Bryan David

April 30th, 2007 |

I’ve got my laughing muscles all packed with ice after a doozie of a weekend. My cousin Bryan and his wife Lisa were in town for a few days so Angel and I tried to soak up as much of them as we could. Bryan and I spent a bunch of time sitting on the couch with our guitars bouncing songs off one another. While we were doing that Angel and Lisa were talking about, I don’t know, girl stuff I guess, candles, kitties, deodorant, solvents, explosives, the usual.

It’s amazing to me to think of how little time Bryan and I spent together growing up (especially since our dads were/are so close) but how incredibly similar we are. We realized that we really didn’t know that much about each other, other than what I knew of his musical career from his website and vice versa. So we had a lot of catching up to do. And we did.

Bryan and I played an acoustic version of one of his songs called “Closer” at church last night. Great song! I think his dad shot some video of the performance so maybe that’ll show up on YouTube or something. It was a great feeling singing with Bryan. I don’t know what is happening to me but everything makes me cry these days so I was trying not to sniffle and blubber too much while we sang. It felt like the culmination of something. I don’t know what. Just something. Something good. I was honored.

For those of you who pray, please say a few prayers for Bryan and Lisa. They are facing some things right now that would cause anxiety even in a dead man.

The Boy Ain’t Real Bright-Like

April 26th, 2007 |

I decided a few weeks ago, while my computer was still in a coma, that when it was back up and running I would not re-install any software that I had stolen off the Internet.  Looking back on it, that vow reminds me of a movie scene (I don’t remember the movie) where Chevy Chase (I think) is swimming out into the ocean to drown himself and after getting a very good distance from the shore he has a change of heart. As he turns around and starts desperately paddling back to the shore he begins to cut various deals with God. He says if God will get him back alive he’ll pay 50% of his income to the church. Then as he gets closer and closer to the shore the percentage gets lower and lower…or something like that.

So now that I’m back on the shore with my legally obtained, ancient, and virtually useless version of Cakewalk (recording software) installed, I’m starting to forget the deal I struck.

I’ve made a huge mistake in complaining about my computer and software situation. It sure doesn’t seem very Christ-like to say that I’m going to chose right and then gripe about it for weeks when I realize how un-fun it is. I’ve been bellyaching about how frustrated I’ve been with my lack of software and I should just zip it. So there. Consider it zipped.

The apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:11-13

…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Who am I to gripe about only being able to do 16-bit recording instead of 24-bit? It seems ridiculous. It is ridiculous. And wrong. Sorry.

How Do You Feed?

April 25th, 2007 |

You know what a Feed Reader is right? I know that at least a few of my readers do because some of you are subscribed to my feed. I use Google Reader because it works and it’s free. Here are the feeds that I read every day.

Slashdot

AG News

CNN

Chris Gustave’s Blog

Lifehacker

Techmeme

The Journey (my Pastor’s blog)

What are the sites you read every day?

Dr. Z For Sale

April 24th, 2007 |

See this?

Nice huh?

You should hear it.

Want it?

I mean, of course you want it. What’s not to want. Just look at it. It’s the best sounding amp I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned a lot of amps.

It’s for sale.

See this?

When you buy the amp you’re going to want to buy this too. Because if you don’t use this with the amp there is no way you’ll ever be able to play this amp in your house without going to jail for it. Yes, it’s that loud. This little box will make your neighbors like the amp as much as you do. The can of Coke is complementary. You’re welcome.

This amp is the most expensive piece of gear that I’m willing to part with. It is the only piece of gear that if I sell will allow me to buy the recording software I need, among other things.

How much?

Enough to get me these.

Sonar 6

Waves Renaissance Bundle

Korg MIDI Controller

And another Gig of RAM just so it all runs nice and friendly.

Tell your friends.

Contact me here.

Does anybody want to come over and show me how to list this thing on Ebay? I’ll buy you some pizza.

I Want To Know Christ – Demo Sample

April 23rd, 2007 |

Here’s a short clip of my newest gospel/worship tune “I Want To Know Christ”. The lyrics are taken from Philippians 3:10, 11 where the apostle Paul says:

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to resurrection from the dead. (NIV)

My Pastor has said that this is one of his favorite passages of the Bible. He’s also said that black gospel (choir included) is one of his favorite styles of worship music. So I did what any kiss-up would do and wrote a song using those two elements.

Some of my demos sound good enough to pass for the finished product, this is not one of them. There are still many elements (horns, organ, piano) to be added but I thought I’d just go ahead and post what I’ve got so far. Promise you won’t laugh.

Download the demo here.

Hey, Look At Me

April 22nd, 2007 |

If I remember right, this face was most often associated with a bowel movement.

From sometime in 2002 until about four months ago I was addicted to video games hard core. My drug of choice was Unreal Tournament 2003, which gave way to Unreal Tournament 2004. I just found a screen shot of one of the maps (or levels) I designed for UT2003. I spent about six weeks working on this stupid thing. The name of the map was -AiA-Anointed. AiA was the clan (or team, for those of you who have a life) I was in at the time. AiA stood for Another Intimidating Acronym, one of the greatest clan names ever thanks to yours truly.

I also found this picture of a Photoshop project I was working on that never got finished. This is probably  four or five years old. This was going to be some sort of website interface if I remember right. It’s kind of cool I think.

What is this? Show and tell?

Yes.

Insert Witty Caption Here

April 21st, 2007 |

Angel and I were going through some old pictures the other night and found a bunch that we’d forgotten about. Here are a couple that made us laugh. Coming up with captions for these would be so incredibly simple that it could be considered comedic cheating. So I won’t. I’ll just set the ball on the T…

I spent a bunch of time last night and today recording a demo of my latest gospel/worship song. It’s coming along slowly. Using Cakewalk to record music is like painting with a bulldozer. It has yielded some interesting results though. As they say, necessity is the mother of frustration. I might post a little bit of it in the next couple of days. I really dig the tune but it just sounds  so “local”.

Nate

April 19th, 2007 |

Today I came across some videos that Nate posted of him and his brothers jamming in his basement. Definitely worth checking out.

For those of you who don’t know who Nate is he was the keyboard player in my last band.

That’s all I got.

The Woes of Honesty

April 18th, 2007 |

Sometimes you don’t realize how great your stolen software is until you try and use the junk you actually paid for. Tonight I started working on a demo for a cool gospel tune I wrote based around Philippians 3:10,11. Cakewalk 9 is total junk. Now I remember why I always felt so tempted to slit my wrists during the making of Invention of the Wheel and the Six Comforts project. This is the clunkiest program I’ve ever seen. It says it will do 24-bit recording but it lies. This makes it utterly useless to me…well…almost…but utterly useless just sounds so much more dramatic than almost utterly useless.

I also dug out my old Boss DR-660 drum machine. That’s the one that makes all your songs sound like Fine Young Cannibals. She drives me crazy indeed. I used to use this awesome little drum machine program called Beatcraft but it was stolen too. Sigh.

The Secret

April 16th, 2007 |

After we put Riley to bed tonight we came downstairs to work out. We only wanted to do twenty minutes so Angel searched YouTube for anything twenty minutes long. She found a clip of the first twenty minutes of The Secret. Perfect! After watching it here’s what I learned. The thirty-two people who were killed in Virginia today were killed because they attracted murder to themselves with their thoughts. The negativity in their thought lives brought the killing upon them. If they had been thinking about the mansion they wanted they would have had that instead.

This is in no way a mis-representation of what The Secret is teaching. Thanks Oprah.

May God send peace and comfort to the families and friends of those who were murdered. I can’t imagine the pain.