Friday, October 19, 2007

Watched a terrific documentary called Rock School. It is the story of Paul Green's School of Rock in Philadelphia. He runs it as an after-school program for kids who want to learn rock music. Although he welcomes kids of all music levels, he places very high expectations and demands on them. I was frankly astonished at the level of music done by his top level band. He decided his top kids should just work on Frank Zappa tunes. Not the easier Zappa songs, the harder ones. For those who don't know, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention had a reputation for performing some of the most difficult and complex songs of any rock bands.

At the end of the film the top level band made a trip to Germany to play at a Zappa festival. Mr Green spoke on the phone to Napoleon Brock-Murphy, one of the original Mothers of Invention, to ask him to talk with the kids. Mr Murphy first expressed his astonishment at which songs this band was going to play, then agreed to do a song with them on stage. He and another former Zappa band member both expressed their highest admiration for these kids after the show.

The school is now franchised in several cities. As you might suspect, there are a number of YouTube videos. Here's one I found with Jon Anderson of Yes as a guest of the band doing Long Distance Runaround. Mr Green is the man who comes up to direct towards the end. There's another video with Close to the Edge, but I thought that wouldn't be as familiar to some of you. If you want to see more, you can either poke around YouTube yourself (edit:search for SOR school of rock), or go to the School of Rock site here.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My favorite song of the moment. If you recognize it, then you'll know what movie we watched last night.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

For my 1000th post, I'll just draw your attention to an interesting evangelistic strategy from our Ukrainian brothers: evangelism through celebrating the Christian holidays. (link will only be good until they update their news section)

We will be going to serve International Partnerships in two weeks, though in the city of L'viv rather than Dnepropetrovsk. IP is an indigenous Ukrainian ministry which evolved out of the efforts of Co-Mission back in the early 90's. Co-Mission was a cooperative effort to spread the gospel in Ukraine and Russia following the fall of the Soviet government. The post-Soviet governments asked westerners to come in and teach American values in the public schools, so a number of mission boards got together and divvied up territories to work on. Our good friend John Hamilton was involved in this work through the Navigators and helped identify a young couple who went on to found International Partnerships.

I am thrilled to be able to serve this organization again for a short English School project. I feel a little overwhelmed by the logistics and the various unknowns involved, but I'm sure God will help us where we are weak. Plus all we are really doing is drawing in people so that they can get into extended small groups and classes with the Ukrainian staff there. If we screw up a little it won't matter too much :)

Monday, September 03, 2007

Enjoy your labor day rest:

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

In case you haven't heard, our country is in dire need of maps.
What can you paint in 5 minutes?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A little window into life in Kiev for an American foreign service officer. I found it amusing. His whole blog is fun reading.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Just a reminder to pray for some of those whose faith is being sorely tested. I received word about more kidnappings than are being reported so far in the news, but I think it wiser to not say any more than that.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

File this under Jobs I Won't Be Applying For.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

This might be fun if you had, say, an hour or two left to live.