March 2012


americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television28 Mar 2012 11:11 pm

nine remain and I’m not sure what the theme is for this “jam-packed two hour event,” but we shall see how good and bad it will be… we said goodbye to Erika last week and I can’t disagree with the choice even though I thought Hollie would leave… I think I’ll eventually lock in on this group a little better, but I might also run out of time… okay, it’s the idolettes taking on songs from their idols… and performing as trios as well… busy night… off we go…

Open Arms by Journey

Colton Dixon was found by music in church and he’s tackling his favorite worship song, Everything by Lifehouse… great song and knowing this is his taste explains a lot about his vocal… that was spectacular and the first time I didn’t feel like he was fraudulent… Steven says he’s a dream come true for an AI judge… J-Lo was literally moved because it was so emotional… Randy believes in every song Colton chooses and it was unbelievable… COLTON IS IN IT TO WIN IT, DAWG… (or something to that effect)…
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Bookshelf&reviews28 Mar 2012 09:13 am

The Voice New Testament

There is definitely no shortage of Bible versions on the market. You have the traditional versions, such as the King James (KJV), New King James (NKJV), New International (NIV), etc., more modern editions, like English Standard (ESV), New American Standard (NASB), Today’s New International (TNIV), etc., and then many versions that have striven to present the Gospel in a more accessible, maype even “hip” fashion (e.g. Amplified Bible, The Way, The Message, Contemporary English Version (CEV), etc.).

In the vein of the latter efforts – where the goal is to draw out the narrative aspect of the Gospel (and, perhaps “trick” people into reading the Bible) comes The Voice. The Voice stems from the efforts of the Ecclesia Bible Society, headed by Chris Seay, and features contributions from over 40 authors, scholars, editors, and others. There’s a bit of a buzz surrounding this release and, as with any new version, the reviews range.

I’m not going to get into the specifics and dissect any of the passages – I’ll leave that to others – but I will say that I enjoy the format and layout of The Voice. It reads pretty easily and presents the text in an entertaining way. I particularly like the script format used throughout the text as well as the inline, pop-up notes which add clarification. All that being said, my conscience is clear in reading this because I understand that this is an interpretation of the Bible and, whether it was intended to be or not, it isn’t a replacement of the Bible versions I use for study.

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&reviews27 Mar 2012 11:09 pm

Moments of Truth – John MacArthur

It’s a good idea to routinely – every day, even – dive into Scripture and meditate on what God has to teach us. It’s amazing how often truths declared in the Bible apply directly to life’s greatest “mysteries.” As someone who’s enjoyed reading John MacArthur’s thoughts on the Bible and life in general (and as one who has something of a collection of daily devotionals), I jumped at the chance to get a combination of the two. And it hasn’t disappointed. This book is a nice collection of easy-to-digest snippets from MacArthur’s writings that help set the tone for each day and provide encouragement to delve deeper into studying God’s Word. I still miss days now and again, but don’t we all?

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&reviews27 Mar 2012 10:36 pm

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived – Steven K Scott

So, I wasn’t certain what to expect from this book. Form the title, you could kind of guess that it’s a “get rich quick book” or perhaps one of the many self-help books that tries ever so awkwardly to spiritualize the art of becoming successful by the standards of the world. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s more about reading the book of Proverbs and applying its wisdom and truths to your life. About pursuing a Godly life and reaping success according to higher standards. Included in the mix, there’s advice to help you find favor among men – the importance of diligence, kindness, truth, graciousness, and generosity – as well as tips for building a solid network, dealing with adversity, and managing conflict. But ultimately, and the reason I enjoyed the book, it was all rooted in Proverbs, which is a great book to refer to for sound advice for life. Solomon knew what he was talking about – especially when he decried the struggle for material wealth at all cost.

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television22 Mar 2012 09:48 am

so now we’re down to ten and we start off with a depressing montage of footage from last week when everyone said goodbye to Shannon… anyway, we move along… the rumor is this week is Billy Joel week and Ryan verifies that in short order… Steven chimes in, noting that if you can’t sing Billy Joel, you can’t sing… i think that means that Billy Joel songs are cake… let’s see… also getting promos this week are Diddy and Tommy Hilfiger… off we go…

Don’t Ask Me Why by Billy Joel

DeAndre Brackensick chose Only the Good Die Young… it’s going to be hard to not directly compare these contestants to Billy Joel, but i’ll try… this is the dullest, most energetic performance i’ve seen… he’s bouncing around, but it’s so ridiculously fake… Steven thought it was too happy, but that’s what the world needs… J-Lo thought it was a great way to start off the show, laid back and grovelly… Randy agreed, but noted that it didn’t wow him, but it was okay…
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americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television14 Mar 2012 11:04 pm

nothing is without controversy and this show is apparently a petri dish to examine life… someone has been eliminated during the off days after cooperation with law enforcement… but apparently we’ll get to that later… first let’s look at baby pictures and get ready to hear the top eleven whippershappers sing songs from the year they were born… off we go…

Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

Phillip Phillips moves from closer to opener and fights through kindey stone surgery to bring his rendition of Hard to Handle from the Black Crowes to the Idol stage… it’s really solid, but i do get the feeling that he has a little more he could’ve given into that performance… great song choice though… Randy says it was good song choice and he sounded incredible… J-Lo says performing is so natural to him and it’s from every fiber of his body (except apparently his kidneys)… Steven says it matched his voice and style well and it was great…

Jessica Sanchez… maybe they’re going in opposite order… she chooses Gloria Estefan’s Turn the Beat Around which really doesn’t suit her and she struggles throughout it (just like last week) but again, no one will care after she jacked up the closing chorus… Steven says she can’t stray too far from ballads and she was off the beat… J-Lo agrees about the rhythm and says it wasn’t her favorite performance… Randy says it was a bad song choice that hid her “big ole voice”…
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americanidol&MUSIC&pop culture&television07 Mar 2012 11:41 pm

okay, so it seems like every year, i’ve all but decided to give up on American Idol and most of the time i crawl back into it and keep up… i’ve gotten myself all caught up on the shows leading up to the finals and i’m ready to go… guys vs. girls tonight because we always need a new twist… Stevie Wonder songs for the guys, Whitney Houston for the gals… first up, the guys… off we go…

Uptight (Everything’s Alright) by Stevie Wonder

Joshua Ledet leads off with I Wish and they were concerned about him being to gospel-ly in the finals… dude can sang and the high energy really sold it well… Randy says he turned it out… flawless… J-Lo says she felt his performance and she loved it… Steven says he had the snap and he brought it home…

Elise Testone got vetoed on her song selection because she was horrible… they encouraged her to sing I’m Your Baby Tonight… good call… i’m still not sold on her though… if she does have a “dope” voice like Mary J says, she needs some help… this is awful… too much yelling and growling… J-Lo says a lot of nice things before telling her it wasn’t her best… Steven says she has a great voice, but it was just good… Randy says she sounded like she was boxing with the song and it wasn’t her best…

Jermaine Jones, the “gentle giant,” tackles Knocks Me Off My Feet… it’s a ballad which works for him, but his biggest struggle will be to prove he has dynamics in his vocal rather than just a monotone bass… some nicks and bruises here and there, but this was a’ight… Steven says the song fit him like an Armani suit… J-Lo says he’s such a sweetheart, but needs to connect more with the song… Randy says he loved the verses, but not the chorus…
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