Archive for June, 2008


June 26, 2008

We got the keys to our house today and were so excited, we rushed over with ceiling fans and paint and started working. Garage shelves are assembled and placed, and the living room wall is taped and (almost) ready to paint. The ceiling fan is not so cool yet. Tomorrow. We pulled into the garage and Jen unlocked her new house for the first time. Exhilarating.


Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc.

June 24, 2008

We use CCLI to get our words on screen each week.  All the song composers license their songs for use through CCLI.  I am now a license holder with CCLI too… finally.  Check out the proof below.

Challenge 2, Issued

June 16, 2008

The second challenge in the Masters of Song Fu competition has been issued.  Please to find the details below.  Either they’ve been ‘reading our mail,’ or have inadvertently stepped into a realm of pain Bryan is certain to unleash.  One doesn’t have to look too far down Column A to know what I mean.  We begin again.  More to come as it emerges.

Write a song that utilizes a repeating syllable (ex: la, na, doo, etc.). The syllable must repeat at least 5 times in a row (ex: la la la la la). The resulting “repeated syllable” phrase can appear anywhere in your song, but must be repeated in full at least 3 times within the song. Also, this challenge includes a thematic element. Your song must feature a conflict between two (2) elements, provided below. You must choose one (1) element from COLUMN A and one (1) element from COLUMN B.


Santa Claus

Miami Dolphins

Stephen Hawking

A Beach Towel

High School Physics


The Color Orange

A Toothpick Factory

Marc Singer










Your Kindergarten Teacher (must be named)

Albert Camus

Non-Alcoholic Lager

Doc Hammer

Experience Talking

June 11, 2008

We are now entering the 3rd trimester of pregnancy for our first baby.  I’d like to hear from you parents out there about what to expect.  No rules here.  Just give us your experiences here (in the comments section).  Give us the real skinny on babies… the good, the bad, and the ugly.  How does life go after the baby is here?  Jen and I would really appreciate your histories.

We’re a “go” for Round 2

June 10, 2008

To Serve Mankind will be progressing to Round 2 in the Masters of Song Fu competition! Thanks to many of your votes. We appreciate them. Our next song challenge will be presented on or around June 16. We have that week to compose and produce a recording to submit for another round of voting. So enjoy this brief reprieve and check back here for real life updates. Blogging will again be temporarily disrupted between June 23-30 for Round 2 updates.

Walkthrough, part 1

June 9, 2008

Here is our new house… no furniture yet.

(PS – The only thing missing is a new stainless steel refrigerator. Don’t be shy.)

“Too easy”

June 9, 2008

Our last appointment with the doctor was wonderful. Jen is right on schedule, and everything looks great. His actual words were “you make this pregnancy thing look too easy.” I thought that was great. Very encouraging.

The baby’s heart rate is about 148 now.

Keep those fingers crossed

June 5, 2008

Voting for The Masters of Song Fu songwriting competition is now closed for Round 1. Last I checked, To Serve Mankind was actually in 5th place. Hopefully, we stayed there through Life Group and will move on to round 2. I’m not sure if there will be critique from the administrators, or if non-original music submissions will be accepted or not (see Lex Friedman’s “Inspector Gadget” ripoff), but regardless of the results, Bryan and I are glad you all took the time to support us and the song we created for Round 1. It was a lot of fun to make, and share. I’ll let you know if we progress as soon as I find out. Thanks again, friends.