Timeline Implosion

According to U2, “time is irrelevant, its not linear…” I love that line because it reminds me of the notion that I know I’ve read repeatedly in the writings of C.S. Lewis (though I don’t have any of his quotes at hand to share at the moment). I came across another quote which, while it was applied in a particular context, relates, I believe, quite well to the greater life experience:

Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.” -John 7:6


I have many regrets and many opportunities in my life have been wasted. I’ve invested my heart and my mind in the wrong things far too often and, subsequently, I’ve left many tears and much damage in my wake. This morning I am most thankful that, while God sees my distant past just as clearly as my ultimate future, he covers all parts with the same sufficient grace. He knows that I can’t make it on my own and will continue loving me far beyond the time that it takes me to finally learn and subsequently apply, by his grace, his wisdom.

Encouragement For Encouragement: Josh Harmony

Skateboarder and musician Josh Harmony has a very worthwhile project in the works that he could use some help with to get off the ground. While its true that he is a pro skateboarder, the down economy has hit the skating industry as well and the funding necessary to give his new full album project the support it needs is simply not a given. He’s got some great incentives listed for pledge categories starting out as small as $1, so, please, take a moment to watch the video and give it some thought. Music from his last two EP’s LAMPS and TALLER THAN TREES have been a tremendous source of inspiration and encouragement for me in the wake of the end of my father’s battle with brain cancer. For that, I owe a great deal to Josh, Erick, and all involved with this great music.  Please check out the video and consider making a pledge. Thanks.

View the video here.

FIEFDOM OF ANGELS: SIDE ONE by Kevin Max (music review)

The lid on musician/poet/author Kevin Max’s imagination is slowly being peeled back as new glimpses of his Fiefdom Of Angels franchise continue to surface. From the first random clues as to the focus, story, and imagery of this new venture on through to the release of the Zero Issue of the graphic novel and, most recently, the release of the FIEFDOM OF ANGELS: SIDE ONE EP, my curiosity has steadily evolved into fully engaged interest. I certainly think that caution should be exercised when toying with the mythology and the reality of angels, but, one certainly has the right to wonder why the topic hasn’t been subject to such a deep exploration, the likes of which Max is now attempting to execute, before. While I really can’t offer any additional insight or even an opinion about the substance of the series (due to the fact that only the introductory Zero Issue has been released so far – with further issues and a possible novel yet to come) I can say that the musical tapestry that Max is skillfully weaving around the project through the release of the FIEFDOM OF ANGELS: SIDE ONE EP will only heighten the expectations for future releases whether they be in the form of new graphic novel issues, text, or film. Unlike the original 1983 Real Life version of “Send Me An Angel,” Kevin Max’s cover version opens the EP with a hauntingly grandiose, atmospheric feel that sets the tone for the EP as an entirely different direction from past releases by Max. “End of the Beginning,” successfully blends a clear Beatles influence into the mix without compromising the unique thematic integrity of the project as a whole. The track, in particular, harkens back to some of the material released in 2001 on Kevin Max’s first solo release STEREOTYPE BE. While “Shadow Play” doesn’t stick out above the rest for any particular reason, it does serve as an added layer of dramatic contemplative texture that could have really set the stage for Max’s cover of Muse’s “Take A Bow” had “Shadow Play” been sequenced to play just before “Take A Bow,” which, unfortunately, it wasn’t. What comes before “Take A Bow” is a cover of Queen’s 1980 “Dragon Attack.” While it’s a decent song in its own right, it seems to be somewhat out-of-place in terms of the mood and feel of the EP as a whole. “Take A Bow”, an epic theatrical climax to the EP, ensures that EP finishes with a bang and leaves the listener wanting  more. The EP certainly accomplishes what all good teasers and movie trailers do: build interest and lead the listener curious about what is yet to come as Kevin Max’s brainchild continues to unfold before us.

Strewn

It is all here
And there
The disarray
The fragments strewn
There and here and nowhere
In between
The clothes you wore
The tools you used
Notes you wrote
And books you read
The grease-stained John Deere hat
The chair in which you sat
Your glasses
With a smudge on the lens
Your fingerprint
Perhaps
A memory
A ghost
Your voice which once bellowed
Subaerial
Now slips in with the passed
Away
Distorted and coming apart
Ethereal threads soaked
And dissolving beneath the surface
Of the river water that won’t stop
Flowing
Under the bridge
Further away with each tick
Of the clock
The bitter moment stretches
The realization that my words
Will reach your ears
No more