Monday, October 20, 2008

Thanksgiving 20 OCT 2008

Dear God,

Thanks you so much for my friend Jeremy. Thank you for how much fun it is to ride in the car with him places and for the friendship we share. Thanks for letting me be close friends with someone this long, long enough to work through a lot, to learn a lot about myself.

Oh Jesus, so much about myself. As I think about the things about myself you’ve shown me through this friendship and others, I think about how far you’ve brought me. And, God, I know I have a long way to go, but I thank you so much for your faithfulness. I’ve seen your promises made good in my life.

Thank you for the music of Bob Dylan. He’s so goofy.

Thanks for the game(s) of Hide & Seek I got to play at church today, for the kids I played them with.

I thank you for Jeff and David and Mary and Julie Ann. Thank you for the joy of an evening with friends. Thank you for Jacob Bullock and for my sister. Thanks for getting to meet David’s friend Robert.

Thank you for the hours past midnight, though I should probably be sleeping.

God, you are faithful. This is just who you are; thank you so much.



Sunday, October 19, 2008


Well, Andy Whitman's just crazy about Tell Tale Signs.

You can listen to it here and decide for yourself.

Personally, I've been grateful for the abstraction of his lyrics recently. Sometimes it is very, very tiring to listen to music that is full of *meaning.* I'm grateful for the abstraction (to me, at least) of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sigur Rós and Dylan.

What do you think of Bob Dylan? Is he a hack who got lucky? Is he a genius? Somewhere in between? What's your take?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Chick Flick

A blast from the proverbial past:

Probably the film I have the single most positive associations with overall, whether the process of making it or the reaction or anywhere in between. Of course, if we'd known then what we know now (about the power of good preproduction work [i.e. Screenwriting, etc.]), then, in theory, the movie could have been a lot stronger.

But I think it all comes out pretty strong in the end anyway. And who knows? if we had thought things through ahead of time, we might never have gotten to see Matt Stone in a dress.

Episode Two of Wanted!

Jesse's search for his missing friend leads him into strange company...

Monday, October 13, 2008

For Commenter David:

A movie where I do use some Copland. Also my first collaboration with Jeremy.


It takes eight minutes for sunlight to reach the Earth. Eight wonderful, leisurely, glorious minutes.

Perhaps eight minutes should seem like a short amount of time for sunlight to reach our blue planet, considering the billions (or maybe just millions; I’m really not sure) of miles those luminous, friendly little particles have to travel to get here.

But to me it seems like a saunter.

It seems like sunlight is making a wonderful, sauntering statement about time and space and earth and about getting from here to there. What that statement is, I’m not sure. But this I know: I love to walk outside, tilt my head my up to catch the light and warmth spilling from that neighborly star (with my eyes closed, of course), and whisper, quietly, under my breath: eight minutes.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"Joseph", "Pharaoh" and "Horseshoe" are all very difficult words for me to write out, for some reason. No matter how many times I write them.

Latest From The Kid's Club Production Machine...

Introducing the series Wanted! Here is episode one...

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Live Music

It would be foolish not to head over to and listen to Over the Rhine do a live set from the Trumpet Child: