Shark Week & Other News
—– Would Jesus listen to Jazz? A Colorado pastor and Jazz musician states some comparisons detailing the technique, practice, and improvisation of both Christianity and Jazz. This is really more of an advertisement for Denver Theological Seminary, but you can check it out here.
—– Carlos Tevez, an Argentine soccer player for Manchester City (in England) is seeking a transfer. He has cited problems over contract negotiations and his failure to learn and adapt to the culture and language. Ironically, he appeared on a prominent Argentine show and The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” was right on cue as he entered the room for the TV interview. The Beatles have conquered even Argentina, and they apparently don’t care to want to understand the lyrics. As we move the Gospel of Christ in the form of missionaries to new and previously restricted areas, what will be the next country for Southern Gospel music to conquer? Ireland? South Africa? Kentucky?
—– I was recently looking at the liner notes for The Talleys “Typical Day” album and noticed that Bela Fleck had played the banjo on the recording. If you’re not familiar with Bela Fleck, he gained popularity playing New Grass Revival (this is worth the watch), who had songs made more popular by Garth Brooks (they also recorded “Let’s Make A Baby King”, recorded by other country and southern gospel artists). He later founded Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (also containing one of the best bassists in music), known for their innovative fusion of bluegrass, folk, and jazz. He’s played for Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morrisette, and others. When it comes to a banjo, Fleck may be one of the best ever. It spawned this thought, “what other notable and world-wide secular musicians have played on other Southern Gospel recordings outside of Country music? I know it happens often in CCM. Maybe the ticket proceeds from the FNR Awards can cover Fleck playing on next year’s McKamey’s album, which I will gladly contribute.
***Side note: New Grass Revival’s last original studio project was entitled “Friday Night in America by New Grass Revival”. Connect the dots and you’ll find my inspiration for the title of this blog.
—– To my non-Christian friends, I’m viewed as a Biblical Fundamentalist. In Christian denominational structures, I’m probably close to a fundamentalist, but not quite. I believe it all to be broadly and (sometimes) inaccurate jargon anyways. But regardless of your affiliation. Reading this ignited my thoughts and appreciation for the fundamentalist view that I’ve always had, but never put in words. I realize I’m more of a “fundamentalist” than I originally thought, at least to the secular world. In the midst of our theological differences or how you coin “fundamentalist” from the word it defines, tries to define, or what we have replaced it to define, many of us can rest in these facts without much debate.
—– In 1986, Shark Week was established by the powers that be (Discovery Channel I think) with the intention that the world could be educated that they’re not just killing machines with killer instincts. It quickly became one of my favorite TV pastimes of the summer. Furthermore, my athletic feats on the basketball court and football fields enhanced my own personal, Killer Instinct, and in many areas of the region I was dubbed “The Shark” (which was really a joke from another Ohio State athlete with the same name). So to prepare you guys for the ultimate Shark Week experience I will be listing a name from Facebook in which all my readers will add he or she as a friend. It will be very amusing to picture his notifications blowing up from a bunch of my readers in 1 day requesting to be his/her friend. This is called a Shark Attack. So first up…former Kingsmen musician, Gary Dillard. Remember…this is all in fun. Here’s his facebook link. Let the Shark Attack begin.
—– BTW, I should have part II in the Project Debut series up by Saturday morning, maybe earlier.