Archive for April, 2012

thoughts on music…

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
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someone came up to me the other day and said “I wish I could play the drums like you”. Oh I said – you grab a stick and hit a drum for starters – do you want me to show you how? “Nooooo”, they responded “I was just sayin”…and there, my friends, lies the rub. (more…)

new song and video

Friday, April 20th, 2012
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Production is heavy underway for the new video and song which I hope to have out in the next weeks…here are kenneth and lisa, both amazing in their acting instincts. Kenneth you may recognize from spots on TV, most notably the one I have seen is during Twins games, he is the fishing guy in this commercial here he is on shoot day for the video (click to enlarge)billy

Lisa is a busy dancer in local dance companies, I don’t have any vids for her stuff but I’ll tell you she was the phenomenal temptress, here is her look on shoot day. The name and background of the song will be coming soon as well, as well as a few images from the video as they develop.lisa


Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Not long ago I was reading a blog that talks a lot about investment, money and finances. My time spent there reading the blog is based not so much on the fact I have a lot of stocks or even a lot of money. I don’t. The reason I read the blog is there is ample evidence a lot of our current events come down (unfortunately) to power and money, speaking from the worlds “top” governmentally, socially etc…in other words, if you are interested at all in what is going on in a socio-economic or political sense – you would probably do better to follow the flow of money in the world than cnn, foxnews or some party cabal. Anyway…moving on to my point. One of the quotes written under one of the postings at this site was about value…the writer said value was not a function of quantity but of quality…this is paraphrasing a bit – but his point is startling. How many people do you know that put value in amounts? How much money? How many things? And in the process ignore the quality of what is most worth noting, and that is the quality of life. We might add to his point that quality is determined to a large degree by purity. Pure wool, pure orange juice, pure gold…pure music (in this sense music that is free and clear from noise and is life like or bringing the listener into the closest proximity to the actual music statement) all with the least taint are of the highest value….and best of all – purity; life cleansed in the blood of Christ offering you and I complete forgiveness for our sins. If you can read this you have an internet connection and are likely wealthy from a worldly standpoint. You, like me, are in the top 1% globally. We have running water, electricity, a home, a fridge with food. We can walk down the street free from fear to stores filled with anything you might desire. If you pay any attention to the folks around you, you will know contentment is a rare commodity. There is actually a secret to being content regardless of ones circumstances. So where does that bring us? What do you value? Are you content? Are you pursuing what makes you feel most alive, or are you having the life sucked out of you as you pursue “things” in their tyranny? It is my prayer that you would know Christ on a personal level, and that you would seek Him first, and let the rest be added. In this process alone do we come to understand true value.

new music > tea in tyva

Sunday, April 15th, 2012
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got a new snare head Saturday and wanted to mess with writing a little something and stumbled into this piece…not exactly a standard 🙂

messed with some bigger drums, an obligatory drum roll, native singing, and soaring sounds…and no, this is not the “Car-esque” tune… anyway – enjoy.

on songs, squirrels and shiny things

Friday, April 13th, 2012
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I have a confession to make. I am easily distracted. My daughter calls it the “squirrel” syndrome. She got the idea from the movie up. Note – mediaplayer is in playlist mode – so please close after video… Truth is I am barraged by fascinating and beautiful sensory input. That would be from this thing called life. A friend of mine jokes about it being from my eye catching shiny things. Anyway, from a creative standpoint it can create moving hurdles, as ideas come and go, move in and out of the minds periphery in varying degrees of fascination. Someone pretending to understand might try to enclose this in the coffin of a name like ADD or something (which I would happily refute should anyone care to do so). As a matter of fact this creative life is mysterious and wonderful, it is deep and wide with possibilities, it is broad and long in travel time – with no apparent end in existence, unless imposed by the creator. I hesitate to use creator for people – as in truth we are more akin to finders (more on that later and elsewhere). Anyhow – I planned on doing a quick something yesterday – stumbled onto a vintage sounding something else completely that inspired me to write something Car-esque. You know Ocasek and Co? Anyway – it could be frustrating if I wanted to deliver any of a number of other things already in the works…or I could just share what I did – and a lyric idea I wrote on my way to the drum lesson I was giving. I know many folks won’t be able to get anything whatsoever from this scribbling – but it will all make sense when I put the song out OK? Besides – I like the colors… The imagination is an amazing gift isn’t it? SQUIRREL!

(oh – and by the way – any time any one of us “makes an image” in our mind we are using our imagination – let’s be careful about that sacred endeavor ok?)

new album

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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I was talking to a friend from Nashville recently – he was sharing his thoughts on music, his music, my music, his bosses music (very big boss > hint > blind piano player singer with many hits and awards)…and he suggested I do a ” buffet” style album – like, you choose 10 tunes – I make the cd. Could be cool. I am planning on either a best of from the wallops stuff, or maybe the special order approach…not sure…maybe both. I have some kewl art for the album, and this will be the first time I do the proper release through itunes etcetera. I was also thinking of adding a business link, where I can ruminate on my experiences in the business of music. It may not put you on the Forbes 500, but it should be entertaining and somewhat informative. I am hoping to put a short bit up on my next tune which will be accompanied by a video in the next few days when I have a better grasp of timelines. Thats all for now!

schongauer crucifixion

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
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soldiers cast lots for Christs clothes as He hangs on the cross

circa 1480

Now, ere I sleep, I wonder what I shall dream.

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
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Some sense of being, utter new, may come
Into my soul while I am blind and dumb–
With shapes and airs and scents which dark hours teem,
Of other sort than those that haunt the day,
Hinting at precious things, ages away
In the long tale of us God to himself doth say.


new song > lord of the dust heap

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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lord of the dustheap is a lava like sonically oozing audio piece with heavy electro effects, limping weighed down drums, a broken amplifier, spitting defiant voxsels that meld into mosquito like weak submission and defeat, subterranean wheezing and experimental digital distortion…what else would you expect? The piece has the following basic movements;
arrogance > mystery > heightened arrogance > judgement and destruction > mystery
This one is not for the faint of heart…but as a caveat I would say as we enter into Easter how awesome it is that despite the terror and insanity that swirled around Christ approaching the cross He remained steadfast to overcome and defeat death! Amen!


I’m a lord I’m a lord of the dustheap
I’m a lord of the flies and the hot heat
I’m a lord I’m a lord of the dustheap
rubber tongue forked tongue
now watch me

Ahhh I’m a lord I’m the lord of the dustheap
I’m a lord of the flies see
I’m the lord I’m the lord of the dustheap
rubber tongue worm tongue this is how I see it
I’m the lord I’m the lord of the dustheap
I’m a lord bringing blind into society
and like my card says let me take you downtown

I’m a lord I’m the lord of the dustheap
I’m a lord of the flies and the hot heat
I’m a lord I’m the lord of the dustheap
rubber tongue forked tongue
broke down watch me