6 years running…

September 6, 2008

You all know my best bud, Augie.

Here he is back in 2003 when he won the California State Contest for the first time.

So I just got off the phone with him and today he extended his reign as California’s hero. Ahhh, if only his unfortunate competitors had realized on that fateful day that the meek geek with glasses and sweet gelled hair was going to best them that year and the five following, maybe they wouldn’t have gotten their hopes up. Ah well. There’s always next year. Yeah. Right.

Congrats Augie.


It Is Well With My Soul

August 5, 2008

 

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul. 

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. 

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! 

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Lord, I am far too richly blessed to be anything short of content and thankful. Forgive me for my failures in this regard and please continue to work on me. Thank you for the ability to even praise your name. You are far too good to me. Thank you. Amen.


Giant Steps

May 12, 2008

I kinda laughed at the part they labeled “Piano Solo”. Let’s be real. They’re just givin Coltrane a chance to catch his breath. Great video.


5,000 years in 90 seconds.

April 20, 2008

Watch.


Man Choir

April 15, 2008

Some of my fondest memories of Azusa Pacific University took place with these guys. The APU Men’s Chorale.

Probably one of my favorites was my first performance with these guys at St. Francis Episcopal church in Upland. We did two performances, first for their “contemporary” service and then for their main service. I put contemporary in quotes because if the man leading the service is wearing robes and you sing hymns exclusively, we clearly have different definitions of contemporary. Moving on…

It just happened to be bring your pet to church day. Awesome. People had brought their dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, you get the idea…all to be blessed by the minister. Again: awesome. So in this contemporary service, our choir outnumbered the congregation two to one and once we started singing we wanted nothing more than to be able to just blend in. We started singing a hymn that was altogether unfamiliar to us. I remember us making it a verse or two before we started shielding each other so we could get our giggles in although after reading the first verse I don’t see how we made it that long. It culminated in a handful of us actually hunched over laughing. Thankfully there were enough of us in man choir that we could stick them in the middle out of the sight of the congregation. Maybe you had to be there, but here are the lyrics nonetheless. And some videos of one of Man Choir’s more recent performances. Give em a listen. They’re awesome.

A Sing of all Creation

Dolphins leaping, swallows gliding,
Glory in God.
Wolves a-howling, eagles soaring,
Glory in God.

Buffaloes and cattle roaming,
Horses stamping, bears a-prowling,
Sheep a-grazing, squirrels hoarding,
Glory in God.

Elephants and tigers roaring,
Glory in God.
Alligators and coyotes,
Glory in God.

Skunks an roaches, ants and spiders,
Rattle snakes and mountain lions,
Have their place in all creation,
Glory in God.

Hamsters snuffing, geckoes sunning,
Glory in God.
Cats a-snoozing, dogs a-panting,
Glory in God.

Goldfish staring, rabbits hopping,
Doves of peace on Francis lighting,
Shyest creatures in our stillness,
Glory in God.

Dragons sitting on their trasures,
Glory in God.
Flames that burn but warm our houses,
Glory in God.

George released the dragon's wisdom,
Pierced the darkness with his lancing,
Fierceness met with courage blending,
Glory in God. Glory in God. Glory in God.

Sweet Prank

April 8, 2008

Don’t leave your laptop unattended. I’ll get ya.


What a Way to Make a Living.

April 7, 2008

Here ya go Paul and Laurie. I give you the Bush Man.


Decisions, Decisions.

March 28, 2008

Just another demonstration of the only real way to settle a dispute. Either this or Indian Leg Wrestling.


Were You There?

March 23, 2008

This song never gets old.


It’s Sunday. Do you know Him?

March 23, 2008

Just like I said last year, “When I see rabbits laying eggs, I know missing something.”