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New Weekly Feature

In an effort to infect visitors with my love for film scores, I have decided to implement a weekly feature to this blog. Simply go to my profile page and click on the “audio clip” link, which will play a segment of music from a carefully selected score. Yes, there will be a new clip each and every week!

As a general rule, I’ll try to post clips that are longer than the typical thirty-second samples you find at many sites. Sometimes I may have to use shorter clips, but I want that to be the exception, not the norm. Anyway, to start things off with a flourish, check out the current clip from Cutthroat Island. Sure, the movie may have been a financial and critical flop, but the music is considered to be one of the best swashbuckling scores of all time. Enjoy!

A Saga of Cellular Proportions

As they say, there’s a first time for everything. Well, yesterday I dropped my cell phone for the first time. I had just stepped out of my car in the Bed Bath and Beyond parking lot. (Uh, I wasn’t there for me—just so you know.) As my hand brought my phone down to place it in my pocket, my fingers got tripped up in the pocket flap and the phone slipped from my grip.

You know how Hammy the Squirrel in Over the Hedge was able to move like lightning while everything else around him moved at a snail’s pace? That’s what my eyes and mind did. (The rest of my body, unfortunately, was not so quick to respond.) I had time to watch the phone fall in slow motion as the cruel arm of gravity drug it through the air and toward the hard surface of the concrete below. I remember my exact words at the time (although I have sense repented).

With a loud clickity-clack, the spinning LG landed on its backside and bounced—yes, bounced—back into the air. It flipped over, then landed again, this time on its fr…

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

Lately I’ve been going through a “dark night of the soul.” But as this particularly dark period is giving way to the piercing light of God’s mercy, the Holy Spirit has greatly encouraged me through today’s entry in Spurgeon’s Daily Meditations:


More than Mere Words

I wilt give you the sure mercies of David. (Acts 13:34)

Nothing of man is sure; but everything of God is so. Especially are covenant mercies sure mercies, even as David said “an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.”

We are sure that the Lord meant His mercy. He did not speak mere words: there is substance and truth in every one of His promises. His mercies are mercies indeed. Even if a promise seems as if it must drop through by reason of death, yet it never shall, for the good Lord will make good His word.

We are sure that the Lord will bestow promised mercies on all His covenanted ones. They shall come in due course to all the chosen of the Lord. They are sure to all the seed, from the least of them unto the g…

CAPMOBL

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Now my license plate (the above title) has a double meaning. My car is indeed the Capmobile, but now Cap has gone mobile as well. Yes, after resisting the technological advances of cell phones for over a decade, I saw sunlight on the Verizon and decided it was time for me to join the club. After all, it’s hard to be cool and not have a cell phone, and coolness is a major objective of mine (second only to godliness). I decided I wanted to get more from life, and an important part of raising the bar was to sign up with people who never stop working for you.

Why did I resist purchasing a cell phone for so long? Well, there are several reasons. One, they’re expensive. Two, they’re expensive. Three, they’re expensive. Okay, so that’s only three reasons. I guess you could combine them all into one reason—namely, I’m a stingy tightwad. Actually, there’s one more reason: cell phones have the tendency to increase one’s daily “faux pas quotient.” Oh, and cell phones also make people crazy.

Anyway…

Stone Still Full of Surprises—Even Pleasant Ones

In what can be described as a bona fide miracle, Oliver Stone’s World Trace Center is 100% free of conspiracy theories. In fact, the movie is so pro-America and pro-faith that Stone’s own political allies are lambasting him.

On the other hand, James Hirsen at NewsMax.com (who actually saw the film) has this to say. But what really has me ecstatic is a review by Cal Thomas. He sums up with these words:

Whatever one thinks of Oliver Stone, the man knows how to make movies. This is one of his best. It deserves an Oscar in so many categories. It also deserves the thanks of a grateful nation. Go and see it beginning Aug. 9 and make him a large profit so he might consider inspiring us again, as his predecessors so often did during Hollywood's Golden Age.
Ever since seeing the trailer, I have had a cautious desire to see World Trade Center. Now I can’t wait! To quote Pixar character Mater: “I’m happier’n a tornado in a trailer park!”

Don’t “Date and Drive”

Here’s something for the guys (although girls can probably benefit as well): go read the article Stop Test-Driving Your Girlfriend. Whether you are in a relationship or not, author Michael Lawrence gives an outstanding answer to the question, “How do I know if she’s the one?” In fact, it’s the best answer I’ve ever heard.

Two years ago—heck, two months ago—I would have balked at what this article says. Even now, it’s a strong and sturdy kick in the rumple seat. But by God’s grace, it’s helping me be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Check it out—and while you’re at it, listen to Superman Returns if you haven’t already (see link in previous post).

Super Music

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Even though Superman Returns lasted two-and-a-half hours, it felt like a mere 90 minutes. I enjoyed almost everything about the film—except for the unexplained motivations and inexplicable occurrences that detracted from the intended thrills of the third act.

For me, the greatest thrills were provided by the music, composed by John Ottman. He masterfully integrated the familiar themes John Williams composed for the original film with some beautiful and rousing new material of his own. The music is absolutely astounding (with some excellent choral work)! Definitely my choice for the highlight score of the year thus far.

Here’s the great part: the entire soundtrack can be heard online for FREE! Yes! Just click here.

Don’t succumb to indwelling sin by shrugging your shoulders and saying, “Whatever, Cap. You’re a nerd.” Think about it: the next time you surf the web, you could listen to Superman Returns as background music. You needn’t listen to the entire score, but give the first twelve mi…

Man Burned By Fireworks Tossed Into His Car

Yes, that was the title of a news story I came across on WVLT’s web site today. Now, maybe it makes sense to you. When I first read it, though, I misinterpreted the grammatical structure of the title. This is what my brain computed: a man who was burned by fireworks was tossed into his car. The accompanying mental image was pretty funny.

Of course, the real story was that a man received burn injuries when fireworks were thrown into his vehicle. Then, having been distracted by the patriotic prank, the man proceeded to crash his car. Happy 4th of July indeed. Which makes me wonder: how excited would our Founding Fathers be if they knew we celebrated our country’s liberation by blowing things up? Isn’t that kind of like PETA sponsoring a fur coat exhibition at its annual Christmas party?