Father of the year makes birthday cake [VIDEO]

All we can say is this dad is the bomb for making this birthday cake for his son.  It took 10 hours to make and 2 minutes to destroy.

What have we made for God lately that’s made Him smile like this little boy?

Is there anything we’ve destroyed that’s taken God a long time to put together?

Vision – a picture of what the future of music looks like

Some people have a clear vision of what the future looks like — the rest of the people in this world sit back and either follow or wait to see what happens.

What Onyx Ashanti (the guy in the video) has going for him is a great vision — a picture of what the future could look like.  While it’s probably not your type of music or performance style, you’ve got to give him credit for seeing what COULD be in the future — and then going for it.  His call to partner with you and I is comendable too.  It makes you want to donate just be a part of what he’s going.  He’s already got $300+ toward his goal.  Only 94% more to go Onyx, hang in there.

Check out his blog to see progress on how he’s making the TRON Beatjazz Controller system.

Flash Opera at Macy’s [video]

A flash mob hit Macy’s in Center City on Saturday – 650 vocalists who, unknown to shoppers, had arranged to burst into song at noon.

Thank goodness for free speech.

Man builds flying car to reach those who killed his father

Flying Car

This video is worth the watch.  Many of you are familiar with the story within the story.  This guy, Saint, is the son of that missionary who was killed by natives in South America.  Innovating something to reach people with the Gospel who killed your father — now, that’s more amazing the the flying car itself.

http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/living/2010/10/27/am.bolduan.flying.car.cnn

3D Building Projections – light show of the future?

How to not be a jerk when you say, “I’ll pray for you.”

Say "I'll pray for you" and mean it.

It happens to all of us. We have the best of intentions.  Someone it hurting.  You say you’ll pray for them.  You mean it.  But it doesn’t happen for this or that reason.

In steps a free solution that has changed the frequency of my prayer life, thanks to www.echoprayer.com – a free online prayer manager.  Here’s how it works.

  1. You create a prayer list
  2. You set times throughout the week for reminders
  3. Echo emails or texts you one prayer at a time from your list

You can set reminders for specific prayers or random ones, and get them as emails, text messages or both.

There’s also a built-in prayer journal that lets you write notes and automatically keep track of answered prayers.

Pure and simple, Echo is a tool to help you pray more diligently.

Give it a try…and pray for me, would you?

Church pew concept revealed

I know some churches that would love to implement this concept in their pews.

Kids write song for VBS – Saddle Ridge Ranch

You may may think this is a strange combination for a church’s VBS song — but when your hear a candy-wrapper-fire, flute, slide whistle, urban back-beats, and a GONG…it’s wonderful to know the kids were actually recording the instruments.

We let the kids play their instruments and the keyboard right into the computer, did some quantization to help out, and they did the magic.

Enjoy.

Behind the scenes we used a MacBook Pro, GarageBand, AT2020 USB mic, and an M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI controller.

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Add colored flame pyro to your #worship setlist at #church #ctdrt

I saw these at this year’s Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert.  They were awesome!  And hot!!!

Thanks Scott for sharing this one with me.

@PlanningCenter and @Line6 #worship #tip — share #guitar effects via song attachments

Problem: A song needs two electric guitars to have the exact same delay setting (the pace of echo and amount of times it echos before it fades — for those of you who aren’t into guitar effects).  However, a total of six guitarists rotate in and out of the band each weekend (for our situation, a church).

Solution: Use the same Line 6 effects units for guitarists.  Create a click/loop track at a certain beats per minute (say 114 BPM for Kristian Stanfill’s “Faithful” song).  Then create a patch on the Line 6 unity with a proper 3 against 2 feel (3 echos for every 2 beats)…then upload the MP3 click track and Line 6 tone file (extension .l6t) to Planning Center Online — and your guitarists are all set.  The other electric guitarists can download and install the tone file and capture the right delay.  The only tweak needed is for each individual guitarist to set an appropraite gain level and tone for his guitar…cause each guitar is different.  Bam…any rotating electric guitarist in the band shows up with the right delay…and nothing but sweet accurate delay with both guitarists.

Thank you Planning Center Online and Line 6 for a great marriage, and making my life a little easier when it comes to rotating bands and musicians.