March 2008


general31 Mar 2008 10:50 pm

Here’s to hoping that your weekend went well… mine wasn’t too bad… little boy got the first trophy of what i’m sure will be a long and storied atheletic career… this one was for participating in the Upward Basketball League… the ceremony was accompanied by puppets and a magissionary… yes… anyway, he’s extremely proud of his trophy, that’s for sure…

a few things before we dig in… first, i was stuck in traffic this morning and i read through Psalm 91… i’d like to dig into it a bit further, but not today… today, i’m just working on digesting the though of “dwelling” in God’s presence…

Next, i joined up with Technorati and unless i misunderstood, i think they’re supposed to make me famous, but it all starts with you adding me to your favorites… i think… also… well… i forget… so let’s just get going…

MARCH MADNESS
to the tune of We’re So Far Away – Mae

The big news of the weekend is that the fields have been narrowed down to just four… Davidson, the last hope for a Cinderella story, put on a spectacular show up until the last 6 seconds of their game against Kansas… which leaves us with a Final Four consisting of all the #1 seeds… this is the first time that the selection committee has gotten all four correct… this will either make it a fantastic final three games or a very uninteresting one if you like underdogs… i’m undecided, but i’m not sure i’ll even be around to watch anyway…

MOVIE TIME (brought to you by Netflix)
to the tune of Teacher’s Pet – Doris Day

two more movies this week… hopefully quickly as my time is short… first up… SPIDERMAN 3… i finally got around to watching this, even though i’ve had it for a while… as expected, the special effects and the fight scenes were spectacular and the storyline was pretty well done as well… i enjoyed seeing the cocky Peter Parker strutting around the streets… very nice touch… the notion of forgiveness was nicely done and relayed to the audience in a powerful and entertaining way… bottom line… i give Spiderman 3 an A

next up, i dig deep into the archives of Netflix (actually, my wife picked it)… and we come up with TEACHER’S PET starring Doris Day and Clark Gable… obviously, this is a romantic comedy, but Gable is a grizzled newspaper man and he stumbles upon a night school class teaching journalism… the story revolves around the romantic attraction between the two of them as well as a discussion about what journalism is and what it should be as well as whether or not it can be taught… it plays out very interestingly and i’m not ashamed to say that i enjoyed it… i’d give it a B+

THE WORLD AROUND ME
to the tune of Work – Jars of Clay

Well, with just under three weeks left, my GMA Week is shaping up to be pretty busy… i’ve booked somewhere between 20 and 26 interviews over the course of 2 days (waiting to hear back on a few, still) and i’ve been staring at the showcase schedules for a while, trying to decide which ones will be the most appealing… one thing’s for sure, Robert Randolph is scheduled to play and i’m going to do anything i can to make sure i don’t miss that one… it’s already what i’m looking forward too most…

Other than that and my day job, i’m working on a number of writing projects including a concert review of the Tobymac, Jeremy Camp, and Matthew West show i went to a couple weeks ago, a few, yes few issues of Left to Write, a number of album reviews, a handful of interviews, and even more… all this and my “o” key is sticking… actually, it’s been working pretty well tonight… maybe i fixed it… anyway… that’s all for now, kiddos… remember to favorite me so i can get really famous or something…

peace… love… bdg…

front page&general&GMA Week&news&pop culture31 Mar 2008 10:48 pm

Here’s to hoping that your weekend went well… mine wasn’t too bad… little boy got the first trophy of what i’m sure will be a long and storied atheletic career… this one was for participating in the Upward Basketball League… the ceremony was accompanied by puppets and a magissionary… yes… anyway, he’s extremely proud of his trophy, that’s for sure…

a few things before we dig in… first, i was stuck in traffic this morning and i read through Psalm 91… i’d like to dig into it a bit further, but not today… today, i’m just working on digesting the though of “dwelling” in God’s presence…

Next, i joined up with Technorati and unless i misunderstood, i think they’re supposed to make me famous, but it all starts with you adding me to your favorites… i think… also… well… i forget… so let’s just get going…

MARCH MADNESS

to the tune of We’re So Far Away – Mae

The big news of the weekend is that the fields have been narrowed down to just four… Davidson, the last hope for a Cinderella story, put on a spectacular show up until the last 6 seconds of their game against Kansas… which leaves us with a Final Four consisting of all the #1 seeds… this is the first time that the selection committee has gotten all four correct… this will either make it a fantastic final three games or a very uninteresting one if you like underdogs… i’m undecided, but i’m not sure i’ll even be around to watch anyway…

MOVIE TIME (brought to you by Netflix)

to the tune of Teacher’s Pet – Doris Day

two more movies this week… hopefully quickly as my time is short… first up… SPIDERMAN 3… i finally got around to watching this, even though i’ve had it for a while… as expected, the special effects and the fight scenes were spectacular and the storyline was pretty well done as well… i enjoyed seeing the cocky Peter Parker strutting around the streets… very nice touch… the notion of forgiveness was nicely done and relayed to the audience in a powerful and entertaining way… bottom line… i give Spiderman 3 an A

next up, i dig deep into the archives of Netflix (actually, my wife picked it)… and we come up with TEACHER’S PET starring Doris Day and Clark Gable… obviously, this is a romantic comedy, but Gable is a grizzled newspaper man and he stumbles upon a night school class teaching journalism… the story revolves around the romantic attraction between the two of them as well as a discussion about what journalism is and what it should be as well as whether or not it can be taught… it plays out very interestingly and i’m not ashamed to say that i enjoyed it… i’d give it a B+

THE WORLD AROUND ME

to the tune of Work – Jars of Clay

Well, with just under three weeks left, my GMA Week is shaping up to be pretty busy… i’ve booked somewhere between 20 and 26 interviews over the course of 2 days (waiting to hear back on a few, still) and i’ve been staring at the showcase schedules for a while, trying to decide which ones will be the most appealing… one thing’s for sure, Robert Randolph is scheduled to play and i’m going to do anything i can to make sure i don’t miss that one… it’s already what i’m looking forward too most…

Other than that and my day job, i’m working on a number of writing projects including a concert review of the Tobymac, Jeremy Camp, and Matthew West show i went to a couple weeks ago, a few, yes few issues of Left to Write, a number of album reviews, a handful of interviews, and even more… all this and my “o” key is sticking… actually, it’s been working pretty well tonight… maybe i fixed it… anyway… that’s all for now, kiddos… remember to favorite me so i can get really famous or something…

peace… love… bdg…

general28 Mar 2008 06:09 pm

well, it’s Friday and you may be thinking that, hey, i guess the new schedule means that he blows off Wednesday and Thursday… well… you’d be wrong… sure, i did blow off the last two days kind of, but it wasn’t entirely intentional, it was just life… Wednesday i was in a fog most of the day and yesterday, among other things, i had to do an interview that i had pretty much forgotten about… and then amidst all the preparations for GMA Week which is now officially less than a month away… it’s just been pretty crazy around here… so i’ll try to make up for it with a fantastic post today, but be forewarned… i’m listening to talk radio and it’s kind of difficult to write while doing that… but let’s give it a go…

ONE. DOVE-ING IT
to the tune of We Won’t Be Quiet – David Crowder Band

So, they’ve announced the first batch of performers for this year’s Dove Awards and we care because i’ll be there and i’ll have to watch them… Anyway, it looks like an alright mix… we’ve got Casting Crowns, The Clark Sisters, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, Marvin Sapp, Switchfoot, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, David Crowder*Band, Israel Houghton and Charlie Daniels with Mac Powell… i’ve bolded the ones i’m particularly interested in seeing… but, i think it’s a pretty nice variety so that most people will enjoy at least, i don’t know, maybe 5 minutes of the telecast…

oh, yeah, they’re going to be telecasting the Dove Awards live on Gospel Music Channel

TWO. BUSSED-ED
to the tune of Gypsy Flat Road – Sandra McCracken

So i kind of laughed out loud when i read this story about flattened bus tires… not because i think it’s a good idea, but because i clearly remember a time when some guys i knew did something similar during my high school days… i don’t think they were successful, and they certainly didn’t keep a secret well, because everyone knew about it by the day’s end… this case, however included other vandalism to the busses including graffiti… i’ve also, in looking for a better article about this, learned that this has become quite an epidemic across the country, with recent occurrences in Boston, Chicago, Colorado, New Jersey and probably a lot more… that’s the power of the internet, kids…

one side note… i remember when graffiti was about giving a voice to the voiceless… now it’s just about degredation of society and it really irritates me…

THREE. NEW DAY???
to the tune of Come Together – Third Day

Third Day is planning a new album and by golly it actually sounds pretty exciting… given that i haven’t heard a note of it, i’m basing this solely on the press release that i received not too long ago… here’s the gist… they’re bringing in Howard Benson (Daughtry, POD, Flyleaf) for production and they guest list includes Chris Daughtry, Lacey Mosely (Flyleaf) and Robert Randolph…

I’m not saying this is going to be the best rock album of the year, but REVELATION may just be the best Third Day album in many, many years…

FOUR. Syncast
to the tune of The IV – Braille

consider me a somewhat late whistle-blower, but if you dig hip hop and you do the whole podcast thing, you’ve got to check out The Syncast… i guess it’s once a month, but it’s generally packed with good tunes a brief interview or other feature and it really rolls along well… They’re on #37 and i’ve listened to the last three (they’re about a half hour each) and i’m definitely recommending it right now…

Check it out in iTunes now or figure out how to subscribe other ways at TheSyncast.com

FIVE. BIG BEN
to the tune of Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood

So Ben Stein has gotten behind and in front, center stage of a documentary about evolution, creationism and the suppression of free thought in the scientific world… the trailer, despite the loud, blaring music and the silly outfit, makes the movie look pretty interesting… i got a leaders packet a couple weeks ago about it, but unfortunately not a screener, so i can’t tell you if it actually is as good as it looks or if it’s just the magic of creating a captivating 3 minute trailer… either way, it’s an interesting concept and maybe, just maybe, it will get some people realizing that everyone who believes in the Creation isn’t a complete imbecile…

HAPPY WEEKEND

and that’s that… i’ve got a new Walk TRu posted for those that are interested… Ampersand EP by Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken… hopefully i’ll have some more for you soon… ’til then…

peace… love… bdg…

Dove Awards&Free Music&front page&GMA Week&news&pop culture&walkTRu&web28 Mar 2008 10:42 am

well, it’s Friday and you may be thinking that, hey, i guess the new schedule means that he blows off Wednesday and Thursday… well… you’d be wrong… sure, i did blow off the last two days kind of, but it wasn’t entirely intentional, it was just life… Wednesday i was in a fog most of the day and yesterday, among other things, i had to do an interview that i had pretty much forgotten about… and then amidst all the preparations for GMA Week which is now officially less than a month away… it’s just been pretty crazy around here… so i’ll try to make up for it with a fantastic post today, but be forewarned… i’m listening to talk radio and it’s kind of difficult to write while doing that… but let’s give it a go…

ONE. DOVE-ING IT

to the tune of We Won’t Be Quiet – David Crowder Band

So, they’ve announced the first batch of performers for this year’s Dove Awards and we care because i’ll be there and i’ll have to watch them… Anyway, it looks like an alright mix… we’ve got Casting Crowns, The Clark Sisters, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, Marvin Sapp, Switchfoot, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, David Crowder*Band, Israel Houghton and Charlie Daniels with Mac Powell… i’ve bolded the ones i’m particularly interested in seeing… but, i think it’s a pretty nice variety so that most people will enjoy at least, i don’t know, maybe 5 minutes of the telecast…

oh, yeah, they’re going to be telecasting the Dove Awards live on Gospel Music Channel

TWO. BUSSED-ED

to the tune of Gypsy Flat Road – Sandra McCracken

So i kind of laughed out loud when i read this story about flattened bus tires… not because i think it’s a good idea, but because i clearly remember a time when some guys i knew did something similar during my high school days… i don’t think they were successful, and they certainly didn’t keep a secret well, because everyone knew about it by the day’s end… this case, however included other vandalism to the busses including graffiti… i’ve also, in looking for a better article about this, learned that this has become quite an epidemic across the country, with recent occurrences in Boston, Chicago, Colorado, New Jersey and probably a lot more… that’s the power of the internet, kids…

one side note… i remember when graffiti was about giving a voice to the voiceless… now it’s just about degredation of society and it really irritates me…

THREE. NEW DAY???

to the tune of Come Together – Third Day

Third Day is planning a new album and by golly it actually sounds pretty exciting… given that i haven’t heard a note of it, i’m basing this solely on the press release that i received not too long ago… here’s the gist… they’re bringing in Howard Benson (Daughtry, POOD, Flyleaf) for production and they guest list includes Chris Daughtry, Lacey Mosely (Flyleaf) and Robert Randolph…

I’m not saying this is going to be the best rock album of the year, but REVELATION may just be the best Third Day album in many, many years…

FOUR. Syncast

to the tune of The IV – Braille

consider me a somewhat late whistle-blower, but if you dig hip hop and you do the whole podcast thing, you’ve got to check out The Syncast… i guess it’s once a month, but it’s generally packed with good tunes a brief interview or other feature and it really rolls along well… They’re on #37 and i’ve listened to the last three (they’re about a half hour each) and i’m definitely recommending it right now…

Check it out in iTunes now or figure out how to subscribe other ways at TheSyncast.com

FIVE. BIG BEN

to the tune of Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood

So Ben Stein has gotten behind and in front, center stage of a documentary about evolution, creationism and the suppression of free thought in the scientific world… the trailer, despite the loud, blaring music and the silly outfit, makes the movie look pretty interesting… i got a leaders packet a couple weeks ago about it, but unfortunately not a screener, so i can’t tell you if it actually is as good as it looks or if it’s just the magic of creating a captivating 3 minute trailer… either way, it’s an interesting concept and maybe, just maybe, it will get some people realizing that everyone who believes in the Creation isn’t a complete imbecile…

HAPPY WEEKEND

and that’s that… i’ve got a new Walk TRu posted for those that are interested… Ampersand EP by Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken… hopefully i’ll have some more for you soon… ’til then…

peace… love… bdg…

general25 Mar 2008 11:27 pm

i’m back and i’m without bandaid today, which will hopefully allow me to keep up with the live blogging of tonight’s top ten performances of American Idol… i’m running behind now and they’re already introducing Remy, so off we go…

AND THEN THERE WERE TEN
to the tune of Alone – Heart

Ramiele (ratatouille): you’re darn right you’re lucky to have made it this far… singing Alone by Heart… i think someone sings this every year… Carrie did it, right?… well, she’s starting off pretty well, but it’s a safe beginning… here comes the tough part… and… oh… she’s flat… and she’s not as good as her background singers… and she’s not moving at all… why would you just stand there… oh well… Randy says that it was too big for her… Paula says that she’s brave for singing sick… Paula sounds sick actually…. Simon says it wasn’t so bad…

Jason (Castor Oil) Castro: oh, it’s songs from the year of their birth… and slow jason talks about how cute his eyes have always been… he’s singing Fragile by Sting and playing guitar… i guess that means he won’t be slithering across the stage during the song… i bet he makes eyes at everyone again though… go Jason, it’s your birthday… whatever… he’s not terrible… his vocal is actually pretty good, not spectacular, but pretty decent… solid performance i’d say… extremely safe, but solid… and Randy says it was alright… Paula says he’s true to himself and he played it safe… Simon says he needs to take this competition seriously and stop trying to get free subway fare… the ladies shriek…

Sayesha (a.k.a. Cry-esha): she did the baby cry again… she seems like a fun person… these intros seem like a waste of time… she’s singing If I Was Your Woman by… Gladys Knight? she can’t be that old, can she?… someone must’ve covered it… anyway… she’s belting out some nice notes here and her presence on stace, though not captivating is alright, because her voice keeps her there… solid, solid chorus there… i actually have to say that i loved it… Randy says she’s a new competitor… Paula, after the echo, says that it was fantastic… and Simon says welp, it was the best so far, but what of it… he thinks that she stretched her limits vocally…

Chikezie (like Sunday morning): talking about song selection… how fun… okay, he’s singing a ballad despite warnings against it… did they say love monkey?… If Only for One Night by Luther Vandross… certainly no surprise that he went for a Luther song… and he’s doing his best to sound exactly like Luther and he’s doing alright with it… this song reminds me of Hello, by Lionel Richie… i guess it’s alright, but it feels kind of sleepy and too much like the original… he’s much better with the upbeat, creative songs… Randy says it was old fashioned… Paula says it was fabulous or something to that effect… Simon says that it was sung well, but it was cheesy… Chickezie argues and that’s never good… Simon continues to say that it wasn’t original and you shouldn’t just be copying the original…

Brooke White (The Piano Whisperer): okay so at least the intro gave me a nickname for her… i hope that she’s not high tonight like last week… she’s back behind the piano to avoid the painfully awkward exposure of the stage, singing Every Breathe You Take by The Police and she’s off to a rough start, but after the fault, she’s out of the gates nicely… she’s taken some liberties with the arrangement and i’m not sure it’s really working… it’s kind of interesting and she’s done alright with it, but i’m really starting to lose my confidence in her… she was so good before… and now she’s just alright… Randy says it was just alright and the arrangement was a little odd… Paula says it was much better than last week, which doesn’t say much at all… i think Paula has a cage fight scheduled following the show… Simon says that it was fantastic, but fell apart and even still, better than last week…

And we’re back with another shameless plug for coca-cola… starting off with two of the contestants that initially looked like the best bets, but haven’t completely panned out that way…
to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Michael Johns (JacobsJingle…): singing Queen again… he did a great job with Bohemian Rhapsody in the early rounds, but this time he’s doing, what? a medley… oh… i see… interesting… i didn’t realize that was on the table… i guess they might have released this as a song… well, i’m going to say it again… Michael can’t sing upbeat songs all that well… he’s done alright, but mostly on the We Are the Champions section… the We Will Rock You portion of the song was pretty rough… Randy says it was his best yet… Paula says it was his shining moment… and Simion says that he’s finally seen star potential…

Carly (Harley) Smithson: always knew she was going to be an entertainer, eh?… okay… Singing Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler… this is a pretty cool song, but i’m not sure it will translate well in a shorter format… the big strength of the song is that it builds up to a climax… without enough time to grow, it might not work… she’s pretty solid vocally and i like the arrangement overall… terrible ending though… what the heck was that… Randy says it was the wrong song choice and the last note was bad… Paula says that she would buy it and that she could do no wrong… Simon says it didn’t quite work and he didn’t enjoy it as much as he thought he would…

{Little) David Archuleta: he almost looks like he can pick a song from last year… oh, the truth comes out… his parents have been pushing him into this career for his whole life… he’s missing prom so that he can sing You’re the Voice by Johnny Farnham… another kind of activist song from him and he’s really singing it alright… he’s a bit quiet, and i don’t really enjoy this song… i rememberthis song vaguely and i remember not really liking it too much… he’s simply just doing fine… i’m not too impressed and i think that it’s a forgettable enough performance… Randy says it was an odd song choice, but he can sing anything… Paula says he can sing the phonebook… and Simon breaks the lovefest with a dose of reality, calling it a theme park performance…

Kristy (Leave) Cook: she may not annoy her family, but now she annoys millions of viewers each week… oh dear… Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA… at least it’s a country song which is within her grasp, but ugh… it’s just been covered to death… i remember when it came out and it was quite a powerful tune… Oh, that run was terrible and the key change left her in the dust… the pitch is all over the place… and i don’t think it’s going to go well for her… she may finally be done here… Randy says it was pitchy in spots, but it was good… Paula says it wasn’t the best performance, but her voice is stronger… Simon says it was her best performance by a mile… i guess they love some Kristy Lee, eh?

David (Daughtry the 2nd) Cook: oh how fun… he did not look like a very pleasant baby… David is singing Chris Cornell’s version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean… Chris Cornell’s version because he can’t sing anything out of that style… he’s got no soul, he’s got no rhythm, but daaaaaaang… he knocked that mark through the roof… i liked that performance… even though i’m still not sold on him as a whole… he’s winning me over… Randy says he’s the most original contestant EVAR!!!! LIKE 4 SURE or something… Paula says he’s very smart… Simon says it was amazing…

so this is a tough week to pick i think… hmm… i think the bottom three will consist of Remielle, Brooke and Jason with Jason going home… i wouldn’t be surprised to see Chickezie in the bottom three either though, but he should be safe…

MOTHER
to the tune of If I Was Your Mother – Bon Jovi

How I Met Your Mother was fantastic this week… hilarious… key moment… “Ted: You sabotaged my second to last chance with this woman for ten bucks? Barney: Yes! I totally would’ve done it for free!… You owe me ten bucks by the way.”

i also like how this comedy has become somewhat of a mystery as we try to figure out who the actual mother is… the writers have certainly restored the show back to its first season hilarity and added the intrigue of knowing? that we’re close to discovering the real identity of the mother… one interesting thought i had the other week was that Ted might actually be “Uncle Ted” or something like that and we may not be looking for someone that he’s romantically involved with… that would be a neat little twist, but i’m not sure if they’ve already said that he’s their dad… i don’t always pay the closest attention to the introductions when they’re on the couch…

Anyway, ’twas a good show this week and last… and, despite the red flags waving with the desperate guest appearance of Britney Spears, i think they’ve righted the ship…

JERI…. OHHHHHHH…. NOOOOOOOO!
to the tune of End of the World – Blake Lewis

so, this week, we learned that CBS cancelled Jericho again and that this time they mean it… apparently the ratings just weren’t strong enough to keep it going any longer… i’m not sure that nuts will save the show this time, but it really should serve as a notice to the television industry that times have indeed changed… they need to adjust their expectations, revise their business models and move on…

As for the show, it took me a while to get into it last season, but when i did, i thought it really picked up and was one of the better shows on… not exactly an upbeat show as it takes place in the wake of nuclear destruction, but it’s very compelling and i enjoyed it each week… i was glad to see it revived and i’ll be sad to see it disappear this week… i’m watching the finale right now actually and i don’t see how they’re tie this all up effectively in the next few minutes… oh well… it was a good run…

TELEVISION TUESDAY
to the tune of Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

in case you missed it, as per my new schedule, i talk about TV on Tuesdays… no time or much else for now… so i must get this all posted and hope for a more productive tomorrow… good night and good luck…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&general&pop culture25 Mar 2008 11:23 pm

i’m back and i’m without bandaid today, which will hopefully allow me to keep up with the live blogging of tonight’s top ten performances of American Idol… i’m running behind now and they’re already introducing Remy, so off we go…

AND THEN THERE WERE TEN

to the tune of Alone – Heart

Ramiele (ratatouille): you’re darn right you’re lucky to have made it this far… singing Alone by Heart… i think someone sings this every year… Carrie did it, right?… well, she’s starting off pretty well, but it’s a safe beginning… here comes the tough part… and… oh… she’s flat… and she’s not as good as her background singers… and she’s not moving at all… why would you just stand there… oh well… Randy says that it was too big for her… Paula says that she’s brave for singing sick… Paula sounds sick actually…. Simon says it wasn’t so bad…

Jason (Castor Oil) Castro: oh, it’s songs from the year of their birth… and slow jason talks about how cute his eyes have always been… he’s singing Fragile by Sting and playing guitar… i guess that means he won’t be slithering across the stage during the song… i bet he makes eyes at everyone again though… go Jason, it’s your birthday… whatever… he’s not terrible… his vocal is actually pretty good, not spectacular, but pretty decent… solid performance i’d say… extremely safe, but solid… and Randy says it was alright… Paula says he’s true to himself and he played it safe… Simon says he needs to take this competition seriously and stop trying to get free subway fare… the ladies shriek…

Sayesha (a.k.a. Cry-esha): she did the baby cry again… she seems like a fun person… these intros seem like a waste of time… she’s singing If I Was Your Woman by… Gladys Knight? she can’t be that old, can she?… someone must’ve covered it… anyway… she’s belting out some nice notes here and her presence on stace, though not captivating is alright, because her voice keeps her there… solid, solid chorus there… i actually have to say that i loved it… Randy says she’s a new competitor… Paula, after the echo, says that it was fantastic… and Simon says welp, it was the best so far, but what of it… he thinks that she stretched her limits vocally…

Chikezie (like Sunday morning): talking about song selection… how fun… okay, he’s singing a ballad despite warnings against it… did they say love monkey?… If Only for One Night by Luther Vandross… certainly no surprise that he went for a Luther song… and he’s doing his best to sound exactly like Luther and he’s doing alright with it… this song reminds me of Hello, by Lionel Richie… i guess it’s alright, but it feels kind of sleepy and too much like the original… he’s much better with the upbeat, creative songs… Randy says it was old fashioned… Paula says it was fabulous or something to that effect… Simon says that it was sung well, but it was cheesy… Chickezie argues and that’s never good… Simon continues to say that it wasn’t original and you shouldn’t just be copying the original…

Brooke White (The Piano Whisperer): okay so at least the intro gave me a nickname for her… i hope that she’s not high tonight like last week… she’s back behind the piano to avoid the painfully awkward exposure of the stage, singing Every Breathe You Take by The Police and she’s off to a rough start, but after the fault, she’s out of the gates nicely… she’s taken some liberties with the arrangement and i’m not sure it’s really working… it’s kind of interesting and she’s done alright with it, but i’m really starting to lose my confidence in her… she was so good before… and now she’s just alright… Randy says it was just alright and the arrangement was a little odd… Paula says it was much better than last week, which doesn’t say much at all… i think Paula has a cage fight scheduled following the show… Simon says that it was fantastic, but fell apart and even still, better than last week…

And we’re back with another shameless plug for coca-cola… starting off with two of the contestants that initially looked like the best bets, but haven’t completely panned out that way…

to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Michael Johns (JacobsJingle…): singing Queen again… he did a great job with Bohemian Rhapsody in the early rounds, but this time he’s doing, what? a medley… oh… i see… interesting… i didn’t realize that was on the table… i guess they might have released this as a song… well, i’m going to say it again… Michael can’t sing upbeat songs all that well… he’s done alright, but mostly on the We Are the Champions section… the We Will Rock You portion of the song was pretty rough… Randy says it was his best yet… Paula says it was his shining moment… and Simion says that he’s finally seen star potential…

Carly (Harley) Smithson: always knew she was going to be an entertainer, eh?… okay… Singing Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler… this is a pretty cool song, but i’m not sure it will translate well in a shorter format… the big strength of the song is that it builds up to a climax… without enough time to grow, it might not work… she’s pretty solid vocally and i like the arrangement overall… terrible ending though… what the heck was that… Randy says it was the wrong song choice and the last note was bad… Paula says that she would buy it and that she could do no wrong… Simon says it didn’t quite work and he didn’t enjoy it as much as he thought he would…

{Little) David Archuleta: he almost looks like he can pick a song from last year… oh, the truth comes out… his parents have been pushing him into this career for his whole life… he’s missing prom so that he can sing You’re the Voice by Johnny Farnham… another kind of activist song from him and he’s really singing it alright… he’s a bit quiet, and i don’t really enjoy this song… i rememberthis song vaguely and i remember not really liking it too much… he’s simply just doing fine… i’m not too impressed and i think that it’s a forgettable enough performance… Randy says it was an odd song choice, but he can sing anything… Paula says he can sing the phonebook… and Simon breaks the lovefest with a dose of reality, calling it a theme park performance…

Kristy (Leave) Cook: she may not annoy her family, but now she annoys millions of viewers each week… oh dear… Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA… at least it’s a country song which is within her grasp, but ugh… it’s just been covered to death… i remember when it came out and it was quite a powerful tune… Oh, that run was terrible and the key change left her in the dust… the pitch is all over the place… and i don’t think it’s going to go well for her… she may finally be done here… Randy says it was pitchy in spots, but it was good… Paula says it wasn’t the best performance, but her voice is stronger… Simon says it was her best performance by a mile… i guess they love some Kristy Lee, eh?

David (Daughtry the 2nd) Cook: oh how fun… he did not look like a very pleasant baby… David is singing Chris Cornell’s version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean… Chris Cornell’s version because he can’t sing anything out of that style… he’s got no soul, he’s got no rhythm, but daaaaaaang… he knocked that mark through the roof… i liked that performance… even though i’m still not sold on him as a whole… he’s winning me over… Randy says he’s the most original contestant EVAR!!!! LIKE 4 SURE or something… Paula says he’s very smart… Simon says it was amazing…

so this is a tough week to pick i think… hmm… i think the bottom three will consist of Remielle, Brooke and Jason with Jason going home… i wouldn’t be surprised to see Chickezie in the bottom three either though, but he should be safe…

MOTHER

to the tune of If I Was Your Mother – Bon Jovi

How I Met Your Mother was fantastic this week… hilarious… key moment… “Ted: You sabotaged my second to last chance with this woman for ten bucks? Barney: Yes! I totally would’ve done it for free!… You owe me ten bucks by the way.”

i also like how this comedy has become somewhat of a mystery as we try to figure out who the actual mother is… the writers have certainly restored the show back to its first season hilarity and added the intrigue of knowing? that we’re close to discovering the real identity of the mother… one interesting thought i had the other week was that Ted might actually be “Uncle Ted” or something like that and we may not be looking for someone that he’s romantically involved with… that would be a neat little twist, but i’m not sure if they’ve already said that he’s their dad… i don’t always pay the closest attention to the introductions when they’re on the couch…

Anyway, ’twas a good show this week and last… and, despite the red flags waving with the desperate guest appearance of Britney Spears, i think they’ve righted the ship…

JERI…. OHHHHHHH…. NOOOOOOOO!

to the tune of End of the World – Blake Lewis

so, this week, we learned that CBS cancelled Jericho again and that this time they mean it… apparently the ratings just weren’t strong enough to keep it going any longer… i’m not sure that nuts will save the show this time, but it really should serve as a notice to the television industry that times have indeed changed… they need to adjust their expectations, revise their business models and move on…

As for the show, it took me a while to get into it last season, but when i did, i thought it really picked up and was one of the better shows on… not exactly an upbeat show as it takes place in the wake of nuclear destruction, but it’s very compelling and i enjoyed it each week… i was glad to see it revived and i’ll be sad to see it disappear this week… i’m watching the finale right now actually and i don’t see how they’re tie this all up effectively in the next few minutes… oh well… it was a good run…

TELEVISION TUESDAY

to the tune of Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

in case you missed it, as per my new schedule, i talk about TV on Tuesdays… no time or much else for now… so i must get this all posted and hope for a more productive tomorrow… good night and good luck…

peace… love… bdg…

general24 Mar 2008 04:09 pm

I’m a finger down… playing hurt… fighting through it… yeah… here’s the deal… i was rationing off a chocolate bunny on Saturday… by the way, i didn’t get a chocolate bunny this year – very disappointing – i’m going to have to raid the clearance aisle or something… anyway, i’m rationing off this bunny, which is a nicer way of saying that i’m lopping off the ears to help manage the resultant sugar high… and i also managed to lop off a chunk of my left index finger… since then, i’ve been bandaged and i feel rather gimpy… you wouldn’t think that the left index finger is all that important to a right-hander, but yeah… you do notice…

Anyway… i’m trying some new things starting today… we’ll see how they work… let me know what you think…

EASTER
to the tune of Mighty to Save – Hillsong

So our Easter went pretty well… i mentioned earlier that we went over the Easter story a few times with the littles and they seemed pretty taken by it… so that went well and we did the church thing… the littles and i all wore full-out suits and they totally showed me up as they were supremely handsome… Before church, though we did a treasure hunt which involved eight treasure maps that led one to another until the big payoffs which were the Easter baskets… they LOVED it, but apparently, i could’ve drawn the maps a little better… shows what happens when you scrawl things out at 1 in the morning…

We had hoped to bring our neighbors to church as well, but that didn’t work out for a variety of reasons that i’m not completely aware of and some that i am… so, after church, we had a laid-back lunch, sent the littles to their rooms for some down time and i watched a movie which i’ll talk about later… and then, when they came back down, we did the egg hunt thing and shared a splendid lamb dinner… all in all, a very nice Easter Sunday and i think we covered all the traditional bases…

THE OTHER MARCH MADNESS
to the tune of CrushCrushCrush – Paramore

So there’s also this little business of the NCAA Tournament going on in the background… and i performed my duties as a guy and filled out a bracket and joined a challenge group… and on Thursday, i watched a couple games via the online video players… and caught some games on Friday and Saturday as well… and it didn’t take too long into the process to remember why i never put money on these things… outside of the NFL, i’m so disconnected from the sports world these days… i enjoy occassional games from pretty much every sport, but i don’t follow it nearly like i used to… so, despite a strong early showing on Thursday, my picks all died away rather quickly and i’ll be lucky to finish in the top 7 of the 7-person pick ’em group i joined…

It is sad for me to see Georgetown, UCONN, Duke and George Mason get booted so early, despite my bracket, but that’s life… from what i’ve seen of the tourney so far, it seems to me that UNC is going to run over everyone the rest of the way through and probably win in the championship game by 15 or 20 points… then again, what do i know…

MOVIE MONDAY
to the tune of Ratatouille (score) – Michael Giacchino

So one of the first things i want to do to change things up is to get on a better schedule… so, depending on the day of the week, there will be some regular “features” to look forward to… the first that i’m unveiling is Movie Monday… since i happily subscribe to Netflix, it seems that i always have a movie to talk about, and this week, i’ll talk about two…

first up is Horton Hears a Who, which we took the littles to see on Friday… yes, it’s in theaters and no, it’s probably not worth seeing before it’s available on DVD through, say, Netflix, perhaps?… anyway… most everyone is familiar with the gist of this story, an elephant discovers a speck of dust that contains an entire civilization and he vows to keep it safe… Horton faces a number of challenges, in this case Carol Burnett’s mean-spirited kangaroo… on the flipside, the mayor of Whoville has to convince a world of people that are so caught up in their own comforts that they need to take action or see their world destroyed…

There’s a number of themes that can take you in a myriad of directions… on Horton’s side you see the importance of imagination, loyalty, and faith as well as facing persecution and defeating “the man”… and in Whoville, you see the question of God’s existence as well as the intentional disregard of the world around you… common themes betweeen the two worlds seem to be faith, character, ridicule, and being brave…

And all these themes can relate to something in everyone’s life, however, the movie doesn’t completely develop any of them which is somewhat annoying, though the humor and entertainment level for children is pretty great… my main problem with the movie is the name-calling… there’s lot’s of “idiots,” “morons,” and “boobs” thrown around – in fact, i think they said “boob” about 10 times in a minute… and it’s not that these are terrible words, but i really don’t want the littles running around calling people boobs and idiots because they heard it in a movie and don’t understand that it’s not nice or appropriate… Overall, i give Horton a B/B-

The second movie, i want to talk about is called The Final Inquiry which was apparently first released in Spain, but tells of a Roman soldier commissined to investigate the rumors of about the resurrection of a man named Jesus… there’s mystery, intrigue, some fight scenes, romance, Dolph Lundgren, cover-ups and a lot to like about the film…

It’s actually a pretty compelling movie – even with Dolph – and it’s an interesting perspective as you see the current Caesar conducting a secret investigation and you get to follow all the evidence as it comes to light… There are some conflicts of timing and such, but nothing terribly distracting from the main thrust of the film and certainly not fom the conclusion… it was particularly interesting to watch around Easter time and i enjoyed it in lieu of reading The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur which i appear to have misplaced… Bottom line, i give The Final Inquiry a solid B+

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 6: 22-27

Promises Fulfilled and then…

God fulfilled His promise and delivered Jericho to the Israelites in an odd fashioin so Joshua, in turn fulfills some of his promises… He spares Rahab and her family and allows them to live with them as a reward for her faithfulness… and then they burned the entire city to the ground, keepinng all the silver, gold, bronze and iron into the treasury of The LORD – which i think, constitutes one of the earliest “Building Funds” in church history…

And then there’s a curse… Joshua pronounces a curse on anyone who tries to rebuild the city of Jericho… he says that whoever does so will lose his firstborn son and his youngest son… they destory the place and hope to wipe it off of the face of the earth forever… now, i think this will lead to some interesting things… in fact, someone named Heil DID rebuild Jericho, during the reign of King Ahab and guess what? his first born son died as did his youngest son… should’ve seen that coming… i’m going to rethink signing that petitiion to save Jericho (the TV show)…

IN OTHER WORDS
to the tune of The Motions – Matthew West

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg… Prevent Regret… This is a chapter that closes out the “Setup” section of the book… it deals with the general notion that if you don’t figure out what’s important in life and act on it, then you’re going to experience a lot of regret… the opening story is touching and sad and reminds us that relationships have a lot to do with our priorities… the chapter talks about four common regrets that people face at the end of life and reminds us that life doesn’t slow down until it stops and then it’s too late to change anything… we have this point in time right now to make the most of and that’s it… Next section: HOW TO PLAY…

MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE -dAT CAVE
to the tune of The Batman Theme – Danny Elfman

a few nice pieces up at theTRu… posted my 2oo7 Year in Re:TRu piece last week as well as a long, lost interview with Shawn McDonald… plenty more to come your way… as long as i can stay awake…

MOVING ON

hope you enjoyed this slightly new format and will check back to see the rest of the new “schedule”…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&features&front page&general&inTRuviews&reviews24 Mar 2008 04:08 pm

I’m a finger down… playing hurt… fighting through it… yeah… here’s the deal… i was rationing off a chocolate bunny on Saturday… by the way, i didn’t get a chocolate bunny this year – very disappointing – i’m going to have to raid the clearance aisle or something… anyway, i’m rationing off this bunny, which is a nicer way of saying that i’m lopping off the ears to help manage the resultant sugar high… and i also managed to lop off a chunk of my left index finger… since then, i’ve been bandaged and i feel rather gimpy… you wouldn’t think that the left index finger is all that important to a right-hander, but yeah… you do notice…

Anyway… i’m trying some new things starting today… we’ll see how they work… let me know what you think…

EASTER

to the tune of Mighty to Save – Hillsong

So our Easter went pretty well… i mentioned earlier that we went over the Easter story a few times with the littles and they seemed pretty taken by it… so that went well and we did the church thing… the littles and i all wore full-out suits and they totally showed me up as they were supremely handsome… Before church, though we did a treasure hunt which involved eight treasure maps that led one to another until the big payoffs which were the Easter baskets… they LOVED it, but apparently, i could’ve drawn the maps a little better… shows what happens when you scrawl things out at 1 in the morning…

We had hoped to bring our neighbors to church as well, but that didn’t work out for a variety of reasons that i’m not completely aware of and some that i am… so, after church, we had a laid-back lunch, sent the littles to their rooms for some down time and i watched a movie which i’ll talk about later… and then, when they came back down, we did the egg hunt thing and shared a splendid lamb dinner… all in all, a very nice Easter Sunday and i think we covered all the traditional bases…

THE OTHER MARCH MADNESS

to the tune of CrushCrushCrush – Paramore

So there’s also this little business of the NCAA Tournament going on in the background… and i performed my duties as a guy and filled out a bracket and joined a challenge group… and on Thursday, i watched a couple games via the online video players… and caught some games on Friday and Saturday as well… and it didn’t take too long into the process to remember why i never put money on these things… outside of the NFL, i’m so disconnected from the sports world these days… i enjoy occassional games from pretty much every sport, but i don’t follow it nearly like i used to… so, despite a strong early showing on Thursday, my picks all died away rather quickly and i’ll be lucky to finish in the top 7 of the 7-person pick ’em group i joined…

It is sad for me to see Georgetown, UCONN, Duke and George Mason get booted so early, despite my bracket, but that’s life… from what i’ve seen of the tourney so far, it seems to me that UNC is going to run over everyone the rest of the way through and probably win in the championship game by 15 or 20 points… then again, what do i know…

MOVIE MONDAY

to the tune of Ratatouille (score) – Michael Giacchino

So one of the first things i want to do to change things up is to get on a better schedule… so, depending on the day of the week, there will be some regular “features” to look forward to… the first that i’m unveiling is Movie Monday… since i happily subscribe to Netflix, it seems that i always have a movie to talk about, and this week, i’ll talk about two…

first up is Horton Hears a Who, which we took the littles to see on Friday… yes, it’s in theaters and no, it’s probably not worth seeing before it’s available on DVD through, say, Netflix, perhaps?… anyway… most everyone is familiar with the gist of this story, an elephant discovers a speck of dust that contains an entire civilization and he vows to keep it safe… Horton faces a number of challenges, in this case Carol Burnett’s mean-spirited kangaroo… on the flipside, the mayor of Whoville has to convince a world of people that are so caught up in their own comforts that they need to take action or see their world destroyed…

There’s a number of themes that can take you in a myriad of directions… on Horton’s side you see the importance of imagination, loyalty, and faith as well as facing persecution and defeating “the man”… and in Whoville, you see the question of God’s existence as well as the intentional disregard of the world around you… common themes betweeen the two worlds seem to be faith, character, ridicule, and being brave…

And all these themes can relate to something in everyone’s life, however, the movie doesn’t completely develop any of them which is somewhat annoying, though the humor and entertainment level for children is pretty great… my main problem with the movie is the name-calling… there’s lot’s of “idiots,” “morons,” and “boobs” thrown around – in fact, i think they said “boob” about 10 times in a minute… and it’s not that these are terrible words, but i really don’t want the littles running around calling people boobs and idiots because they heard it in a movie and don’t understand that it’s not nice or appropriate… Overall, i give Horton a B/B-

The second movie, i want to talk about is called The Final Inquiry which was apparently first released in Spain, but tells of a Roman soldier commissined to investigate the rumors of about the resurrection of a man named Jesus… there’s mystery, intrigue, some fight scenes, romance, Dolph Lundgren, cover-ups and a lot to like about the film…

It’s actually a pretty compelling movie – even with Dolph – and it’s an interesting perspective as you see the current Caesar conducting a secret investigation and you get to follow all the evidence as it comes to light… There are some conflicts of timing and such, but nothing terribly distracting from the main thrust of the film and certainly not fom the conclusion… it was particularly interesting to watch around Easter time and i enjoyed it in lieu of reading The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur which i appear to have misplaced… Bottom line, i give The Final Inquiry a solid B+

WORD OF THE DAY

Joshua 6: 22-27

Promises Fulfilled and then…

God fulfilled His promise and delivered Jericho to the Israelites in an odd fashioin so Joshua, in turn fulfills some of his promises… He spares Rahab and her family and allows them to live with them as a reward for her faithfulness… and then they burned the entire city to the ground, keepinng all the silver, gold, bronze and iron into the treasury of The LORD – which i think, constitutes one of the earliest “Building Funds” in church history…

And then there’s a curse… Joshua pronounces a curse on anyone who tries to rebuild the city of Jericho… he says that whoever does so will lose his firstborn son and his youngest son… they destory the place and hope to wipe it off of the face of the earth forever… now, i think this will lead to some interesting things… in fact, someone named Heil DID rebuild Jericho, during the reign of King Ahab and guess what? his first born son died as did his youngest son… should’ve seen that coming… i’m going to rethink signing that petitiion to save Jericho (the TV show)…

IN OTHER WORDS

to the tune of The Motions – Matthew West

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg… Prevent Regret… This is a chapter that closes out the “Setup” section of the book… it deals with the general notion that if you don’t figure out what’s important in life and act on it, then you’re going to experience a lot of regret… the opening story is touching and sad and reminds us that relationships have a lot to do with our priorities… the chapter talks about four common regrets that people face at the end of life and reminds us that life doesn’t slow down until it stops and then it’s too late to change anything… we have this point in time right now to make the most of and that’s it… Next section: HOW TO PLAY…

MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE -dAT CAVE

to the tune of The Batman Theme – Danny Elfman

a few nice pieces up at theTRu… posted my 2oo7 Year in Re:TRu piece last week as well as a long, lost interview with Shawn McDonald… plenty more to come your way… as long as i can stay awake…

MOVING ON

hope you enjoyed this slightly new format and will check back to see the rest of the new “schedule”…

peace… love… bdg…

general22 Mar 2008 11:44 pm

“Thank you for Jesus and please help Him to feel better from being on the cross… He must have been bleeding a lot and it probably really hurt.”… this from my five and a half year old sage and spiritual giant… after we read through the Easter story this evening and we were saying our bedtime prayers, he hits a homerun…

However you celebrate Easter, i pray that your weekend is joyous and blessed… and that you remember all that’s been done on your behalf… He is risen… He is risen, indeed…

peace… love… bdg…

general22 Mar 2008 11:38 pm

“Thank you for Jesus and please help Him to feel better from being on the cross… He must have been bleeding a lot and it probably really hurt.”… this from my five and a half year old sage and spiritual giant… after we read through the Easter story this evening and we were saying our bedtime prayers, he hits a homerun…

However you celebrate Easter, i pray that your weekend is joyous and blessed… and that you remember all that’s been done on your behalf… He is risen… He is risen, indeed…

peace… love… bdg…

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