Friday, February 29, 2008

Larry Norman has left this planet...

If you don't know who Larry Norman is, you should. It was Larry Norman who created what became known as Christian Rock, and opened the door for what eventually became the contemporary Christian music scene. He sang Christian lyrics over blues riffs and rock licks before almost anyone.

He was decried as non-Christian by the mainstream church and a Jesus Freak by the secular music scene.

Larry's lyrics at a glance seemed irreverent to some, but his love of God was intense and his music was more honest and real than any ten of today's top Christian recording artists.

"They nailed Him to the cross
and they laid Him in the ground,
but they shoulda known you can't keep a good man down."

That was Larry. He also wrote a song that made it's way into some Church hymals. Many might be surprised to find that the writer of "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" was a long-haired rocker who crooned about the devil having all the good music.

He touched the lives of many of the major rock personalites of the 60s and 70s. It was at a Bible study in Larry's kitchen that Bob Dylan had his brush with Christianity which produced a few albums with Christian content.

Larry's vocals could be harsh and sometimes nasally so, he wasn't really cut out for radio airplay, but much like his friend Bobby, he could craft words into a precision instrument that would cause a listener to erupt in laughter while listening to one track and shed tears upon listening to the next.

Larry Norman was a huge influence on me and showed me that there is more to being a Christian than looking the part and spouting the latest Christianese jargon. He didn't really fit in here on earth with the sinners or with the saints, but according to his own lyrics penned over 25 years ago, he was "only visiting this planet" anyway.

Larry Norman passed away a few days ago after a long term bout with heart problems. He was 61.

He has moved on to a realm where he fits in perfectly.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Chip off the ol' block...

So, after church today we ran over to a little comics shop that we seldom frequent. I'm looking for back issues of Marvel's run of G.I. Joe and I was hoping they might have a few I'm looking for. The name of the store is Y2 KOMICS.

We had just parked the car and were getting out when, with only a casual glance, my youngest son misread the block letters on the building's facade and said, "What's YOKO Comics?"

Without missing a beat, his older brother knowingly replied, "I wouldn't want to go to a store called YOKO Comics...That's the comic shop that broke up the other comic shops."

Caught me completely offguard...

Friday, February 22, 2008

I hate politics, but...

This video clip just blew me away and I had to share.

Saturday, February 09, 2008


I've blogged even less than usual lately it seems. Why? Well, I've been experimenting with Youtube and viral video as a promotional tool.

Here's the URL to a video I recently did. It's been viewed over 15,000 time since it was made public 2 days ago. That's nuts!

Video is VERY time consuming. I find I spend about 8 hours for 30 seconds of run time depending on the complexity.

It's a fun exercise and one I hope to continue as time allows.