30 March 2008

The Just War Theory and Ron Paul

I have to tell you that I am not sure who to vote for in the upcoming election. Today, I wanted to look on youtube and see if there were any videos on the Just War Theory... this came up, and I have to tell you that this guy has something to say that we need to listen to...

Why are the Beatles the greatest rock band ever? #3: Feedback

Feedback has become one of the most commonly used techniques in music in many genres, but it was not always that way. Feedback nowadays is so common that it doesn't even sound strange, but it used to be a very grating sound to listen to.

Where did it start? You know it... The Beatles. They had played around with it, but had never been able to make it work... then one day at a break in rehearsal, one of the Beatles set his guitar next to an amplifier that was still turned on... as they walked away, there was a tremendous vibration off of one of the strings, and using feedback in music was born.

Even though it is simple compared to the complex uses it has today, you can see John Lennon in this video purposely causing feedback on his guitar to start the song, "I Feel Fine."

Dith Pran discusses his illness two weeks before he dies

This video was taken two weeks ago. Dith Pran died today.

`Killing Fields' survivor Dith Pran dies

Dith Pran, the Cambodian reporter that was a translator for journalists in Cambodia during the volatile 1970's has died at the age of 65. Pran was the true life subject of the movie The Killing Fields, which brought attention to the holocaust of the Cambodian people under the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). I did not know this, but apparently it was Dith Pran that coined the term 'killing fields' that became the name of the mass graves outside of Phnom Penh, as well as throughout the country. Read an article here... , and you can view a trailer for the movie here...

Haing S. Ngor, another Cambodian refugee who fled the executions of the Khmer Rouge, played Dith Pran in the movie. Ngor won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in a movie in 1984. Unfortunately, he was killed in Los Angeles in 1996 by three Asian gang members.

24 March 2008

Neil Aspinall dies at age 66

Neil Aspinall, the original road manager for the Beatles, died of cancer yesterday. He became the business brains behind the Apple Corps, Ltd, the Beatles business for the last 30 plus years since the break up of the band. He was the one that originally conceived of the very successful and popular Anthology discs that were issued in 1995. Here is an article about his death.

My trip to the US March/April 08

Here are some pics from my first week back in the US... I'll be here another two weeks before going back to Cambodia. Here are some pics with friends, a snow storm and Easter dinner at my brother's new house.

19 March 2008

Just let me know if you hear any wrong notes...

Art Tatum is one of the geniuses of jazz piano... completely blind in one eye and only being able to see a tiny amount (mostly dark and light) in the other eye, he set the standard for jazz piano that may have only been challenged by the late Oscar Peterson... just let me know if you hear any wrong notes...

The Gospel in 6 Minutes

Whether you have been a Christian for 20 years, or you have no interest in Jesus, I encourage you to watch this.

18 March 2008

Take the "A" Train by Duke Ellington

In 1941, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn wrote one of the most popular jazz standards, 'Take the "A" Train'. In this video, an older Ellington leads the band from the piano. A great trumpet solo is performed by Ray Nance...

17 March 2008

Why are the Beatles the greatest rock band ever? #2: Stadium Concerts

On August 15, 1965 the Beatles put on the first-ever concert in a stadium. The venue was Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets. And the rest is history... SO many groups have followed in their footsteps by putting on concerts in stadiums... In the first concert 55,600 fans came. The concert took in $304,000 (which in 1965 was not a small fortune) and the Beatles themselves took in a then-record profit of $160,000. More groundbreaking things to come...

Phnom Penh Street Scenes

I took most of these pictures in about twn minutes, just to give you an idea of how common it is to see these things.... enjoy, and maybe even have a good chuckle...

Hard to know...

Hard to know if anyone would even care, but I did update the PaulMcCartney.com link and the put a new David Suchet link that is better than the previous one in the sidebar...

Back in Black

I have searched forever for a webskin that I like for my blog, and I really wish that I had the know-how to create my own, and so, after tiring of the previous green one, I have decided to go back to the one that I started with...

16 March 2008

Why are the Beatles the greatest rock band ever? #1: Music Videos

For a long time, I have considered making a series of blog postings about why the Beatles have a claim to being the best rock band ever. Some of my friends scoff at this statement, but I think that there are numerous reasons to agree. This will be the first posting in a series... the reasons will not be in any particular sequence of importance... with that being said, here is the first reason...

The Beatles were the first band to make music videos... they invented the genre. Because they were not able to go to the US for a follow up appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, they created these videos and sent them off to be shown on the TV show... and so was born the genre of the music video... These are the first two... the songs "Rain" and "Paperback Writer"

15 March 2008

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Here is one of my favorite songs by the Beatles... You've Got To Hide Your Love Away... from the movie, "Help!"

07 March 2008

I'll be there in a week...

Well friends, first, I just want to ask for your prayers as I come home from Cambodia next week. I will be home for about three weeks. I am not sure how the jet lag will hit me, but I am more worried about the culture shock... many things here have become 'normal', so I know that some things are going to really 'shock' me when I get back to the States...

Second, if you are in the Mansfield area, I will be having a short get together on April 1 (no April Fools Jokes please) at Mansfield Christian School in the choir room at 7:00. If you want to go to Mapquest you can enter the address of 500 Logan Road, Mansfield, OH 44907, if you do not know where it is. I hope that any and all of you that are free can come to hear a bit about the last (almost) nine months.

Lastly, I would appreciate your prayers for the last week here before I come home. There are so many things to do... including giving about 120 tests and grading them all in less than 36 hours...

Have a great week, and may God bless you in every way. G

06 March 2008

Last weekend in Battambang...

Here are some pictures from this past Sunday in Battambang. Savorn, Seda and I went up there to have a church service at the Orphans Home there... Savorn had made arrangements to have some Samaritan's Purse "Boxes of Hope" for the children also...