really 0:18 on May 1st right now, but this entry is about the
30th, so I'll leave it on the 30th.
final week of school has now arrived here at the college. Some
students are busy writing papers and studying for their last
test, and others are aimlessly wandering through the halls drinking
mountain dew and playing mario carts at randomly spaced televisions.
And then, there's the music majors... we just finished six concerts
this week (tuesday - Kim' Piano Recital, Wednesday - Ben's Trumpet
Recital, Thursday - Hart High Chorale Festival, Friday - Women's
Chamber Choir, Saturday - Sergey's Composition Recital, Today
- Hanbells...) and now we're looking forward to another six (at
least I don't think there's one tomorrow). Ah for the
life of a music major - the vocalists are desparately trying
to memorize songs in languages they don't speak. The pianists
are trying to learn the music the vocalists forgot to give them
till two days ago and the instrumentalists are observing all
with a distant somewhat removed stare that seems to say, "I'm
not really sure where my flute went but if anyone finds it I'm
going to start hitting random friends with it." To the soundtrack
of the first movement of the Chichester Psalms of course. (I
never did tell Dr. Plew this last Spring but semi A-Tonal music
makes me want to run around in a clown costume and hit string
players on the head with a oversized baloon in the shape of a
hammer. You know, the things younger cousins win at the arcades
in Sea World and bop you with all day.)
I enjoy making lists (and random attempts at humor) I might as
well list out what I plan on finishing this week. Actually, I
think I'll go to bed instead.
got four points of interest in this entry. The first two are
updates on what I've been up to, the second is an update on what
happened at Hart High the day after we sang, and the fourth is
an exciting news story.
was Sergey's recital. He writes wonderful music and I appreciate
that it is well written so that you can sing it easily and yet
it is beautiful and intricate. A mistake many people make is
to assume that difficult music takes more skill to write. Actually,
it is more difficult to write a piece that is easy for the performer
yet sounds complex and impressive. But yes, someone who has mastered
writing good music that is simple can then create even greater
music that is difficult for the performer. Sergey had a mix of
both simple and complex with his piano pieces being more difficult
than his vocal pieces. I greatly enjoyed his recital in which
I sang two quartet numbers, two choir numbers and ran video as
finished the business cards for DigitalVideoSlideshows.com a
couple days ago. I'm having 500 made but as well I'm hoping to
distribute it through email as well. Here it is!
Hart High, please pray for them and all of our nations High School
kids, especially this coming monday. (The date that is supposed
to be a walk out to honor illegal immigrants.) There was a fight
over at Hart that resulted in canceling of later classes, the
arrests of several students and a whole lot of cop cars as well
as a helicopter. Amazingly no one was killed or even injured
seriously. This came on Friday, the day after the Chorale Festival
so it was of particular meaning to me - as I had just seen the
Hart chorale sing.
friends of mine David and Melody are at the front of a much needed
tutoring ministry over at Hart. Please be in prayer for them.
David mentioned that they need prayer for the wisdom of Colossians
4:5-6 which says, "Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders,
making the best use of your time. Let your speech always be gracious,
seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer each person." They're
over there to tutor and help along kids academically but their
heart is to see those kids find eternal safety and knowledge
in Jesus Christ.
I promised an exciting news story so here it is.
many years now, since the beginning of satellite and imagery
and even going back to the first US Bomber that flew over a mountain
of about 17,000 ft located in one of the most politically volatile
spots (specifically - in the nation of Turkey) there have been
pictures of a ship-like structure. It's not new news to me but
the headlines are beginning to read "Noah's Ark Found".
The CIA and others have possessed such images for awhile but
new images have come in from a commercial satellite company -
the story is much more interesting but I'll let you read and
watch it (I recommend you watch the video on Fox News) from the
links at the end of this update.
like to make one comment first. The timing here is amazing -
just as a movie is being made from a Fiction Novel by
the name of The Da Vinci code hard evidence is coming in for
the truth of the Bible. (The dimensions of the object line up
with those of the ark described in the bible.) But if the Ark
is unveiled before the eyes of the world will this cause them
to repent? The answer is alluded to in the story of Lazarus the
poor man -
he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from
the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not
hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced
if someone should rise from the dead.'" (Luke 16:30-31
if the Ark were to fall into their backyard people would still
have reasons not to believe. This spirit of rejection is shown
in the excitement over the Da Vinci Code. People say, "It
could be true" ignoring that the book is fiction (and
recent popular fiction), never makes the claim to be
fact (other than starting with a facts page that lets us know
that the organizations involved really exist. Flying gravy cakes
and purple cows (not necessarily in that order) just because
there are societies that exist to protect the earth from alien
invasion doesn't mean when I read a science fiction novel that
cites them I read it as fact. I could write you a novel that
contains the Flat Earth Society if you want?) The supporters
of Dan Brown would do good to take someone other than a mortal
fiction novelist for their prophet and they would be wise to
come forward with a Holy Book of more substance than a Fiction
Novel. It's not very hard to define whatever you want as truth
in a fantasy world, but that doesn't make it truth in the real
those links on the Ark
chorale sang at Hart High School today for a choral festival.
It reminded me of youth chorale watching and listening to the
other choirs. Some of them were even Junior High Choirs- they
looked so young...
was a wonderful opportunity for us as Christians to be a testimony
in front of so many young high school and junior high students.
I got some opportunities to talk with students afterwards and
I would appreciate your prayers for those who we talked to.
wish we could sing more often at schools. It's so wonderful to
be able to share music with them, and even more wonderful to
have such great opportunites for conversation afterwards.
am currently on a bus bound for the college, at least I was at
the time I wrote this sentance. At the time I post this I will
most likely be sitting in my dorm roomat college. We had a great
concert at Bethel Baptist, the last concert at a church this
the year. It's been a great experience being in the chorale this
year. Not only have I really enjoyed it but we've been working
on some very challenging pieces that have helped to benefit my
musical abilities. The best part of chorale though is the opportunities
for ministry that we have. One of the men I talked with had seen
our concert at Forest Lawn with Collegiate on Thursday. It was
very encouraging to hear that he had been able to bring two of
his friends who were Catholic. He talks with them often about
the gospel but this gave him another opportunity that was somewhat
worked on Critical Thinking this morning. I no longer feel a
suddend urge to solve that problem. (The one I posted on my last
update). I managed to get a decent amount of the homework
done and I'm planning on taking the test for this section on
practice went well today but I actually spent 3 hours singing
in friends choirs for compositions recitals. Sergei's recital
is next Saturday and so we rehearsed two pieces that he wrote.
They were both very beautiful and tonal and I enjoyed them greatly.
Jason's piece is starting the composition recital in a couple
weeks and is not quite as tonal... Actually I enjoyed the challenge
it presented and it is well put together. He set the text of
Psalm 46 to music and the music reflects the words in an original
manner but well.
Sectionals went well yesterday. The tenors got alot or work done...
of course the Basses spent the time singing smultzy Christmas
Carols to the Sopranos and Altos. Actually they sang a parody
of Jingle bells to us too. It was quite hilarious and sounded
rather familiar to the ol' Batman version, "Jingle Bells, Insert
name of Tenor smells..."
- Despite the descriptions of hilarious and somewhat goofy behavior
the author makes no claims regarding the Basses work ethic, ...he
merely notes that the Tenors were in fact in the process of studiously
studying a Bach Motet when the Basses interrupted them with out
of season holiday pop tunes.
was a gorgious day here with blue skies (although I wouldn't
have minded a few clouds) and plenty of sunlight. You could tell
that the winter season is officially over here at the college.
People actually started wearing shorts and t-shirts today. If
you were wearing a sweatshirt people looked at you funny (I wasn't
wearing a sweatshirt) but people look at me funny anyway... just
took Joel and Rachel's engagement photos today and it went splendidly.
I'm loading them onto the computer right now and getting ready
to sort through them. It's hard to believe that there are only
2.2 actual school weeks left this semester! I think that Critical
Thinking homework is getting to my head.
train leaves Honalulu, Hawai at 5:37 pm traveling at 347 miles
per hour toward Chicago. A train leaves Chicago at 6:11 pm traveling
at 200 miles per hour toward Honalulu. The train track is 789.3
miles long and railroad ties are spaced every 3.7689 feet. How
many railroad ties do the trains cross before they collide?
(P.S. This is a nerd test, if you figure out the answer to this
question it means you are a nerd. But that is a good thing, or
at least that's what people will tell you. Oh great...I'm begining
to feel a sudden urge to solve this problem.)
bible study leader and his wife, Rick & Erin Zamen, are at
the hospital tonight... because she's ready to deliver her baby!
You can be in prayer for them at this exciting time, this will
be their first child.
I'm taking engagment pictures for Joel and Rachel, they're getting
married this June! I'm looking forward to that, getting my camera
charged up and my memory cards emptied and ready to go. Plus
I'll get to use my reflector for real for the first time!
posted a link for my new website on the front page. It's www.DigitalVideoSlideshows.com Let
me know if you have any comments on how it looks or what it might
be missing. It is a work in progress of course, so I know that
some pages are blank and such... but typos and first impressions
are always good. It's still in progress but I guess this would
be the official launch. Break out the sparkling cider.
working on an idea for a new blend of two rather different musical
genres with a buddy up here. If it works out I'll be sure and
post more later.
2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the
excellence of the power may be of Christ and not us"
case you missed April 16th's update it's in the April
Archives section. It was about Forest Lawn and the Recording
so I'd suggest checking it out. I'm planning on updating much
more frequently from now on, maybe every day.
was a fairly uneventful monday. Actually, it contained many events,
they were just ordinary events rather than out of the ordinary
events. So today was a fairly uneventfuloutoftheordinary events
monday. Collegiate Singers had it's last meeting today since
we've performed our concerts. We mostly clapped for people who
needed clapping and acknowledged people who needed acknowledging
and patted our friends on the back. It was a like a short wedding
reception with no beverages or Hours' de Ouvre (I really like
that word) and when you toated people you didn't hold up a glass,
and their wasn't any bride and groom either... although there
are plenty of soon to be bride and grooms in collegiate, and
several soon to be soon to be bride and grooms. (Yes it's that
time of year here at the college) I'll miss singing on monday
nights and I there's a chance I might miss singing at the occasional
10:00-11:30pm rehearsal on tuesday and thursdays. But it's great
to have accomplished two concerts which went very well.
wise, pardon me, Academically articulating I procured through
my own manual formation of letters and mental thought a completed
Critical Thinking Test. Just 3 to go to finish my Directed Studies
Course. One of the assigments for the intro was to find some
verses that dealt with "Critical Thinking" in the Bible.
I thought I might share some of the verses I found listed under
'Critical Thinking" the website www.rationalchristianity.net. (This
doesn't necessarily mean I'm an evidentialist...
14:15 "The naive believes everything, But the sensible man
considers his steps." (NAS)
John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits
to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets
have gone out into the world. (NAS)
there we have it - Biblical proof that we shouldn't be stupid.
to do some more Critical Thinking homework. I just finished listening
to Kenny G's "Auld Lang Syne (The Millenial Edition)",
and it brought back memories of the turn of the millenium. Off
to homework, and then I'm watching "Walk the Line" with
Danny and maybe some other guys. (This will be the first movie
I've ever watched other than "Lord of the Beans" in
the college dorms without the occasion of a end of semester party
or a paper on Gershwin. Hmmm...
recording with the chorale and orchestra was a great experience
for us students. We recorded on the Newman Scoring Stage in Fox
Studios. Dr. Opfer and the orchestra recorded the 27min score first
from 6:00pm till about 9:30 and then the chorale recorded our short
vocal cues and the Hallelujiah chorus under the direction of Dr.
Brandenstein. In order to record over the orchestra the chorale
wore headphones and Dr. Brandenstein watched a video monitor so
that he could mirror Dr. Opfer's beat while giving cues and dynamics
specific to the choir.
Bolt, one of the head guys at the Sony Sound Stage, is not only
greatly responsible for giving us the opportunity to record on
the Newman Scoring Stage but is also a dedicated Christian witness
in Hollywood. You can pray that the testimony our attitudes had
before the sound techies and engineers will benifit him in his
The Forest Lawn Concerts were held Wednesday and Thursday under the baton of
Chris Fritzat the Hall of the Crucifixion and Resurrection in Forest Lawn.
For our master work we performed exerpts from the Resurrection Portion of Handel's
Messiah. The chorale gave a prelude of a couple pieces including Bruckner's "Christus
Factus Est" (Christ for us became obediant) only in set in a new english
edition by Dr. Brandenstein. Then, at the end of the concert we performed "Man
of Sorrows" a roaring orchestra piece with John Martin as the soloist
and the Lord's Prayer.
John had to come later to our rehearsal on tuesday Chris Fritz
used me as a rehearsal soloist then and on wednesday. It was
really fun, and this might sound odd, but I love the rush you
get when you have to sight read a solo in front of a whole choir
and orchestra. You either do it or you crash and burn. I really
like life and death situations like that... when they don't actually
deal with life and death.
Lawn Soundtrack Premier
Premier of the soundtrack for the paintings (Crucifixion 195'
x 45' by Jan Styka in 1897 and The Resurrection 70' x
51' by Robert Clark) was performed by us Friday. It was wonderful
to see the restored paintings revealed (though we looked at them
before because we were singing while they were unveiled) but it
was even more wonderful to hear the gospel presented in the new
narration and soundtrack.
new narration was written by Tim Kirk and the Score was composed
by Dr. Stephen Johnson and Corb Felgenhour. Lisa Frieman narrated
and the actors Dave Hoffman, Peter Jessop and Kevin Brief provided
the voices of the characters within the narration. The finished
product will hopefully be timless enough to last Forest Lawn
for many years... I'm looking forward to taking a trip down to
Forest Lawn with some friends to hear the new narration and soundtrack,
with full sound effects.
premier itself was quite and event with the grandson of Jan Styka
present as well as the Polish Embassate (Jan Styka was a Polish
artist) and your normal assortment of Mayors, Senators and the
like. The Hours' de Ouvres were great too!
friend of mine from college, Steve Folden, came to my house this
weekend and accompanied me on a couple of songs at Westview
Bible Church. We had a great time of fellowship with everyone
there. We performed 'How Deep The Father's Love For Us" and
a David Meece piece that I always forget the title of. (I remember
the lyrics though, they go - Put your sadness away, Wipe the Tears
from your face, It's a day for rejoicing (If I write anymore I'll
be in copyright violation)) I'm hoping that there will be more
opportunites for me to minister at churches with music.
been thinking alot within the past few days about God's blessings
on us. Music is a place where many people are gifted by God with
talents as well as opportunities to develop skills. What I'm
most thankful for however is not the voice God has given me but
Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. All the talent in the
world would be worthless if Christ hadn't died for my sins.
A lot has happened since I last wrote. The Chorale went to the
20th Century Fox sound stage. We performed at Placerita Baptist
and had a wonderful chorale social at Dr. Brandenstein's house
afterwards. The ASB elections are over...
won the ASB elections! We, his campaign committee, wore
our stickers proudly, posted posters and used peer pressure to
I just say that? Actually it was a great experience to be able
to practice campaining. People like to say that a school election
is nothing like a political campaign...but sadly, they're very
similar. The reasons people vote for people... Ahhhh! (If your
wanting more proof for the two elections being similar you do
not make up the majority of the voting populous of our nation.
Of course, none of us make up the majority... I wonder how many
people you would have to be to make up the majority.)
a friend of Randy and I, (and the current ASB president : ) designed
the website for Randy (and might I add he did a great job, be
sure and check out some of his other work at evercor.com) and
I took the publicity shots (ie. the photos) you see on the
site. Oh boy was it fun copying all the famous
you see politicians in... some of the shots even bare a haunting
resemblence to shots on our Master's Course Catalogs. You can
check it out at RandyForPresident.com
all the fun of campaining I spent most of the week thinking I
was going to have several massive tests and asignments due the
day after the elections, and thus spending a great amount of
time on my school work. (A novel thing to do.) Our teachers graciously
extended our deadlines because of Forest Lawn and so now as I'm
writing this I'm thinking I'm going to have several massive tests
and assignments due the day after tomorrow. Of course if there's
another ice age and a glacier parks itself in front of C-Dub
dorm... (the movie...) You know, William Zinzer says if you have
to explain a joke you probably shouldn't put it down in writing,
at least he says something vagualy along those lines. But since
the internet is ruining the english language currently I will
assert my modernity by including that ...joke, and not spell
checking this entry.
to where I was about campaining. Despite all the fun I realized
that it is quite a blessing to be on a school campus where although
we campaign for one student we know that both of them love the
Lord and would make great ASB Presidents. I mean, some college's
we would be choosing between the girl who burned down the cafateria
and biology lab (which really shouldn't be associated together
in the same sentance) in the name of animal rights and the guy
who sounds really calm when he speaks because he smokes an odd
substance all day.
if you made it through all that...
really should be going to bed now, so I'll talk about recording
in 20th Century, which is probably more interesting than all
of that above, Later - but soon. I can't believe I can actually
wait to talk about that. Wow, what patience and character I am
demonstrating. (small print - the following was
meant to be a joke and is not an actual gurantee of quality.
Consult your bible before making character judgments based on
sentances found in online journals or blogs. Side effects may
include sarcasm, irony, or abstract disconnection from reality
or similar timelines.)
our house would sell in California so my parents can better minister
White Fields in
History Exam 12:45 April 4th
Computers in Music Exam 9:30 April 4th
Book Report for Vocal Pedagogy due April 7th