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Derek Webb . Scott Erickson . Feedback

by on Nov.17, 2010, under Blog

The Making of the “Feedback” Paintings from scott erickson on Vimeo.

Last week I picked up the new Derek Webb album Feedback. It is an amazing landscape of sound based on the Lord’s Prayer. I would highly highly recommend getting this album. Here’s what Derek has to say:

Worship is a complicated idea. Arguably, it’s what we all do, 24 hours a day (regardless of what we’re worshipping). And I’m aware of a lot of “worship product” in the marketplace I sometimes occupy. So I was cautious when I first started receiving the coordinates that would lead me to make ‘Feedback’. It was immediately conceptual and ambitious, so much so that I genuinely wasn’t sure
I could do it. But this seemed to be the perfect posture in which to create something worthy of being called a “worshipful” piece of art. So I studied, meditated, struggled and prayed my way through this creative process, and it’s easily the most challenging thing I’ve done in my career. But I believe it’s been worth it, even just for the ways it’s stretched both my creative process and my faith as a follower of the Way.

In addition to the music an artist named Scott Erickson created visual art for the project. When I looked at the digital booklet and saw Scott’s work I was immediately impressed by his mixture of modern abstract art and street art. His art as well is based on the Lord’s Prayer. It spoke to me as much as Derek’s music and I love to see artists expressing themselves so differently using different methods.

Derek’s use of classical music and futuristic beats and instruments reminds me of the amalgamation of the ancient and future in the timeless prayer of Jesus. Scott’s use of modernistic abstract art and guerilla street art portrays the boundary crossing message of Jesus. A beautiful artistic portrayal of the Lord’s Prayer.

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Winter Is Finally Here

by on Nov.16, 2010, under Blog

Winter has finally arrived here in Calgary. We always know that it will eventually come sometime around now, but we are never quite sure when it will arrive. Like a thief in the night. A frozen thief that leaves a huge dump of wet heavy snow that takes hours to scoop up so I can get my car out of the drive way.

Last night as I was driving Noah home from swimming lessons the radio hosts on the CBC were talking about the coming snow storm but deep down I didn’t believe them. The high yesterday was 9’C. How could there be a snow storm when it is so nice out. I was wearing flip flops and a light sweatshirt. No gloves. No winter jacket. No toque.

I guess the snow is beautiful and I should be thankful I live in such an amazing place where I can actually see the changing of the seasons. I just wish I had a heated driveway so I didn’t have to shovel or flame tires that melted the snow and ice on the highway. Regardless, I will have to put up with it for the next few months until Spring comes once again.

So winter…I accept thee.

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My New List :: Before 2012

by on Nov.03, 2010, under Blog

2012So here is my new list of 20 things I want to do before 2012. As I accomplish each one I will write a post about it and hopefully I will accomplish all things I want to do in the next couple years.

1. Read a book written before Christ was born
2. Take a Greyhound bus trip somewhere
3. Write a book
4. Get another tattoo
5. Read Catcher in the Rye
6. Get an article published in a magazine or blog
7. Travel to Winnipeg – drink coffee with the Ghost
8. Go to a U2 concert
9. Finish immigration to Canada (Canadian Citizenship)
10. Go on a camping trip with Noah (boys only!)
11. Learn how to play the banjo / get a used banjo
12. Run a marathon (or realistically a 1/2 marathon)
13. Go to a Radiohead concert (or similar awesomeness of band)
14. Read a book about a non-violence hero like Gandhi or Mother Theresa
15. Go snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies
16. Remove refined sugar/white sugar from my diet (starting with a 3 month fast)
17. Travel to a city I have never been to before
18. Have art in an art show
19. Watch 10 movies from AFI’s top 100 movies list
20. Write and Record an album of music

Your turn. What is 10 things you want to do before 2012?

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