Rhythmic Olympics

August 20, 2008 at 2:17 am (Uncategorized)

I must say i have really enjoyed watching the Olympics the past two weeks.  I’ve been so impressed by abilities and accomplishments of all the different countries.  However, i have a thought; specifically on the events/competitions that involve synchronization or precise timing (i.e. synchronized diving).  Maybe this is obvious, but i believe that duo teams could sync up their performance if they worked more on the rhythm of their routines.  I’m sure they do something along those lines, but listening to some of the divers count off their jumps and seeing pairs begin their routines, no where near at the same time…i just have to wonder…maybe they should focus more on their rhythm.  As in actually planning out the “groove” of their efforts.  Yes i’m biased, especially with my previous metronome-heavy marching career, but you have to admit…it just makes sense.  GO USA!!

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It was time

August 18, 2008 at 3:34 am (Uncategorized)

Just over four years ago, i, along side some of my best friends, embarked on a journey that taught me about life, love, and music.  This was of course none other then the MBYS Great Escape National Tour.  It still holds as one of my greatest memories and experiences of all times.  I would even go as far as to say that I grew up on that trip.  It was also on this journey that i gained the facial integrity an respect that i have had to this day.  As great as it has been however, i have decided that it is time for a change.  So with razor in hand and a camera to document, i bid farewell to the beard that not only made me look 16 instead of 12, but allowed me to tell numerous middle school students what to do, and tame even the wildest of woodsman…ok maybe not that much, but still was helpful.  While i’ve received mixed emotions and thoughts about it, i haven’t decided whether or not I shall remain barefaced. Either way, i’m glad i did it and some of the reactions have been worth it alone 🙂  Below you can see how all this came about including such looks as the goatee, the Virgil Earp, and the Pete Horning pedafile complex :

(haha thats right…you have to click to see the final product!)

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Loops!

August 12, 2008 at 4:00 am (Uncategorized)

Tonight i had the honor of playing at Frontline Arlington again with Tony and two other cool cats.  All in all it was a great night and I was truly blessed through worship tonight.  It was also really cool because I finally had a chance to use something that i’ve wanted to learn about and implement for a while…drum loops.  Now it might not have been the greatest loop ever, but it fit really well and it was really interesting and new for me to think about playing with one, as well as controlling it from a MIDI keyboard.  If i can figure out how, i’ll see if i can post it for you to listen to.  Anyway, i hope to be able to build a library of loops to pull from as the year progresses…and beyond!  Special props to Paul and Tony for helping me figure some of this stuff out!

Speaking of Loops…I’m watching the men’s olympic gymnastics competition…dang.   GO USA!

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Finished!

August 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm (Books)

So back in May, a few weeks before Prince Caspian came out on the big screen, i realized…hmmm, i hate it when i see a sweet movie but everyone else always says “the book was SO much better” or, more commonly, when i realize, “dang, i didn’t even know that was a book”.  So i decided that i was going to read straight through the Narnia series.  I’m happy to say that i did make it through Prince Caspian (book 4) before i saw the movie and i was glad i did.  That movie was AMAZING!  I’m also pleased to report, that as of last night, i finally finished the series with “The Last Battle”!  I wasn’t in a huge rush to get through the books even though i could’ve read through the entire series in a week if i wanted to; they’re that easy of a read.  C.S. Lewis has such an incredible ability to paint the Gospel in such creative ways.  I don’t really have any profound analysis or deep thoughts on the books, I really just wanted to relay that I really enjoyed reading through the books, especially since i haven’t read any fiction in the longest time.  I suppose it’s time to pick a new series…maybe i’ll go back to reading the boxcar children 🙂  or there’s always Harry Potter…Any suggestions?

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