• The Kitschifying of Music

    August 24, 2006

    Start early with music education if you want your child to excel in music. “… Authenticity in full aesthetic masquerade. While mediocrity may be poor quality with no place to hide, kitsch is overt and exhibitionist; it is presumptuous, insincere and hypocritical mediocrity. It is blatant and strident pretension.” Harold Best, Dean of Wheaton College... Read More

  • Congratulations, Taylor! (with a wedgie qualification)

    May 24, 2006

    Here’s to you, man. You wanted it and you loved what you were doing and we could tell. Finally an American Idol who is more American than Idol. Yeah, you really can’t hit those low notes; but as long as you start writing meaningful songs, we’ll forgive you. (Psss… if you shout ‘Soul Patrol’ one... Read More

  • 10 Most Interesting New Songs on My iPod

    January 27, 2006

    In no particular order: Smile – dZihan & Kamien Start With The Ending – David Wilcox Sweet Bride – Kate Rusby Open Skiez – Ethereal77 Between Us and Them – Ulrich Schnauss Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap (the sound not the sentiment) Retread Lightly – Moss Weather Report – American Analog Set Tomorrow on... Read More

  • To Whom Shall We Go

    December 15, 2005

    I’d like to tell you all a 2 Corinthians 12:10 story. It starts with my failure and ends with God’s goodness. This past Sunday I preached again in church. My message was taken from John chapter 6 and dealt with the idea of putting the spiritual ahead of the material, finishing up with Jesus “will... Read More

  • The Power of God’s Promises

    November 28, 2005

    You can listen to a copy of the message I preached in church Sunday morning. The sermon is from Isaiah 40 and discusses the value that God’s promises hold because of the greatness of God. The absolutely hilarious part about this (and you’ll get it after listening to the first 2 minutes) is that this... Read More

  • PixelZion Podcast: Guest Appearance

    September 19, 2005

    I recently connected with an interesting community effort to bring light to the digital art world from a Christian perspective. PixelZion consists of a decent size group of artists working together to bring something valuable to the field, and they asked me to join them for a discussion about browsers on their podcast. This hour... Read More

  • Podcast Pilot

    September 19, 2005

    With much shame and metriculation, I present the newest addition to the podcasting world: A Jar of PlasticMind: Vol.1 (11:07/.MP3/7.63Mb)- What’s In A Jar | On Lying In Bed | I’m Not Going To Bed | Dark Side of Venus

  • The Leap

    September 19, 2005

    This has been a while in coming, promised it a few days after the wedding, so here it finally is for your listening enjoyment. Mark Nicholson’s performs The Leap, a song he wrote for our wedding. You can view the lyrics here. Thank again, Mark, for making a great day all the greater. The Leap... Read More

  • Top Ten Most Played Songs

    May 10, 2005

    iTunes does a fun little thing. It lets me know how many times I’ve played a song. Of course, it doesn’t count partially played songs, so it’s not entirely accurate. Keep in mind, I usually play music in study hall, so that may explain some of the list: 1. Swept Across Forever – Tim Janis... Read More

  • Piano Improv Archives

    April 28, 2005

    No doubt these are familiar, but I’ve moved my piano improv’s off my main page and wanted to keep an archive for searching’s sake. They are extremely rough in places, but keep in mind these are straight from brain to ivory, no retakes. Hopefully some of you enjoy them enough to be worthwhile: Wedding Recessional... Read More

  • Goodies for Well Behaved Readers

    April 13, 2005

    Everyone behaved so well when I was gone that I thought I’d give you a few goodies for being on your best behavior. Click here to download my latest piano improv, Thoughts on a Stormy Sidewalk and Click here to view thumbnails of my new site design (look for a debut soon, comments welcome)

  • Me, Myself and iPod

    April 6, 2005

    *giddy laugh*

  • “Lucky!”

    January 12, 2005

    Chances are if you’re cool and you’re visiting this website, you’ve seen Napolean Dynamite. TheseGuys have put together a tawdry little sound board that lets us all relive the irresistable kitschiness of the movie with a simple mouse click. “Sure, the world wide web is great… but you, you make me salivate — always and... Read More

  • We Are Nowhere and It’s Now – Bright Eyes

    January 9, 2005

    I was flipping around the channels last night and came across this beautifully tragic song on public television. Thought it was a real comment on today’s nihilism, a sort of Eliot’s Wasteland done folk-style. We Are Nowhere and It’s Now by Bright Eyes If you hate the taste of wine why do you drink it... Read More

  • Hudson Valley Barns

    August 26, 2004

    I have officially become a barn lover. I cannot drive by one without scrambling around the car for my camera. Its a curse I admit it. But I found these two beauties on the back roads of Red Hook, NY. Not 200 feet from the teal barn is another dilapidated barn the color of espresso... Read More