Archive for August, 2011

playin da pans for tha Lord>>Psalm 118:24

Friday, August 26th, 2011
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Don’t ask me to play your cocktail hour… 🙂 I got my hands on a steel drum (soprano) for a first (thanks mom!)…. and wrote this basic melody pretty much 15 seconds out of the box….what I have here is with and without vocals……steel drums – they bring one straight to the island don’t they? Honestly – they are a bit hard to record – so hopefully my technique there will improve as time goes on. If you want the vocals they are below the music player links. And as always – click the arrow to stream – and download to download.

play da pans mahn

play da pans mahn

with vocals

without vocals

psalm 118:24
oh Lord i want to thank you for this day
Your love endures forever
i want to lift my voice unto you and praise
share joy together

this is the day the Lord made (2x)

oh Lord sometimes i get so tired and i
i lose my way from the folks out there and
i hear some folks they do conspire
but with You i know im ok

well when im down i know you lift me up
give me hope and make me feel better
oh Lord i know you’ll never let go no –
and so i’ll praise your name forever

this is the day the Lord made (2x)

i will rejoice…i will be glad

im not gonna be afraid

im not gonna be sad

im gonna lift up my hope

im gonna lift up my prayer

im gonna kneel down before the throne of my Lord

i got myself a brand new start (3x)


this is the day the Lord made (out)

Art of the Housebook Master

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
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One of the finest early engravers was an anonymous artist known as the Housebook Master because scholars have linked his work with drawings in the same style in a manuscript called the Hausbuch. Here is an excerpt from an online encyclopedia;

Master of the Housebook (Meister des Hausbuchs), fl. 1475–1500, German graphic artist. The master is named for a series of vigorous and sophisticated drawings of everyday life found in the Hausbuch at Castle Wolfegg. Many of his engravings are in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. His work is thought to have influenced Bosch, Bruegel, and Dürer.

Personally I love what little of his work I have seen…especially the informality, and I have included 3 pieces of his work here for your enjoyment; Death and Youth, A Dog Scratching Itself and The Holy Family. You can click each image to enlarge it.
death and youth small
dog scratching itself small
the holy family small

new song > are we gettin down now

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
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moon beams down on Bombay Beach

moon beams down on Bombay Beach

this is a little bit electro…some big beat…and a dash of breakbeat. I messed quite a bit with drums – ran a signal through a supermarket speaker effectively for the low-fi effect. The synthesizer solo is actually a sampled electricish zap…which I quite liked. There is vinyl being scratched – you know – basic songwriting stuff. I probably got away with too many effects on this… The story is one of beauty and betrayel…shoulda known better,

lyrics below

are we gettin down now

shes sliding into me so tall
whoah no go boom and get boomed tee
she said now baby you can have it all
i say i am into you and trouble free

i said now baby you come hard and tall
sharing moon going good in Bombay toe the line

she said now are we gettin down now
oh be kissin and go chit chitlin love
ahhh are we gettin down town
no i’m a gettin i’m a gettin i’m a gettin goin down

and so we walked along the beach and that was fine
she looked around and said baby you’re mine
she pulled a knife and held it to my neck
give your money she said, and off she went

and as i watched her walking down the beach
should i call her i beseeched no

she said now are we gettin down now
oh be kissin and go chit chitlin love
ahhh are we gettin down town
no i’m a gettin i’m a gettin i’m a gettin goin down (2x)

Baffled to Fight Better

Monday, August 1st, 2011
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The place for the comforter is not that of one who preaches, but of the comrade who says nothing, but prays to God about the matter. The biggest thing you can do for those who are suffering is not to talk platitudes, not to ask questions, but to get into contact with God, and the “greater works” will be done by prayer (see John 14:12-13). Job’s friends never once prayed for him; all they did was to try and make coin for the enrichment of their own creed out of his sufferings. We are not intended to understand Life. Life makes us what we are, but Life belongs to God. If I can understand a thing and can define it, I am its master. I cannot understand or define Life; I cannot understand or define God; consequently I am master of neither. Logic and reason are always on the hunt for definition, and anything that cannot be defined is apt to be defied, Rationalism usually defies God and defies life; it will not have anything that cannot be defined on a rational basis, forgetting that the things that make up elemental human life cannot be defined. There are teachers to-day who play the fool on these elemental lines; they declare that they can give guidance, but they only succeed in doing a fathomless amount of harm. A man is a criminal for knowing some things, he has no right to know them. The primal curse of God was on Adam when he ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam was intended to know good and evil, but not by eating of the fruit of the tree; God wanted him to know good and evil in the way Jesus Christ knew it, viz., by simple obedience to His Father. None of us by nature knows good and evil in this way, and when we are born from above we have to take care that we deal with reverence with the elemental things underlying life.

Chambers, O C 1931