Thursday, February 16, 2006

Sappy Hold Music

At this very moment I'm holding on for the Jefferson Parish department of water. This is like my fourth or fifth call in about 2 months. The preceding times I just gave up after 30+ minutes of holding. The worst part about holding is the freaking elevator music that must be meant to sooth frustrated utility clients. It has just the oposite effect on me. Something about the combo of flute and oboe trading melody lines and then harmonizing over a background of strings, harp, and classical guitar really grates on my nerves almost as much as the idea of Willie Nelson doing a gay cowboy song. I can't hold on much longer...I'm loosing my will....Can't go on....ARRGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!


Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Well, I have finally become a member of the once elite club of IPOD owners. Of course if I own one the club can't be that exclusive any more. An IPOD was given to me as a gift a week ago and I've been transfering my whole library of music every hour of the day. It kind of reminds me about when I came out with my first CD back in 1994. There I was with one thousand CDs with my name on them (literally) and I didn't own a CD player. Well I've had my music on several people's podcasts now and am in the proccess of having all of my music available on I-Tunes and other digital outlets and until now have not had an IPOD or the equivalent. I must say that I enjoyed listening to some of my favorite music on headphones again. Well I'd love to stay and blog but I have music to diwnload...

Friday, February 10, 2006

My First Submission to Lark News

One of my favorite websites to visit every once and a while is . The site is a parody of Christian culture in America and can be quite funny. Some of the stories seem so plausible that many take them to be legit right of the bat. A couple of weeks ago I was ready a hilarious story on Rick Warren making a bid to buy the saints. I found a place on the web site where you can submit story ideas so I decided to take a stab at it. The following is my submission followed b y their reply:

American Worship Idol. A TBN show to find the best young worship leader in America. I can go further with this if you think it worth pursuing.


Reply on 2/10/06:

Crispin, a similar idea is happening on TBN with a former Backstreet Boy, so we’ll pass on this one. Thanks.
Ruth Ann
LarkNews staff

Well, I guess I need to watch a little TBN before I send in my next idea.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

New Blues

I've really been wanting to do some recording lately and got to do a little this week. Doug Anderson was back in town and stayed at our house this week. But rather than explore Barbequeing techniques we opted for Blues this week. I like the idea of writing songs with other people but it's kind of a hard thing to get going. Well Doug showed up at my house on Monday with some words to which he wanted some blues music. Well I love blues as much as I love good barbeque so we got to work on it right away on Monday evening. After about an hour the creativity really began to flow and by the end of the evening we had a real nice song with lots of soul. On Wednesday night we recorded it live with Doug on acoustic guitar and me singing and playing my Fender Rhodes. We tracked the song with some ambient room mics turned on to catch a real nice natural room reverb. The end result was a less than perfect but very soulful recording. After that I added a little organ track to spice it up a bit and we mixed it down today. Mixing and recording was a real lerning experience because it was mine and Doug's first time to engineer on Pro-Tools so we were steadily learning. There's no better way to learn a new recording system than just doing it though. I will try to get the song posted on my web site shortly. The lyrics pose the question about God's involvement in Hurricane Katrina. It's called "Where Were You Today".

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Estes Park Pics

I know these are a little late but I finally got some pics to my computer from last week's trip to Estes Park Colorado. These are some pics of me and Ben Davis as we went snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. One shot here is of an elk heard right of the road.

Friday, February 03, 2006

St. Charles Parish Satellite School to help with Adopt-a-Block

I just spoke to the students and faculty of the Satellite School in St. Charles Parish about their upcoming involvement with Adopt-a-Block. I wish I'd have had a high school like this when I was a teenager. The school uses a very hands-on approach to prepare students for carrees in everything from culinary arts to digital media, to healthcare, to psychology and social work. They will be running our adopt-a-block on February 21 with their students. The culinary arts students will cook the meals, other studenst will help in the prep and distribution and the digital media students will document the whole thing on video and pictures to compile into a 5 minute DVD. I am really excited about this. This is a great example of how the partnership af various groups in a region can be beneficial for all involved. Not to mention that I won't have to (get to) cook that day. Check out their web site at: