Archive for June, 2011

Which mic / drum head / guitar string /—- should I use?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
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1. Knowledge trumps ignorance.
2. Experience trumps knowledge.
3. What you hear that day in the control room trumps experience.
4. How it fits in the arrangement trumps what you hear that day.
5. What the whole thing makes you feel in your heart trumps all.

The “Fatman” makes a case for priorities, that I can see applying to a lot of situations in life…

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Durer > Knight, Death and the Devil

Sunday, June 26th, 2011
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knight death the devil

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This is another image I have up in my studio, and it is part of a series of 3 large prints known as his Meisterstiche (master engravings). The print embodies the state of moral virtue. We see death with his hourglass reminding us of the brevity of life…and a devil with a pig snout, somewhat cross-eyed trying to distract. The knight seems unfazed and rides on in comfort of his faith as armor. There are references to Erasmus given in studies of this print, and I quote from Metmuseum;

The artist may have based his depiction of the “Christian Knight” on an address from Erasmus’s Instructions for the Christian Soldier (Enchiridion militis Christiani), published in 1504: “In order that you may not be deterred from the path of virtue because it seems rough and dreary … and because you must constantly fight three unfair enemies—the flesh, the devil, and the world—this third rule shall be proposed to you: all of those spooks and phantoms which come upon you as if you were in the very gorges of Hades must be deemed for naught after the example of Virgil’s Aeneas … Look not behind thee.”

The knight also has his trusty dog joining him, in confidence and focus.

new song > sorry babe

Monday, June 6th, 2011
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Well, here it is… the post I have been putting off for some time. Why? Because it marks a new venture. No – I am not necessarily going to write a song a week for another year. The truth is, this is MUCH more ambitious / intimidating… and I hesitate to say much more specifically about it now – because of the trepidation with which I will hold myself responsible. Not making sense? OK, don’t worry – you will notice that this song, “sorry babe” starts a new song table. The new project is going to be called (for now) The M Initiative. I have a bit of a vision, and plan – inspired by specific events which I will explain at a later date. Right now let’s just say “man makes his plans and God guides his path” regarding the M Initiative.
Now on another note – the song “sorry babe” was actually started years ago when my wife and I were in a very big seemingly insurmountable fight. The opening line “she went out to get the mail, never came back and I never could tell…” kind of stood in the front of my mind demanding attention. I sketched a basic idea and moved on. Last week I had a new lyric about “the last coal flicker in the firelight” come to me while I was mowing the lawn…then I started hearing harmonicas and here we are. A good friend, (thanks Jim!) loaned me his harmonica set – and I stumbled my way through learning and recording for this song. For the record this song is not completely autobiographical – but I would be remiss to say I understand the inner workings of the muse, and how we are inspired, influenced and ultimately just plain hammer and tape things together for a result…. Today my wife and I are stronger than ever – but if you would have told me that then – I would have laughed in your face. Click the arrow or download as you prefer.

spoken thoughts > The Battle Belongs to the Lord

Saturday, June 4th, 2011
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…continuing on in the “spoken thoughts” series, I would like to share some bits gleaned from reading 2 Chronicles 20. I have to admit – I really, really enjoyed this passage. There is so much practical and epic going on, it holds up well to multiple readings. Again, I recorded this under less than ideal conditions, and I did my best on a “1 take” with minimal processing treatment – so you will have my delays, my throat clearing and all that good stuff. Hey – I am just sharing here :-)! Anyway – it is a bit long +/- 18 minutes, and I hope it inspires you as it did me.

But, like a virtuous medicine, self-diffused

Saturday, June 4th, 2011
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Through all men’s hearts thy love shall sink and float;
Till every feeling false, and thought unwise,
Selfish, and seeking, shall, sternly disused,
Wither, and die, and shrivel up to nought;
And Christ, whom they did hang ‘twixt earth and skies,
Up in the inner world of men arise.


This, this alone thy father careth for—

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
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That men should live hearted throughout with thee—
Because the simple, only life thou art,
Of the very truth of living, the pure heart.
For this, deep waters whelm the fruitful lea,
Wars ravage, famine wastes, plague withers, nor
Shall cease till men have chosen the better part.