Archive for May, 2008

Challenge #1 – Demo (no Bryan yet)

May 23, 2008

We’ve written our first song for the Masters of Song Fu competition – a theme song for our band. I proudly give you the demo version (named for its lack of Bryan) of the To Serve Mankind Theme Song (the 1st track – and hopefully not the last – of our Masters of Song Fu Album “Fu Serve Mankind.”

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It’s a no go

May 23, 2008

Just got word we won’t be getting THAT house.  More when it happens.

May 22, 2008

It is impossible to consider this in my own life.  My heart breaks for this family and my prayers are with them.  As I checked my friend’s BLOG today, I read news of a terrible tragedy.  He says it all, so I’ll just post the link and allow you the freedom to seek the article for yourselves – and remember God.  (The video featured at the bottom is well worth a couple minutes.)

Challenge 1 – Demo

May 21, 2008

Well, we did it. Today, Bryan and I wrote our theme song… We recorded some of the magic for you viewers at home. Enjoy – The To Serve Mankind TV Theme Song.

(Jeff sings the right words in the wrong place)

(Jeff sings wrong words)

(To Serve Mankind Theme Song – Demo 1 – “We’re Professionals”)

(To Serve Mankind Theme Song – Demo 2)

Challengers of Song Fu

May 20, 2008

Masters of Song Fu

That’s Bryan and Me as To Serve Mankind – you remember, the band that used to play at all the church functions. Well, we’re on a mission from God… not really God, but a mission nonetheless – to become the Masters of Song Fu – by taking on a series of weekly songwriting challenges, of which we have absolutely no foreknowledge. We will be judged by Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and Doc Hammer. You may know some of those names. I just received the first challenge…

You must do a song in the style of a classic television show. Not only that, but this song is the theme for a fictional television show about yourself (or your band). By “classic television show” theme song, we mean the type of themes found in shows from the 1960’s – 1980’s (ie Gilligan’s Island, Cheers, The Fall Guy, Diff’rent Strokes, Welcome Back Kotter, Greatest American Hero, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Facts Of Life, Green Acres, Gimme A Break, The Monkees, etc.). Your theme song must include both lyrics and music. It must run no shorter than 30 seconds, and no longer than one (1) minute. Deadline for submission is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008.”

So there you have it – our first challenge. Who are we? That is very profound. I’m not sure we knew. That is something to consider, especially as we have to compose something that reflects us. Feel free to offer suggestions in the comment section of this post. We will take those very seriously – as, so far, no inspiration.

If you have any interest in checking out the official contest page, you can find it at Quick Stop Entertainment.

They’re Just Too Cute

May 20, 2008

I’ve gotta put this up for the world to see. This is how every evening goes at our house. Banjo and Bagel wrestling all around, making a racket. These are two truly happy boys.  (I hope to catch Bagel dreaming soon – that isn’t to be missed.)

Iron Man

May 20, 2008

Yes, all the hype is warranted.  It is a great movie.  You should see it.  Keep eyes out for Jon Favreau (director/driver), Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story), and someone who cannot be named… make sure to stay tuned through the credits.

(All this makes me want to dig into Marvel Ultimate Alliance again… hmmm…)

Little House

May 20, 2008

Well, the bank countered our offer on the house, so Jen and I signed the paperwork accepting their deal.  The offer goes back first thing tomorrow morning (today when everybody else is awake), and we should know more very soon.  Keep praying.  It looks good so far – we are very encouraged.

Not just a handsome face

May 19, 2008

This is how Bagel and I spent our midday today.  I thought it would be nice to change it up a little bit, in between sleeping on the couch and sleeping in my office, a little fetch action.

Thou Shalt Always… BUY!

May 15, 2008

I’m glad to say the next installment of parody is here – riding on the backs of Scroobius Pip and Dan le Sac, with their original “Thou Shalt Always Kill,” I’m proud to present to you today, “Thou Shalt Always Die.” One of our pastor’s most oft-quoted verses in the Bible is about dying to yourself, taking up your cross and following Jesus. Although I can’t quite quantify how much of the new lyrics point to that exact message, certainly, most of them are good guidelines to follow.

In my head, I must admit, I was writing half for the public and half for my daughter (in utero). I wanted the messages to be poignant and relevant to our society just now. Enter the song, and many of the references in my parody. As always, this song incorporates many of my life experiences. You may be surprised how difficult my life can be sometimes. Although not everything in the song is autobiographical, there is enough there to feel really personal to me. The rest is just good livin’ as far as I’m concerned.

Anyway, if you are so inclined and want to own your very own HIGH QUALITY mp3, you can cruise over to my Speakerheart store and buy the thing (@ 192kbps), or be one of the first 3 people to comment on this post – INCLUDING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS – and I’ll send you a free copy (@ 320kbps – I encode all my personal files at 320 – because it’s the best.) Enjoy.

PS – to ensure everyone can have a cursory listen to the song, I’ve included it at the top, but recorded at 64kbps – which affects the sound quality – and with so much going on lyrically, it gets muddy.  The good news for you is – the HIGH QUALITY recordings are crystal clear.

PPS – Oh, and I may post the lyrics here as well.  Check back for that.