Month: April 2010

a recommendation…

i absolutely LOVE the “Punk Goes” series from Fearless Records

their latest compilation is “Punk Goes Classic Rock”  it is immense fun with these great “punk” bands taking on songs like Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and Kiss “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite”

here is the complete tracklist.  do yourself a favor and go pick this up as well as their “Punk Goes Pop” or “Punk Goes 80’ and 90’s”

wisdom from the Tipping Point…

i found this passage from the book very interesting.

“The mistake we make in thinking of character as something unified and all-encompassing is very similar to a kind of blind spot in the way we process information.  Psychologists call this tendency the Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE), which is a fancy way of saying that when it comes to interpreting other people’s behavior, human beings invariably make the the mistake of overestimating the importance of fundamental character traits and underestimating the importance of the situation and context.  We will always reach for a “dispositional” explanation for events, as opposed to a contextual explanation…we do this because, we are a lot more attuned to personal cues than contexual cues.  The FAE also makes the world a much simpler and more understandable place…..

Character, then, isn’t what we think it is or, rather, what we want it to be.  It isn’t a stable, easily identifiable set of closely related traits, and it only seems that way because of a glitch in the way our brains are organized.  Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstances and context.  The reason that most of us seem to have a consistent character is that most of us are really good at controlling our environment.”

so we as humans to make things easy would rather not delve into all the facts of context and situation and just go with the idea of “that’s just the way it is”  fascinating.  makes me want to take another looks at the axiom, “you can’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”

i learning that the “power of context” is HUGE.  what happens when we lose “control of our environment”?

i’m trying to write a song…

i’m trying to write a song….

maybe if i keep singing that over and over again the words and the melodies will come.  the problem is, this keeps coming back.  let me fill you in…

basically i’ve written songs for about 10 years on and off.  typically in places where i challenged myself to write.  i typically can bang out a song in a day or two which should tell you that they’re probably not very good.  i do have one song that a couple of churches sing, but i don’t know if that is indication of quality.

so songwriting is not a discipline or a hobby, it’s an on again-off again, when i feel like it or get depressed enough situation.  i write better when i’m a little sad.  i hate being sad, so often i’d rather not write.  i can write if i impose deadlines upon myself.  i need a song for a special occasion, etc.  one of my songs was actually recorded.  keep in mind i wrote that song 10 years ago.

so songwriting is my friend one day and my enemy the next.  herein lies my issue…

i have all of these ideas swirling around in my head that i absolutely cannot force out onto paper.  melodies and lyrics.  chords and transitions.  it’s all there, but it won’t make it’s way to paper.  not in finished form anyway.

so what really keeps me from writing?

i think it can be summed up in one word….FEAR!

it’s the thing that cripples me creatively.  what if someone HATES it?  or even worse, what if someone LOVES it?  what if people latch onto the songs?

all that to say that on the piano are two pieces of paper with scraps of lyrics and i recorded a scratch vocal/guitar into my iphone.  i’ve challenged myself to write 5 songs in the next 6 months.  what i’ve really challenged myself to do is write 5 GOOD songs in the next 6 months.

i’m going to try to write every day.  a poem, a blurb, a lyric.  something to get into the discipline of writing.  Jon Foreman writes a song a day.  it’s no wonder he has a wealth of material to go to when he puts together an album.

so pray for me.  i want to create….but i’m afraid.

a poem…

Depth,  Height, Width

None can separate me from Your love

These things that are finite can’t touch the infinite

That which is measurable attempting to contain that which is not

No box can hold, no chain can bind

That which is so great that my feeble brain can’t even begin to understand, feel, relate

I can only stand here and let the wave of Your grace

Overwhelm me

Consume me

Recreate and change me


by Chuck Harris

if you had one shot….

to make a record and you could have anyone play, sing on or produce that record, who would you choose?

here are my choices


1. Jack White

2. Aaron Sprinkle

3. Sir George Martin

4. Brian Eno

5. The Neptunes


1. John Mayer

2. The Edge

3. James Taylor

4. Michael Gungor


1. Abraham Laboriel

2. Flea

3. Pino Palladino

4. Victor Wooton


1. Steve Gadd

2. Rich Redmond

3. Steve Jordan

4.Dave Grohl

5. Animal from the Muppets (honorable mention)


1. Stevie Wonder

2. Matt Bellamy (could also double on guitar)

3. Chase Jenkins


1. Sara Groves

2. Marc Martel (from Downhere)

3. Leeland Mooring

4. Sandra McCracken


1. Jack White

2. Jon Foreman

3. Charlie Peacock

4. Robbie Seay

5. David Crowder

who would you pick?  just for the record, i would be perfectly happy to just record an album. so if you have a studio and want to help me improve my songs and play on my record (Robbie Seay, David Crowder)  leave a comment.

Happy San Jacinto Day!

it’s a Texas thang, you wouldn’t understand.

kudos to Emily Morgan for “distracting” Santa Ana while General Sam Houston’s forces strategically routed the Mexican army thereby insuring the creation of the Republic of Texas which eventually became the Great State of Texas which I believe is the greatest State of all.

something that really ticks me off…

is when there are two lanes of traffic that move down to one.  everyone has ample warning, there are signs and everything.  we all move over, but some jerkface in a luxury sedan or some soccer mom in a high dollar SUV just stays in the closing lane and then expects everyone to let them in at the last possible second.  HELLO MORON, THAT’S THE REASON TRAFFIC IS SLOWING DOWN!  IF YOU WOULD MOVE OVER WHEN YOU SAW THE SIGN, WE COULD ALL KEEP THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC GOING, BUT SINCE YOU ARE “BETTER THAN ALL OF US” I GUESS WE HAVE TO  LET YOU IN!

i’m serious. it makes me road rage/red faced angry.  it makes me want to say wirty dords.  and that is the case.  they cut because they feel they are, or where they have to be is more important than everyone else.  we really don’t have traffic problems in Lufkin (only around the middle school), but just today i was leaving a space for another car in the oncoming lane to turn, and an Escalade went around me and filled the space.  i was like you are kidding me.  if my kids hadn’t been with me, i may have been tempted to show them the middle finger of fellowship, but i didn’t.

and we wonder why kids push each other for places in line.  you only have to watch the car pick up line after school.  our children come by the me first mentality honestly because they see it every day.  entitlement and selfishness are learned traits.

now the real question, does it tick me off because i’m righteously indignant, i hate what i see in myself, or i’m jealous that they keep cutting and we keep letting them?