EDIT TO ADD: wow, this is exciting… i got the layout of the article in my email today… thumbnail below… thus… i’m pleased to announce that the Sept/Oct Issue of HM Magazine will include my DEBUT feature article… (page 42)… isn’t it crazy?…

if i don’t turn out perfect, will you be a friend of mine?
– TFK (“Slow Bleed” from The Art of Breaking)

not that it has anything to do with the entry, but i do like the thought… anyway, i did the reviews and Greg did a spectacular job of posting them lickety split, and even though he took a jab at me being a little tardy, i still thank him for that… it’s a soft deadline anyway… but, we’ll move on… here they are…

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  • Shaun Groves – White Flag
  • Inhabited – The Revolution
  • Michael Olson – Long Arm of Love
  • Jarian – He Changed Me
  • I’m making a mix CD for my father for his upcoming birthday… we’ll see how that works out… he’s a bit bummed about losing his job recently and i hope to have enough music on there to put a smile on his face and remind him that God’s in control… it’s tough, because he’s not too big on contemporary stuff… he’s big on Gaither’s and well… i try not to keep any Gaither’s on hand… regardless, i’ve been driving AudioScrobbler crazy with all my track sampling and such… plus i’m running out of time… and some of these songs… man, it’s tough to listen to them… they’re so touching… (just listened to “Great Are You” and “Calmer of the Storm” by downhere back to back and like woah, those are some powerful words)… anyway… POP QUIZ HOTSHOT: What’s your favorite, “I feel like I can’t make it anymore” song?

    so i’ve been reading a lot lately… in fact, well i stowed them all away because of the humidity, but i’ve recently made it through, Praise Habit, by David Crowder, Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller), Forgiving Solomon Long (Chris Well), The Abolition of Man (CS Lewis), and i just finished up The Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse (Jason Boyett)… next up is, well, i haven’t decided yet… My friends at Relevant Media Group gave me a number of books to consider, and there are a couple of manuscripts sitting around here that i need to attend to… Josh thinks i should read the new and expanded version of Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2, but that’s pretty thick… we’ll see… by the way, i tell you this because, i’m planning on having reviews of all of these and more available in the near future… oooh, i just made another commitment… POP QUIZ HOTSHOT: What are you reading today?…

    on another note, i’m currently on a down cycle of enjoying my job… i go through these every now and again… and i know it’s largely my fault… but i was in a meeting the other day and i totally felt like i was in some sort of therapy session… i mean, i look around the table and realize that i’m surrounded by nervous twitches and ill-adjusted people… and i just don’t like them… as i said, i realize that this is my problem, that i don’t like them, and i need to change my attitude if it’s going to get any better… it’s just that… my gosh… i swear i’ve exhausted all my patience… driving me NUTS…

    anyway, i’m going to head off for now… try to finish up some things and get home for a nice evening with my family… they don’t drive me nuts at least… and if you hadn’t guessed… i want answers to the pop quizzes in the comment sections… this means you too….

    sound off…

    Thousand Foot Krutch – The Art of Breaking
    Listener and EQ – The Ozark Empire
    Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
    Bart Millard – Hymned

    stare down…

    peace… love… bdg…