Archive for June, 2008

Like a Champion.

Hey all.

I know it’s been a while, but aside from work, not a whole lot going on. Quite a bit of WoW Playing, I suppose, but a lot of prayer and preparation has been going into something else. Something I’m very excited to be a part of

You all might recall that back in the summer of 2005, myself, David Butler, Truett Butler, and Robert Peugh set out to the Mountains of New Mexico, in a town called Eagle Nest. There we stayed for a solid week, being in fellowship together and working on a music project.

We dubbed it “an experimental worship album”. Basically, it consisted of scripture read to music, all thematically connected. When we set out, all we had was a name and some song ideas. The name was “This is Love”.

By the week’s end, we had an album that took you through the creation story, the results of man’s sin, prophecies of Christ, the Passion, the joy of redemption, and praises to His name.

I may be biased because I did the percussion work, but I seriously LOVE how this album turned out. I cannot tell you how AWESOME it is that this all just came together in one week. I don’t know how we did it, other than to simply say it was God. I wish I had it online so I could share it with you, unless you have it already. Sadly, I do not.

I’ve done two ska albums with these same guys (and five other members, heh) but I think this might just be some of the best music we’ve ever done. You can even click here to learn more about it in a post of mine from 2006.

Well, all that is to say: We’re doing it again.

In about 2-3 hours, Dave, Truett, Rob, and new member Holland will be here to pick me up, and we’re driving all night to Eagle Nest to place our talents and our entire week in the hands of God, hoping to come out with something really good that people will be blessed by.

We’re calling it “Like a Champion”.

It’s from Psalm 19
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

We’re a little more prepared this time, I think. We have a couple of tunes kind of set in stone already, and an idea for how the theme is going to play out, but it’s no less God using us, we hope. It’s been our prayer since we decided to do this.

To all of you reading this: I ask you to please be praying for us. For our safety as we travel. For our week to be productive and enjoyable. For God’s hand to be on this album. For us to get our selves out of the way and just be used by the almighty. More than anything, for that one.

I’ll be gone all week. God willing, I will return with great stories, great anticipation for what I hope is a great project, and LOTS of awesome photos.

I love ya guys, and I’ll see you sson.

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It ain’t happening.

Hi again guys.

This past weekend, I had a chance to see THREE films, two in theatre, and one that I should have seen a long time ago on DVD.

Let me tell you about the DVD one first: It was Serenity, the movie continuation of the FOX-network-canceled-but-became-a-huge-DVD-hit TV series, Firefly. If you haven’t given Firefly a real honest shot, you need to. It really is good, even if you don’t like Sci-Fi, although it’s just as easy to see it as a Western. Whatever your perspective, the show is brilliantly written and acted, and should never have been canceled, if the massive DVD and film sales have any say in the matter. Serenity more or less wraps up the outstanding plotlines that developed over Firefly’s abruptly ended single season, but still manages to feel very epic in the process, especially if you’ve seen the series. There’s not much in the way of “reintroduction” of everyone, but it’s enough to get you to understand who everyone is and their outstanding relationships. Still, you’ll get much more out of it having seen Firefly first. I recommend both.

The Incredible Hulk is Marvel Studio’s attempt at redoing the big Green Guy (they’re the film arm of Marvel Comics, creator of Hulk), and after the other recent Hulk film, which was directed by Ang Lee and starred Eric Bana, I had some reservations about this one. You might as well. I have a message for you all: DON’T. This film is LIGHT-YEARS beyond that first one. It stars Ed Norton and Liv Tyler, both of whom deliver great performances. The CGI of the Hulk and Abomination both look great, and their battle really feels visceral and brutal, like the animated character have real weight to them. There’s also plenty of references to the original show from back in the 70s, and lots of sly comic references for fans to spot. The ending appearance by…well, actually, not gonna say it, topped the proverbial cake. This film is good, and if you were a fan of Iron Man, check this one out too…it won’t disappoint.

Finally, I saw the newest M. Night Shyamalan film: The Happening.

It was atrocious. Really really bad. I am seriously warning you all not to waste your money

I could go on and on about how utterly STUPID this film’s plot was, how bad the acting was, and how horrible the direction looked, but I’m not. Because Christopher Orr of The New Republic has already done so. His review explains EXACTLY what is so awful about this film. It does have spoilers, but trust me, you WANT to read this if you’re thinking about seeing this film.

Click here to read it. Please.

Aight guys, that’s all for now. I’ll see you around. Be well, blessed, and watched over. Love ya’ll

Summer Fun, yet again!!

Greetings once again, my semi-loyal readership (all 5 of you!).

Life has been interesting lately. It’s summer, obviously, and that means it’s freaking hot. Like, really freaking hot. I’m talking “wondering-why-my-face-hasn’t-melted-off” hot. I suppose the actual face melting will come during August, since it seems to always be hottest that month.

But summer USED to mean fun times cause there was no school and you had off a few months to have yourself a good time. Well, not so much anymore. Now I’ve gotta work. Side effect of growing up.

Well this summer looks to be very very different. Lots of different plans are coming together to make this one truly enjoyable. Some of them have already begun.

This past Sunday, myself and a gang of my friends hit up Six Flags over Texas. We all decided we want to try and hit as many theme parks in the state of Texas as is humanly possible this summer, and this was the first of what I hope will be many. Despite the stifling heat, my gut-churning fear of roller coasters, and the missing of one of our Alliance (specifically Megan) we had some good times all the same.

I still don’t know HOW they did it, but they talked me into going on the freaking Mr. Freeze. Yeah, that one. The one that is incredibly tall, loops around a bunch, then goes straight up, and then drops you to do the whole thing in reverse. It actually wasn’t terribly bad, mostly because the whole thing is over in less than 20 seconds, and there’s no “slowly ascending a big hill in anticipation, they use magnets to accelerate you to 60 mph in 4 seconds. If ya think about it, the coaster is essentially a giant railgun. Still, yes I did scream in horrified terror the whole ride. I sat out the Titan, the Texas Giant, and the Batman though. Babysteps, people, babysteps.

Going on Sunday and getting there just after it opened meant we had nearly zero wait time for everything. I recommend it.

I’m not sure what’s next on the list of parks. Hurricane Harbor is obviously right next door, and there’s always the little-known but still tons of fun Burger’s Lake. Not to mention the trifecta of Seaworld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and Schlitterbahn down a little further south in San Antonio (or close to it). Astroworld’s in Houston as well. Lots to look forward to.

There’s also the Extralife Nerdtacular next month as well. For those who don’t know what that is yet, last year, Scott Johnson of http://www.myextralife.com hosted a gathering in Utah for any local fans of his comic and podcasts (including Extralife Radio, The Instance, and Infendo Radio), as well as anyone willing to fly out there. Everyone got together, hung out, and watched the premeir of Spider-Man 3. Well, this year he’s doing it again, this time with the premeir of Batman: The Dark Knight. And this year, I’m going to go. I’ve got my ticket for the film already reserved, and am looking forward to meeting Scott, as well as a few of the other peoples I’ve met via his message boards and the World of Warcraft guild. These guys are very interesting people, and I think it will be worth it to meet them in person, not to mention enjoy what is shaping up to be a stellar film.

But I think the one thing I’m looking forward to more than anything this summer is the next musical project I’m going to be a part of. Yes, that’s right. It’s coming to pass. Currently code named “This is Love 2”, the original foursome who brought “This is Love” from the mind of God to your ears is getting together to do it again. But this time, we have some additions to the crew: Holland Butler and Stephanie Hahn will be joining the project. I can’t say much about in what capacity, cause that would spoil the suprise, but I think this one can only get better from the last.

But for that to happen, I am asking for your prayers. Please be praying for us. Be praying for our artistic abilities. For our minds to be open to what God wants to do with this. For us to be able to clear our schedules. For everything. This is Love was one of the coolest experiences of my life, and I desperately want this one to be just as good.

Incidentally, if anyone is wanting a copy of the original, I have acquired a few more from David. Let me know in any of the usual means, I’ll set it aside for you.

I think this is shaping up to be one of the greatest summers I’ve had in a long time. I look forward to sharing it with all of you.

Til later