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Joel C

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    Stuck in traffic somewhere between Canterbury and Rome

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    Composer, Narrator, Writer, Researcher, Artistic Handyman

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  1. ...And just like that, we have an album! Listen to it on your favorite streaming service, and grab your copy here if it catches your fancy.
  2. Hi folks, I know I'm not around much, but as mentioned in a recent post, I still haunt the boards a bit to see what's going on. This community used to be a real reference point in my life, and I still enjoy keeping up with what's going on for other people, and keeping anyone who may be interested up-to-date with my own creative pursuits. For the past year, my sister and I have been enjoying taking a break from our respective academic pursuits to do a little band music. We just released the first single from an upcoming album we're currently recording, and it's called 'Disappear'. It's fre
  3. What a fascinating conversation, and per usual for me over the past few years, I come to it after all the good back-and-forth has already happened. Comes with the territory of a crazy life. Much of what I have to offer here will echo what others have said, especially Nathaniel a couple posts back, but I think it’s worth saying anyway, even if just to affirm a particular narrative as consistent with others as well. This seems like a somewhat diagnostic thread, at least for those who feel that there has been a shift. I joined A&F ten years ago last month. It was as I was in my final ye
  4. Well, I'm certainly not willing to draw such exact lines as this author does. But even as someone who deeply respects Bowie's musicality and songwriting, I guess I don't understand why being discerning about Bowie's use of imagery and symbolism is wrong. As someone who believes very strongly in the existence of sacramental potential in everything, it's hard for me to feel that this isn't in some way an outworking of Bowie's inner world. Perhaps the author of the article you cited went too far in drawing conclusions, but is it really so hard to recognize, throughout the video, either symbols as
  5. After writing songs for over a decade, I've built up quite a library, but because of the busyness of life, I've never been able to do much with my material. I've worked in other parts of the music industry with varying success, especially in film, as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor, but I've always wanted to do something with my songwriting. My sister, who is just about to head off to Oxford to get a graduate degree in theology, has also written a great deal of music, but apart from playing our songs for our fam from time to time, neither of us had ever done much with our respective so
  6. "Confessions of a Prodigal Son", a feature film I scored, and which my brother wrote, produced, and starred in, is in the midst of a run of a number of theater showings nationwide. We've already screened in Colorado Springs, Chattanooga, and Dallas, and we have upcoming showings in the LA area, St. Louis, Wilmington NC, and potentially Boise, ID. More to come soon—hosting a showing is open to anyone who wants to, and we keep seeing more locations pop up in the list. If any of you are interested in attending any of the showings, you can purchase your tickets at our film landing page. T
  7. Last year I caught a showing of this film at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. All I can say is this film is handmade for the big screen, and whereas parts of it seemed dated to me when first watching it in a home environment, the big screen version in a dark theater, with a real sound system, was engrossing and magnificent, and felt shockingly fresh and current. Can't even imagine what it must have been like to witness this film when it first came out in 1968. I don't experience that kind of cinematic magic and wonder very often.
  8. Actually, you mentioned Iona as a band you enjoy. Joanne Hogg has actually done some independent stuff. She did an album of hymns, Looking Into the Light, which, among the multitude of tepid regurgitations of the same church music in CCM, is a lovely breath of fresh air. Definitely still in the celtic-ish vain of Iona.
  9. Agree, those two artists were/are perhaps teachers first. It is rare to find higher minds like theirs combined with first rate musical talent. Quite a calling. I like your pointing out the immigrant analogy. Maybe that's why the faith of Americans has not flagged to the extent it has in Europe. One of my favorite scriptures "They only saw them and welcomed them (promises) from a distance. And they admitted that they (themselves) were aliens and strangers on earth." Heb 11:13 The early Peterson is his most musically catchy for me. It may be that the ideas in his later music are more insight
  10. Whatever else may be said, it should be mentioned that Sects, Love and Rock & Roll is an enviously great title.
  11. Glad you mentioned Rich Mullins and Andrew Peterson, Mike. Notwithstanding occasional humorous cheese like "Alrightokuhuhamen", Rich Mullins was one of the finest songwriters of his time, particularly for those attuned to more eternal themes. Liturgy, Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band is absolutely stunning in its scope and comprehension of the correlation between the United States as a country full of immigrants "lonely for their home", and Christians who are immigrants, longing for heaven. It was immensely influential for me, and would still find its way on to my personal list of the finest reco
  12. Yup. That's about the sum of it. I enjoyed it as diversion, and occasionally for its aesthetic appeal. If the story were half as delicious as the characters seem to think their food is, it would have made it a much more interesting film. Obviously, as such, one instinctually draws parallels to Babette's Feast, which is such an exquisite specimen in the food-film genre that it's a bit unfair to use it as a bellwether for other food-based films. I would actually more closely align it to Chocolat, a film which used the theme of a foreign family opening up a food-based shop in a suspicious Fr
  13. SPOILERS for both CALVARY AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY As divine providence would have it, I watched this film this weekend, only a week after reading “The Power and the Glory” for the first time. I was deeply affected by each individually, but together they packed a one-two punch to serious theological questions I’ve been working through. Back in July, I visited Oxford, UK, for a conference. While I was there, I attended solemn mass at The Oratory (location numero uno for John Henry Newman aficionados). During the homily, the priest, reflecting on the 20-year anniversary of another pr
  14. Actually, while the iPod classic was indeed discontinued, the Genius Bar should still cover you with support on a 6th generation iPod. If it's out-of-warranty, you'll probably have to pay for any repairs, but the appointment is always free no matter what. I'm with you though on what a wonderful device it is. I've had a 5th generation classic iPod for almost a decade. The screen is cracked, and the casing is pretty scratched up, but it still works, and I still use it as best as I can in my car for my tunes.
  15. I have thousands of songs from a variety of sources—CDs that I have ripped to my computer, my own recordings from Logic and GarageBand, mp3s I've purchased from Amazon, e-music, or any other retailer—and iTunes. Instead of having to plug my phone into my computer to sync that digital content, iTunes Match uploads all of those files to iCloud, regardless of whether they came from an iTunes purchase or from a CD, so that I can access them on any device at any time. Peter T Chattaway wrote: : I don't see any advantage to the Apple cloud except that it puts all the eggs in one basket -- and t
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