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announcements&features&front page&MUSIC&reviews&reviews&walkTRu24 Aug 2012 12:04 pm

If you’re not a “fan”— Wait, I mean, if you don’t “like” theTRu. on facebook or follow me on twitter (*hint, hint*), then you may not realize what’s going on with the front page here at theTRu. (Yes, Virginia – and other states – there IS a front page.)

Well, to make a long story short, I had the best intentions when I pulled the site down for a redesign a year and a half ago, but life got in the way. Recently, I’ve picked up the plow again and the work is underway. In the meantime, as a show of good faith and to tease your palate, I posted a sneak peek at the new design and content earlier this week. This preview includes a WalkTRu of the new TobyMac album (due out on the 28th), a review of the Rhett Walker Band debut album, and a brand new Left to Write editorial.

I mention this now, because by Monday, there will be more new content, including a brand new feature. And in the coming days, you can expect more from theTRu. I’m committed to finishing the design sooner rather than later, getting the full site running again, and pumping out new content tirelessly. I hope you’ll join me.

Question: What feature do you most want to see come back?

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&front page&MP&pop culture&web31 Mar 2010 12:22 pm

i’ve still got a rundown of LOST coming, as well as, some more thoughts and theories on the way, but i’m taking this brief respit to continue on with the mashed potatoes…

before i grab a spoon and dig in, though, i’m sure you’re wondering about the main site… i mean, it’s been “under construction” for a while now, right?… well, here’s the thing… i started out with a plan… i had a new design sketched out in my head, on a pad of paper and was pretty sure that it was ready to build out… then i got a new idea… so, i sketched that out… then… a newer new idea… and so it goes… the good news is, i’m set on a design now, and i’ve begun the actual process of making it work… (fans of theTRu on facebook can actually catch a glimpse of the new look)… there’s still a bit of heavy lifting to be done, and then some fine-tuning, but it’s motion… progress even…

and now back to the mash… so far, we’ve already talked about books and movies and music and television, which leaves us with… “more”… yeah, it’s a broad topic and it pretty much encompasses absolutely anything that crosses my mind and/or holds my attention… it’s kind of a wildcard category, so you never know what you’ll get, but it rounds out the full experience of entertainment onslaught… this week, it’s all about podcasts…

i think i’ve made it pretty clear in the past that i enjoy listening to the Steelehouse Podcast each week and the Tony Kornheiser Show each weekday, but below are three more that i have been listening to a lot as well and the time has come to speak openly about them…

GET FREAKY WITH IT

now playing: Super Freak – Rick James

I haven’t read Freakonomics or Super Freakonomics… i’m not an economist… and i’m not generally the type of guy who gets excited about – or even sits down to watch documentaries… but, i saw Steven Levitt on the Colbert Report some time ago, and i’ve wanted to read the aforementioned books… unfortunately, i’ve never gotten around to it… BUT… i feel a little better about myself now that i’ve discovered the Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Though tragically infrequent, the Freakonomics podcast always hits you with a little less than a half hour of compelling and thoughtfully provocative content from a perspective that’s most likely significantly different than your own… the tagline, “exploring the hidden side of everything,” is quite fitting as they tackle topics that are familiar, but provide opinions that are steeped in economic theory with no regard for popular beliefs… generally a fascinating discussion that’s not at all as nerdy as it may seem…

So far, there have been three full episodes (and three short teasers) and the third one introduced a handful of commercials, but it was still a fun listen…

TASTE THE RAINBOW

now playing: Rainbow – Colbie Caillat

this one’s not as new, but it is also an infrequent podcast – especially now that one of the three voices moved several states away… of course, i’m talking about Skittle Sandwich – two DJs and a musician chewing the fat for about an hour each… month?… i’ve been listening to this podcast since its inception which was about a year and a half ago and by now, i feel somewhat invested in it…

the trio of Dice, Matt, and Sara sit down and talk about life, music, and pop culture – three things i can hardly get enough of – and, perhaps the highlights are the many, many times when the conversation is derailed and rabbit-trailed… just like life… aparently it’s not always safe for the younger ears, but i’ve enjoyed the ride thus far and look forward to hearing it each month (or so)…

DON’T SHAVE EVER… DUDE

now playing: Dharma Lady – Geronimo Jackson

the last podcast is frequent, but fleeting… and it’s all about LOST… specifically an episode by episode look at the show, through the eyes of Jorge (a.k.a. “Hurley”) and “Sidekick22″… this is, Geronimo Jack’s Beard… the cool thing about this podcast is that most of the episodes were recorded over the summer as they recieved the script and their thoughts are based on what’s written in the script… And a good bit of that changes by the time the episode is filmed and edited… So, its
an insider look at each episode and the more recent episodes have bookended the original conversation with emails and comments from the current week… the downside is that when LOST is over… this is probably over as well… but while it’s here, it’s definitely worth checking out…

AND WITH THAT…

and speaking of checking out… i must bid you all adieu… Do you listen to these podcasts? other podcasts? what did i miss?… back later with LOST and more…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&general&Movies&television06 Sep 2009 11:24 pm

i’m interrupting this regularly unscheduled laziness to bring you this update… finally… it’s been quite a while since i last wrote something for the old blog… i can’t explain it entirely, but i’ve just been pulled in a number of directions and unfortunately can’t seem to motivate myself to the point of updating… anyway, i’m here to put an end to that… today, i’m going to have some fun, chatting up the latest installment from Veggietales available everywhere…

IT’S RAINING…

now playing: Flood – Jars of Clay



Well, it’s been a long time coming and it’s finally here… the sequel to Minnesota Cuke’s search for Samson’s hairbrush… and perhaps a tip of the fedora to a new branch of the Veggietales franchise?… (I’m thinking that a 2D series of Minnesota Cuke episodes wouldn’t be a bad idea)… this episode also marks the official debut of the new Veggietales logo… both are hits…

Minnesota learns about persistence, patience and most of all, the importance of following directions in this zany tale of Larry’s alter-ego and his quest to find the powerful umbrella used by none other than Noah… of course, there’s plenty of mischief, mayhem, and missteps (not to mention the numerous nods to Indy) that make the show fun for kids and parents alike…

…RUN FOR COVER

And with that, i’ll grab my sippy cup and head on out… i’ve got another new Veggietale movie queued up in the near future… but it’s about Christmas and i’m not sure when i’ll get to that… also, watch for a “political” blog entry, a “Triple-DeKker” entry, and more… many more books and many more other stuff… also, i’m completely redesigning the site… and much, much more is spinning around in my head…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&Bookshelf&front page31 Dec 2008 12:14 am

one day left in the year 2008… and i’ve kind of been coasting to the finish line… i have things to write about i’m sure, but i’m still kind of in cruise mode… we traded illnesses over the last few weeks and i’m still a little bit beat… fortunately, i’ve got an oasis of time off here in the middle of the week and maybe i’ll get some stuff done during that time… (or maybe i’ll just play some golf on the wii)… anyway, here’s a book review and some chatter about that last post of mine…

WE WANT… THE TRUTH!!!
– to the tune of What I Like About You – Everlife

My biggest qualm about this book is the packaging. It’s a big block of a book with compartments built in for the notepad (er, reMemo pad) and the DVD, but the text itself is dwarfed in all this cardboard. I’d have much rather seen the book come out of the packaging as a separate entity as well, but that’s just my preference i suppose.

Cracking into the shiny silver packaging and digging into the actual book, though, i found it to be full of interesting tidbits, thoughts, suggestions, and ideas worthwhile for the hearing. A tad repetitious and playing simply to common sense, but definitely a thoughtful topic and one I’ve been working through personally over the last few months, so it was very timely in that regard.

It doesn’t tell you what to do with your life, but it does help you realize whether or not you’re doing what you should be doing if you hope to maximize your potential and actually (*gasp*) enjoy your work.

There are a lot of books on this topic and many of them have similar advice to offer, but this book – with the accompanying DVD – stands out a little bit in my mind. Seems to make more practical sense than, say, The Dip.

PUT THAT IN WRITING
– to the tune of Absolute – Thousand Foot Krutch

so, if you didn’t catch the gist, theTRu.print is a brand spankin’ new concept that is going to become a recurring theme… i originally came up with the idea of making my own mini-magazine way back before i was able to do any writing in actual magazines… then, the idea kind of got lost in the mix of writing for HM, taking over the helm at CMCentral and later writing for CCM… since all that’s gone bust for the most part (and i’m pretty much finished with my pity party), i’m back to square one and hey, i can do my own little mini magazine again…

So this first issue, a Christmas issue, was the introduction to what will be something that you’ll see more of in the coming year… i’m already planning the second issue, but i’m not sure if i’ll shoot for a January or a Jan/Feb deadline… i don’t want to overcommit my resources, but i also don’t want to ease up on the throttle unnecessarily because i fear that i’ll just let time and opportunity get away from me… what i want to see is for this to be a supplemental piece to theTRu that can also include advertising and maybe generate a little pocket change…

thanks to everyone who has given me feedback on the first issue, i’m taking it all into account and am excited about slowly progressing this new addition to theTRu… if you have thoughts or ideas as to what i should cover in the next issue, or if you’re interested in advertising, get in touch with me directly and we’ll see what we can see… ads will be pretty cheap to start, believe you me…

WHAT’S MORE

i’m going to try to finish up some more of the 25 or Less features, buzzing through the months of 2008 and touching on all the albums that i got my ears around as well as a few other features and such to help keep the site looking balanced and fresh… and in the distant future will be some Year in RE:TRu pieces… yee ha…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&front page23 Dec 2008 04:25 pm

(click the cover and it should download a PDF of this grand new mini-magazine)…

peace… love… bdg…

americanidol&announcements&front page&reviews29 Apr 2008 11:02 pm

and it’s Tuesday… and that means that i should talk about television… so here’s a quick rundown of my comments… Barney? NO, he’s the best character… at 31 she DID live there?… “It’s not happening if you don’t look at it” “Kind of like Poverty?”… okay, i’m out of thoughts… everything is kind of jumbled together right now… anyway… it’s time for American Idol…

FIVE ALIVE

to the tune of Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond night… TODAY… we comin’ to America… i’m sure someone will sing that tonight… Kristy Lee would’ve definitely done it, but i’d bet on Archy… anyway, here we go…

Jason (Castor Oil) Castro: don’t forget the lyrics, dude… off we go… singing Forever in Blue Jeans… with the guitar… and he’s doing alright… Simon is entirely disinterested… why is that violinist wearing shades?… why does this sound like a really sleepy tune… that’s right, it’s the slacker singing it… you think that eye color is fake or what?… i didn’t mind it too much… Iron Man looks pretty good… Bret Michaels, not so much…

David (Daughtry the 2nd) Cook: goofing off with Ryan, goosing Neil… man, this guy is just too comfortable… i’ve never heard a Neal Diamond song sung in monotone before… what’s up with that jacket?… is he the DC that completes the AC that’s on his jacket and guitar?… is that his mom’s gear? is he peddling her line of wares illegally on the show?… he sang I’m Alive and it was alright, i suppose… i thought it was kind of boring myself, but i’m probably alone in that…

Brooke White (The Piano Whisperer): singing I’m a Believer by the Monkees… or, by Neal Diamond… well, she’s playing the guitar, but the real band is playing loud enough to drown her out… now, if only they could do something about her vocal… it’s not that good… i’ve totally flipped on her since the beginning of this competition… she’s… oh, greay leather pants… no thanks…

{Little) David Archuleta: HA!… he IS gonna sing it… anyway… he’s such a dork in Neil’s presence… own a piece of Archuleta… no thanks… first son is Sweet Caroline… it seems like he forgot the words there… maybe it was just a dramatic pause… well, this just isn’t working for me… he’s just too drama queen for this song… and it’s too Brady Bunch for me… the crowd goes wild and i go to get something to munch on…

Syesha (a.k.a. Cry-esha): singing Hello Again… she’s doing the Kat McPhee sit on the steps routine… and well… i like her voice, i’ve always thought it was good when she stays in her range… this song is pretty slow and some people may think it’s boring… but she’s doing a nice job… she just wanted to show off her vocal control probably… i hope the next one is more memorable…

Randy says, Jason: OK, Cook: Solid, Brooke: Karaoke, Archy: DaBOMB, Syesha: in the zone

Paula says: Jason: lower register, David: something about his second song… what? he only sang once? what? oh he’s fabulous

Simon (amen) says: forgettable, just above average, nightmare, amateurish, old fashioned

ENCORE, ENCORE?

to the tune of Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond

Jason (Castor Oil) Castro: singing September Mourn… i think this is the Frank Sinatra version… you know how Frank pretty much just says, “screw your arrangement, I’m singing it Myyyyyy waaaaaay…” this is a really slow version and i’m falling asleep… sorry castro… it’s just not cutting it… Randy says, dude, it was just okay, whatever… Paula says it was the same liberty, too safe… Jason says, guh-huh, guh-huh, i was choking…. SImon says no one will remember him or something to that effect…

David (Daughtry the 2nd) Cook: “the rocker’s second outing”… with something… the bag of chips was crinkling too loudly for me to hear… i’ll tell you one thing though… it’s not a rock song… All I Really Need Is You… and now he’s trying to rock out like he’s Jeremy Camp or something… he’s really shouting… and really, he’s reminding me that i will not buy any of the season seven albums… seriously… for reals… Randy says… you know what, i’m a huge fan, you rocked the house… Paula is proud of him because he pulled off the lesser known songs… Simon says, to be honest, one was okay, that was brilliant… BAH!

Brooke White (The Piano Whisperer): like totally, that wasn’t a nightmare, giggle giggle… singing I Am, I Said with the lyrics on her hand facing the piano keys… silly… i actually like this song… this one fits her pretty well… much better than the apparently debatable nightmare that was her first performance… she’s much more comfy behind the piano… Randy says… nice job… Paula says she is vulnerable and everyone loves her… it worked… Simon says he really hated the first one, but this was the one we like…

{Little) David Archuleta: back again with the money, “how can you vote against AMERICA” song… David Archy with his voice cracking and everything… they better hope that he doesn’t hit puberty during this competition… i think even the background singers are boring on this one… let freeedom riiiiiiiiiiiiing…. bah, that was a very campy version of the song… blah… Randy says he was in the zone, Paula says he was on point and she loves him… Simon points out the contrived choice of song…

Syesha (a.k.a. Cry-esha): ooh, i could go for some arby’s… singing Thank the Lord for the Night time and… aw, Syesha, why’d you take it this direction?… maybe she’s going for the Motown, Shirelles type of vibe, but it’s coming across as very High School Musical… i think she lost her shoes too… i didn’t mind it, but it could’ve been much better… and that’s the one they’ll remember… Randy says it could’ve been on Broadway… Paula fumbles through some random words about magic and theatrics… Simon asks Paula if she liked it or not… then he says she’s more of an actress than a singer and she might be in trouble…

Bottom Three: Brooke, Jason, Syesha (going home)

AND THEN…

So, i did some stuff on the old site today… tidied up a few things… redesigned the reviews page, added two reviews… (After Edmund and Leeland), added in a bit under the AbouTRu section and added a way to sign up for a newsletter that i’ll explain more about later… more coming soon…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&front page&inTRuviews07 May 2007 10:36 pm

That’s the latest interview… it’s not the best, kind of scattered thoughts, but i got a free lunch from it… and i enjoyed the conversation…

coming later this week or in the near future… (I’m in the process of tidying them up)… Urban D and Bethany Dillon… and a bundle of features and of course some more album reviews… we’re also chugging through the Glory Revealed book (hopefully some of you are following along)… and i may just through in a few curve balls here and there…

keep it locked!

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&front page&reviews01 May 2007 02:40 pm

So, i took a little bit of time to tweak some things on the front page… added in a nice new row of album covers so that it’s easy to access the latest album reviews… a few more changes are planned to make things easier to navigate and enjoy, all in due time…

now, before you say it, i know – some of those covers are pretty old, but i did also post a new album review and i have more coming in the next few days… for the time being, check out my review of Derek Webb’s latest, The Ringing Bell… It’s been almost 2 1/2 years since i posted an album review here because i’ve been out writing for everyone else… but i don’t htink i lost my touch just yet…

coming soon on the main page… an inTRuview with KJ-52, more album reviews, a Walk TRu, and some features including a Dove wrap-up, a GMA Week overview, some talk about books, a concert review from Glory Revealed, and more… and stay tuned here at Raw Ma-TRu-ial for thoughts on the next chapter of Glory Revealed @ the Bookshelf as well as news bits and more…

keep it locked…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&front page15 Apr 2007 10:02 am

In order to better serve you the readers, i’ve taken some time setting up this blog… that’s the first of the announcements…

Dubbed, “Raw Ma-TRu-ial,” i’ve wanted to have this running for quite some time now, but never had the minutes and hours to make sure it all laid out nicely and looked good…

The name, as my fellow hip-hop heads will quickly recognize, is something of an homage to the Mars Ill album “Raw Material” (CLASSIC!) and also signifies the nature of the posting… i expect to drop some raw thoughts here in the pages of the blog, be it quick reviews of albums, movies, tv shows or commentary on other items of interest… i also plan to have some extended book discussions as i read through the chapters of another person’s words… and this blog will be the closest thing to the news that you’ll get here at the TRu… if i see some interesting press releases or news items, i’ll stick them here…

Now, onto the next big thing… theTRu has partnered with the Open Discussion Forums to allow that message board be our message board… hit up TRudATmusic.com/forum, sign up as a member and get to know fellow peepers of theTRu… it’s a great opportunity to stimulate relationships and community in an online setting and i hope it’s a lot of fun for everyone…

and now, you may continue to go about your day as planned…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&front page&general15 Apr 2007 07:29 am

Greetings all…

Welcome to the first of many additions to theTRu now that i have a bit more time on my hands to spend investing into this site…

i spent a bit of time setting up this design and tweaking a bunch of things here and there, so before i settle in entirely, and kick this off (probably Monday), i wanted to lay down the debut post…

i would like to start everything off by expressing my appreciation for everyone who’s eyes are scrolling through this post and this site right now…

Thanks for “TRu-ning” in and keep it locked…

peace… love… bdg…