A Prayer of David

May it be mine:

Psalm 13

1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Hawaii – Day 1 (part 1)

It’s our first day in Hawaii and we’re having a great time hanging at our friend’s place right here in Oahu. I’ve never been to Hawaii before and one thing I’m realizing is that no one has ever really told me how this place smells. It’s fantastic. So clean, so fresh, and kind of sweet smelling.

Alright, here’s some photos from the first part of our day today. It’s only 3:50pm right now so there’s plenty of time left for more shots, so hopefully more to come. Photo captions are below each shot.

Hawaii - Day 1
Here’s our legit, REAL leis that Megan greeted us with at the airport. The smell nice, and they make the whole room smell good. Bethany’s is on the left and mine is on the right.

Hawaii - Day 1
Just a quick shot of Bethany and Titus, my two favorite people.

Hawaii - Day 1
Family shot. Apparently Titus thought Hawaii was more interesting than this photo.

Hawaii - Day 1
I just love his big blue eyes.

Hawaii - Day 1
A shot of our friend’s daughter. She’s fun.

Hawaii - Day 1
Titus with my lei on.

Hawaii - Day 1
Our friend’s son with his “Automoblox”. They’re like the legos of cars or something. I’m way too stupid to understand it.

Hawaii - Day 1
“Sorry dad, no more pictures.” - Titus

Lost Photographs and the Art of Storytelling

This weekend Bethany and I watched the movie Citizen Kane. Originally released in 1941 and often considered one of the best movies ever made, the film follows the rise and fall of one man as seen and remembered by those who knew him. I had only heard a few things about the movie before watching it, but a big reason I wanted to see it was because I just finished reading Meaning at the Movies by Grant Horner in which he says that’s it not so much the story that grabs you, but the way the story is told.

I love a good story–who doesn’t? But a good story can rise and fall at the mercy of the storyteller. That’s why I love the story and videos below. Yes, the story is good, but more than that, the way this young man tells the story of how he was able to reunite a lost roll of film with it’s owner is just great. Take a few minutes and watch these little videos. I think you’ll be blessed.

Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard (part 1)

Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard (part 2)

Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard (part 3)

If you can’t see the above videos, here are links to all three parts of “Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard”: part 1, part 2, part 3

5 Albums for $5

Alright, here are my picks of the top 5, $5 albums on Amazon.com/MP3 for the month of March. If you’re still buying music on iTunes, you’re wasting your money. Please, make the switch. You’ll save money and you won’t miss iTunes one bit.

The Civil Wars - Barton HollowHere’s a brand new record from the duet The Civil Wars that deserves every accolade it gets. You might recognize the girl because it’s Joy Williams (old school, Christian girl artist). I don’t love this album, but the title track “Barton Hollow” and the incredible “Poison & Wine” are with double what you’ll pay.

 

 

 

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed AmericanThe “breakthrough” record for Jimmy Eat World. It’s a classic, no doubt.

 

 

 

 

 

Counting Crows - August and Everything After

Despite how you feel about 90’s bands, this record from Counting Crows just has hit after hit after hit. I know you probably here it every time you’re in a department store, but “Mr. Jones” is just a great song.

 

 

 

 

Incubus - Morning ViewProbably one of the most under appreciated bands in rock music is Incubus. Sure, you heard them on the radio every now and then, but it was never the song I wanted them to play. Morning View was a new direction for Incubus, but they still kept their flavor.

 

 

 
  

David Gray - White LadderJust a great, chill record. Dave Matthews signed David to his own label and this record was the first release. If you don’t have it, buy it.

 

 

 

 

 

Runners-up:
Eisley - The Valley - Brand new record from Eisley, which is dropping today. The song “Smarter” is worth the record.
The Killers - Hot Fuss - I just dig this record sometimes. Not all the time, but sometimes.

Check out all 100 $5 albums on Amazon.com/MP3

Jeff Bridges’ Photos Are Neat

I’m sure you’ve heard of the actor Jeff Bridges. Many know him as the “The Dude” from his 1998 role in The Big Lebowski, and more recently he’s been in Iron Man, TRON, and True Grit (which he’s been nominated for an Academy Award in). His film history as an actor is actually pretty extensive, and though I haven’t seen many of his movies, I have seen him on interviews and SNL and he seems like a cool guy.

But what many people don’t know (myself included) is that “The Dude” is a pretty good photographer. I was shocked today to come across some of his work and see that he’s got some excellent shots, all of which he gets using a Widelux camera and black and white film. According to his Web site, he started shooting back in high school, but for the past 16 films he’s done he’s taken his Widelux camera with him on set during filming. Once the movie is done being made, he puts together private photo books for all the cast and crew as a gift. Very cool idea, and these photos are just fun. Check out a few of his shots below and click on the photos to view the book they come from.

photo by Jeff Bridges

Can’t get enough of this style? Check out Jeff Bridge’s site for more of his work.

Flickr also has loads up Widelux shots (click to search). Below are some Widelux landscapes that are just fabulous: