Thursday, February 24, 2005

Everything old is...well...it's still old, but kinda new, too.

Okay -- I have been on a MAJOR nostalgia kick as of late.

I think it all started this past Sunday. See, after filling out my tax forms (along with the requisite weepeing and gnashing of teeth), I decided to arrange my CD collection. The CD collection that had gotten rather mucked up after an entire semester of me just pulling CD's out to take to work or the car to listen to, and then my neglecting to return them to their appropriate place.

I also blame my current reading of The Art of Being as part of my looking upwards and thinking "Wow -- whatever DID happen to XXX singer?"

This has culminated with me sitting at work listening to Tonio K's Notes from the Lost Civilizaton, one of only about six albums ever released on the What? Record label (Word Records' ill-fated attempt to be cutting edge...in 1986), and one of my favorite albums of my high school days. Mostly because I couldn't quite figure out why the hell I thought this album was so cool -- it just WAS! Oh, to be sure, there are still CD's from this era in my life that matter more to me than I can express: Sam/Leslie Phillips' The Turning; Russ Taff's self-titled album; and anything ever recorded by the choir (including the CD from where the name o' my page stems from).

By the way -- the choir has a new CD coming out soon. It's official. I am so old that everything *I* enjoyed as a child or in my teens is coming back in vogue. Seriously! There are -- sadly/frighteningly -- new CD's out from David Meece, Petra, and Ashley Cleveland. If or when DeGarmo & Key or freakin' Crumbacher decide to have a reunion tour...please shoot me.]

[Hey, Wooley -- feelin' old yet?]

Now, all of this has traipsing down memory lane has led me to find what is quite possibly one of the neatest -- and scariest -- albums I have encountered in some time. A tribute album. Now, in my musical experiences, there have been some hits, and some really bad misses. This one?

It's called Full Circle, and it's a 20-year retrospective on the career of one Charlie Peacock. Not too bad, except I remember buying his debut cassette.

Urgh.

-- of course, the album does off a who's who (of sorts) of excellent musicians: Jimmy Abegg; Brent Bourgeois; BELA FREAKIN' FLECK (who plays a duet with Phil Keaggy); Sara Groves; Out of the Grey; Mike Roe (of 77's fame); Sixpence None the Richer; STEVE FREAKIN' TAYLOR...

Hoo. Pass the Geritol. I gots ta start dancin'.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

This is what I get for being introspective...

Okay -- so, most of you have probably seen a sunrise or two in your time. Heaven knows that I have seen more than my fair share of them due to work (or some small fuzzy critter jumping on me and rousing me from my slumber so they can "go potty"). I'd love to be able to just wake up on occassion, sit outside with a cup o' joe, and watch nature.

Kinda like I did this morning. Minus that whole "sitting outside with coffee" deal -- mostly due to the fact my patio was still waterlogged from the thunderstorms and hailstorms last night.

Anyway...

While walking the aforementioned fuzzy critters this morning, I saw the sunrise. Through zero-visability fog. Yeah, see, the fog is so thick this morning here in Athens that we've got zero-visability (which makes driving to work fun, let me tell you).

If you've ever experienced fog...if you've ever experienced a sunrise...try combining the two. "Visual majesty" does not even begin to be able to describe it. Like I told someone not too long ago, it's very odd of me to think of God as an artist. Creator, yes. But artist? Most of the artists I know are temperamental, and more than a little self-centered (oh, please -- like WE can deny that).

This morning was yet another example of how this God fellow does good work. I like His stuff. I'd recommned that he publish his best works, but it appears that He already has...

******

If you're looking for something to read that will change your life, go get a copy of The Art of Being, edited by Constance Rhodes. There are a NUMBER of you people reading this blog-thing that will recognize the names of a lot of the contributors to this tome.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

GEEKS ONLY: Crisis II a-coming?

First came IDENTITY CRISIS. Next comes DC COUNTDOWN. And, as stolen from www.geoffjohns.com:

1. Donna Troy died.
2. The return/arrival of: a "new" Supergirl, the original Hourman and Hal Jordan as Green Lantern.
3. A new Firestorm, "death" of Ronnie Raymond.
4. A new 7 Soldiers re-imagined by Grant Morrison.
5. War Games in the Bat books that broke up the Bat-crew and put an end finally to the "Batman is only an Urban Legend" nonsense. Batgirl and Robin in Bludhaven, Oracle and Black Canary and Huntress take to the skies, Nightwing -- Dick Grayson -- is largely MIA and Batman largely alone in Gotham with the GCPD against him.
6. Re-booted Legion of Super-Heroes.
7. Re-booted Doom Patrol with the original DPers.
8. Murder of Sue Dibney, secret about the Power Pact and the brainwashing comes out, Robin's father dies, Captain Boomerang dies and is replaced by his son, Jean Loring is a murderer, the heroes don't know who to trust.
9. Wonder Woman is blinded.
10. Many of Hawkman's arch-enemies are coming out of the woodwork.
11. Black Adam has taken over his native country of Khandaq as dictator aided by Atom Smasher, Northwind and the Feitherans.
12. Aquaman is still banished from Atlantis, half the city of San Diego falls into the sea in an incident manufactured by an unknown cabal and the surviving Sub-Diegans turned into water-breathers who die on land (except for Lorena/Aquagirl).
13. Mia becomes Speedy and is diagonosed with HIV.
14. Adam Strange "loses" his wife and all the other stuff going on his book.
15. Hawkwoman (Shayera Thal) re-appeared briefly in Hawkman but then returned to Thanganar ( in time for the Rann/Thanganar War? )
16. The CSA of Earth-2 return.
17. The mention of a Jim Corrigan in Gotham Central, and the fact that he's a crooked cop.
18. Mr. Mxyltpyx mentioning of a crisis soon.
19. In the "Titan's Tomorrow" (10 years into the future) storyline there is talk of a Crisis.

...looks interesting...