Well, there’s something you don’t see every day

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen an entire church moving down the road. Put your hands down; I don’t mean the whole congregation cruising caravan-style. I’m talking about the entire church building.
Well, thanks to the technological miracles of time-lapse photography and YouTube, now you can say you have:

A wave of the phin to Dethroner, and I have to agree with Joel that the video’s soundtrack totally makes it.

Recent additions to ye olde iTunes library

You’ll almost forget it was a Cyndi Lauper song

I am mesmerized by Greg Laswell’s version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (iTunes Store link). (And my thanks to my wife for the iTunes gift card!)

Today’s Shuffle

I haven’t done this in a while, so here are the first ten songs played in shuffle mode today.
1. “Suspicious Minds” – Elvis Presley, Elvis 30 #1 Hits
2. “It’s Over” – The Goo Goo Dolls, Gutterflower
3. “Hollyann” – Boston, Third Stage
4. “Tell The World” – Ratt, Ratt & Roll 81-91
5. “Road of the Righteous” – Dropkick Murphys, The Singles Collection
6. “Million Dollar Man” – Kutless, Hearts Of The Innocent
7. “Take California” – Propellerheads, Decksandrumsandrockandroll
8. “Forever” – Chris Tomlin, I Could Sing of Your Love Forever 2 (Studio Disc)
9. “A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash, Complete Live At San Quentin
10. “You’re Not Alone” – Amy Grant, Heart in Motion
Bonus song
11. “Further On Up The Road” – Johnny Cash, American V: A Hundred Highways
As usual, individual songs link to the iTunes Store, where as albums link on Amazon.

A buggy musical

If you’ve ever wondered what Panic co-founder Cabel Sasser sounds like when he’s singing, you can find out from viewing the hilarious Buggy Saints Row: The Musical. (Caution: Some adult language in the songs.)
[Wave of the phin to John.]

O Holy Night

A little while ago, I finished watching “The Christmas Show” episode of Studio 60. The show closes with an awesome performance by New Orleans musicians who are supported by the Tipitina’s Foundation. The group performs one of my favorite Christmas songs, “O Holy Night”, and you can still snag a MP3 from Studio 60’s music page.

Derek Webb

On September 25th this year, our church hosted a concert by Derek Webb, of Caedmon’s Call fame, along with his wife, Sandra McCracken.

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Derek Webb, accompanied by his wife, Sandra McCracken.

I had a good seat (thanks, Samantha!), and took a few shots of the couple as they performed, plus of the good-sized crowd before the concert, and in between sets.
Beyond his lyrical abilities, one of the things I admire about Derek is his desire to simply get the message of God’s love out there. At one point during his set, he remarked how he was going to freak out all the lawyers and record executives by telling all of us to share his music with whomever we wanted to. Earlier this year, he had even gone so far as to put his latest album, Mockingbird, online as a free download. He says it was a very successful experiment.

There should be a law

I came away from my wife’s company’s Christmas “holiday” party Thursday night with this thought: There should be a law against skinny blonde white women singing “Respect“.
The more I think about it, there should be a law against anyone singing “Respect” except Aretha. Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.

Don’t Change

I’m not sure what external or internal stimuli prompted it, but “Don’t Change” (iTunes Store link) by INXS popped in to my head about an hour ago. I’ve been listening to it repeatedly since.
The last time I heard this song was when I took my beloved to the INXS concert in July. The band closed the encore with it.

Yesterday’s shuffle first ten

Kicked on ye olde iTunes in shuffle mode yesterday morning, to give myself some background music while I commenced writing this year’s novel. What’s funny is that I had earlier finished the chapter on the beauty and apparent oddities of the iPod’s shuffle mode in Steven Levy’s The Perfect Thing, his book devoted to the little white wonder from Apple.
Part of the chapter was devoted to the randomness of shuffle mode, the mathematics behind it, and how when true randomness is really at work, we begin to believe it’s not really so random at all. Like say when people notice their iPod–and here I’ll also throw in the iTunes application itself–seemingly playing a lot of the same type of music in a row. Such it was this morning, when I had an all-mellow mix.
As before, songs are linked to the iTunes Store, albums to Amazon.
1. “Never Say Goodbye” – Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
2. “September Skies” – The Brian Setzer Orchestra – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
3. “Yellow Ledbetter” – Pearl Jam – Jeremy
4. “Flesh for Fantasy” – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits
5. “DJ Culture” – Pet Shop Boys – Discography
6. “If I Leave This World Tomorrow” – Glenn Kaiser – Spontaneous Combustion (I’ve always loved Kaiser’s voice, and think his blues work is so much better than when he fronted Resurrection Band/Rez)
7. “Understand Your Man” – Johnny Cash – Unearthed, Vol. 1 – Who’s Gonna Cry
8. “Last In Love” – George Strait – Pure Country
9. “Your Presence” – By the Tree – These Days
10. “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I” – Elvis Presley – Elvis 30 #1 Hits
and a bonus, because I like the song so much:
11. “Loved and Forgiven” – Lost Dogs – Gift Horse