you give to me

ba da da ba da da do da
ba da da ba da da do da da da

so this is love Lord let it flow
so this is love the world must know
conquering all death and sin
so this is love what love i’m in

ba da da ba da da do da
ba da da ba da da do da da da

Ezekiel and idols of the heart

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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it has been a very fascinating journey through Ezekiel. I am in chapter 14 now, and considering the warnings God gave to Jerusalem… I also think on applications in my own life, especially idols in my heart. God would have us all put Him first, because if we don’t, we are easily led astray and hurt. I find so many parallels with our times, and the amazing thing is that I haven’t even hit the famous chapters that are so popular with students of prophecy. Chuck Missler said Ezekiel is one of the least read books of the old testament. I have no idea why – unless it is because we see God so clearly in Ezekiel that the enemy would not want us to be informed. It is a book for today. Lessons leap out at every turn. Further, the bible is such a wonderful book in its consistency and truthfulness. Running parallels from the Old Testament up through Revelation is inspiring. 66 books, 80 men and thousands of years working with 1 author in God, WOW. If anyone is interested in the online audio I am using in this study – the link is here.

new song > glorious day

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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this song is a pretty upbeat little number. May it put a smile on your face. I had the good pleasure of collaborating with Matt Leonetti, and he laid down the Hammond (much appreciated)… I have a confession to make. I don’t know what I am doing. There. I said it. I don’t know chords, I don’t know music theory, it takes me a long time to make the one man band stuff sound like a group. In a way it is strange – because I think one of the strongest “urges” or “ïmpulses” I have is to write songs. I have many, many songs, and that is one of the reasons I want to try to write a song a week for a year…to see what comes out. BTW, if you did not know it – that is the musical P.A.W. (piece a week) initiative. I am still looking for something catchy in the name, if you have something please let me know. this song officially marks number 5…how many weeks to go? 47? Here is glorious day, if you want to listen to it

i look out my window on this minnesota morning
i see that old sun rise and shine

white snow seems a blanket
on this sleeping earth i take its
going to be a day of livin so divine

its a glorious day
its a glorious day now yeah
its a glorious day

as i’m walking down the street
the evergreens they wave at me
the blue sky smiles and a jay bird sings a song of praise

i got hopes and i got dreams
difficulties but it seems
the good Lord never ceases to amaze

its a glorious day
its a glorious day now yeah
its a glorious day

i just want to praise you Lord,
i’m fearfully and wonderfully made
my soul does know this well

i just ask you search me out
try me know my thoughts
and wheres theres wickedness
my Lord let your Spirit quell

its a glorious day
its a glorious day now yeah
its a glorious day


new song > go vikings (pump this party)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
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this weeks song is for the Minnesota Vikings and the fans that make it all happen. I salute you all. I also want to thank Tim, Jill, Halle, Courtney, Rick and Matt for your voxels and guitar work, as well as the use of the portable digital Zoom unit, and of course my wife – who had the Go Vikings idea to start with. You all certainly made it a better result. You can listen to the song here you can download it here. I am now off to send this to folks that expressed interest in it. Here is to having a victory against Dallas!

Preparing for Ezekiel

Monday, January 11th, 2010
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I am getting ready to study Ezekiel, and decided to get some preparatory insight. I opted for the Ray Stedman audio stream, “Wheels, Bones and Restoration”, which is found here. Once you click there you will need to scroll down to find the above titled stream. I highly recommend this preface to anyone wanting to have a nice primer to Ezekiel. I also would like to suggest the Blue Letter Bible (which I have done previously), as a great online resource for bible study. It is a light weight and powerful tool, linking Hebrew and Greek, commentaries, study guides and a host of other resources on the wonderful www.

new song > cradle to the grave

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
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Well – here is my latest song. I am calling it cradle to the grave. The main melody, which the sax plays, has been in my mind for some time. I did not really plan on doing it in a jazz style, and I am not particularly “jazz literate”, which any true jazz player will notice immediately. I was playing with the melody one day with the walking bass and noticed it worked – and , well, here you go. I want to thank Jon for his help on the chords, and Josh for the sax playing. It was actually a lot of fun to record, improving is a blast.

cradle to the grave

this world is terminally twisted
from the cradle to the grave
and for all the reasons listed, though fawn you,
oh no not a single one can save

but my friends I must warn you, of the time I must say
when all hell will break loose and they ‘ll come with a noose
and there’s no one left to save

na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

though your back might be breaking
and the sweat stings your eyes
and your loved ones forsaking my friends well I guess
you should not be surprised

we’re all chained to this world now
and we all got to pull
but to be in this worlds
not to be of this world
because that’s of a fool


sax solo

drum solo

it’s so good to be alive
i wouldn’t have it any other way
you and i have some choices to make
every day
from the cradle to the grave

na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, n

The Rohan Master

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
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The Rohan Hours is a book I have had the pleasure of obtaining from my (now late) aunt Topsy. She was an ardent art enthusiast, and she gave me several art books when I helped her move to Minnesota from Boston. She gave me a wonderful gift in these books, and to share I plan scanning and posting images from one of these books titled Grandes Heures de Rohan, which is French for the Grand Hours Of Rohan. This is a book of hours painted by an anonymous artist named the Rohan Master, dated +/- 1430. I will attempt to include the images in relation to their month, starting with January.

You can click on the image to enlarge.

In this first illustration we see a bearded peasant advanced in years warming himself by a log fire.

The image next to him shows God the Father symbolized in a scene from creation.

The Rohan Master, Book of Hours January

The Rohan Master, Book of Hours January