Monthly Archives: October 2005

Music industry still singing the blues – Yahoo! News

Two headlines popped up on my “yahoo! news” this morning. I linked the first above.

The headline right below it?

“Ashlee [Simpson]:’I Am’ No. 1” (the article is about Simpson’s new CD being #1 in Billboard sales right now.)

Is it so hard to see the correlation? Nobody wants to buy the perfectly packaged crap [a la Simpson] the music industry has been feeding consumers.

This may seem backwards, I mean her CD is number 1. But, the point is that music sales are way down, and even if her sales are number 1, they’re still pitifully low especially considering how much money her label put up to market her. (my guess would be $2 million or more, but that’s just a guess)

This may only seem relevant to me, but you can go back to whatever you were doing, now.

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Posted by on October 27, 2005 in Uncategorized


something to feel good about

I’ve recently been spending a lot of time the web-site linked above. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do so now.

This guy…he’s my kind of guy.

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Posted by on October 26, 2005 in Uncategorized



I don’t cry much. My mom does. My wife does. Even my sister has become more and more of a crier as she gets older. I cried uncontrollably when my dad died nearly 12 years ago and it was a pretty sad state of affairs when petey died a few months ago. But, those sort of things are allowed.

When I do find myself tearing up, I fight pretty hard not to let anybody, even holly, know what’s happening. We’ve even got into fights because she’ll ask me if I’m crying and I get mad because I’m not. (but, sometimes I am…)

Sometimes, in movies, it’s just uncontrollable. 90% of the time it’s the actual music in the movie. This irritates me so much, because my mind knows that I’m being manipulated by another musician, but there’s no stopping the emotions…

Then I heard this sound. It’s just a weird little sound that’s almost more mechanical than musical in its rhythm. I’ve never felt my brain seem so small and useless in trying to come to grips with what this little sound actually means.

This strange little sound made it difficult to keep others from noticing tears in my eyes.

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Posted by on October 19, 2005 in Uncategorized


Jeffrey Overstreet on "Serenity"

1) I watched the TV series of Firefly last week and dug it.

2) Since I dug the show, I decided I wanted to go see the movie, Serenity which is a movie kind of finishing the show that got cancelled after one season. Dug the movie too.

3)I’ve been spending a lot of time on Jeffrey Overstreet’s web-site lately. He’s a writer and a critic from Seattle who approaches movies and music and art in the way I think more people (christians) should.

In other news, I have a gig this coming Saturday. I was really hoping to work up some new material for it, but about now, I’m just hoping that I can hammer down this stupid allergy crap enough to make it through. We’ll see.

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Posted by on October 19, 2005 in Uncategorized


Librarian Rediscovers Beethoven Score – Yahoo! News

I don’t really have anything to say about this, but I think that it’s cool. How cool will it be to actually hear this piece of music performed now?

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Posted by on October 13, 2005 in Uncategorized


reading list

I’ve got so many books going right now that it’s getting stupid:

Searching for God Knows What – Don Miller

Through Painted Deserts – Don Miller

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkein

In Other Words- Artists Talk about Life and Work by Anthony DeCurtis

The Message-I’ve had this sitting in the bathroom and been reading it while…(ahem)…my daily constitutional…

and today I just got A New Way to Be Human by Charlie Peacock from in the mail.

Today, I spent most of the day riding in the truck to take a piano to Oklahoma City. Instead of making some headway on one of the books listed above, I started re-reading The Story We Find Ourselves In by Brian McLaren. I think I got about 3/4 of the way through it. (it was a long day).

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Posted by on October 12, 2005 in Uncategorized



So, after chillin’ with Joan Jett last weekend, James and I kept talking about the movie she starred in with Michael J. Fox back in the ’80s called “The Light of Day”. James ended up finding it at the library and so the shacks and powers got together tonight to watch it.

It’s really not worth hunting down unless you’re really interested, but I remembered liking it when I saw it before and it wasn’t that bad.

I particularly liked this part where the band was hanging out at their old regular club and there’s this cheezy techno band playing on their stage. In the dialog, the band is called “The Problems”. “They used to be called The Sins, now they’re just called Problems…” The band was actually a trio: two guys playing keyboards/computers and a lead singer front and center playing a synth-drum pad…AWESOME!

THE CRAZIEST thing about this is that as we’re watching the credits at the end of the movie, they list all the members of all the bands in the show & TRENT REZNOR is one of the guys in Problems! If you don’t know who Trent Reznor is, he’s a pretty hard-core industrial artist producer who, among other things, produced Marilyn Manson and wrote the song “Hurt” that Johnny Cash redid.

If you could see this band “Problems” and knew who Trent Reznor is, you’d know why this is so outrageously crazy.

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Posted by on October 7, 2005 in Uncategorized