Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Latest...

So, we finished the mixing, mastering, etc...for So Human a couple of weeks ago. But I still haven't sent everything off to the duplicators. There are some forms to be filled out, and some arrangements to be made regarding digital distribution, (it's going to be available on iTunes, and a few others.) Plus, I'm waiting to have an insert created by Compassion International, that will promote their child sponsorship ministry. I want everyone who gets a copy of my CD to be able to learn about the incredible work that Compassion is doing in the lives of children in poverty.So...all that to will be at least four weeks AFTER I send the stuff off before I have the album ready to sell. I'm hoping to be able to send it off late this week, or early next week. So, that would put availability at the end of September/first week of October. BONUS: Since you've been so patient, I have included some of the new songs on the player on my page here. You can listen to some of the songs that will be on the album now!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What Does That Even Mean?

When it comes to sports, there's one phrase that I just can't understand. I mean I flat out can't comprehend it. A lot of people say it...but to me, it's a foreign concept:
"I just play for fun."
Wha?! What does that even mean?
This week, the organization I work for will host its annual employee fun day--we call it "Day on the Green" or DOTG for short. At DOTG there will be crazy relays, a dunking booth, a spirit competition, etc...but the focal point of the day is the annual volleyball tournament. Yep, a bunch of cubicle-laden co-workers get out on the grass and try to knock a ball over the net...some of them for the first time in their lives.
It's hilarious. Unless you take competition very seriously.
Which I do.
So, you can imagine how frustrating it is for me to see players who insist on being part of the team, even though they're afraid of the ball.
Why would you put yourself through that?
Or another thing that absolutely kills me is those players who are unwilling to move to go after a ball. Oh sure, they'll swing at the ball, if it's within their reach, but God forbid they have to move a couple of steps!
Now, I'm no great athlete. (I know, I know, that comes as an absolute shock to many of you.) But I am not afraid to dive for a ball or jump up to block a heavy-handed spiker. When I'm done with a game, I'm winded...I'm tired. I worked. I certainly didn't stand around enjoying the scenery.
I play to win. And if you're not in it to win it, then seriously, I'd rather not be on your team. And it's not so much that I hate losing, it's just that I would rather lose trying...than to coast through any sport with a half-hearted effort.
I'm sure you're thinking: "Tim,'s corporate FUN day." I understand that. But this is just how I was made. So forgive me if this concept of "just playing for fun" is foreign to me.
I just don't get it.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


I'm so stoked! Last night, 8-8-08, (which was also supposedly the start of some big sporting event--wink wink!), we finally finished the album. Just to give you an idea of how long we've been working on this project, our very first recording session took place on 8-29-05. That's right...almost THREE YEARS AGO! And that doesn't include the time writing and learning songs BEFORE we started recording. (Now, of course, we took a lot of time off, to have a baby and all...but it's still been more than a three year process.)

All the recording is done. All the mixing. The mastering.

Now, the cd is ready to send off for printing, duplication, etc. And, I'm also excited to tell you, Chris Tschamler has come up with some great new artwork for the project. Check out the new album cover: Sweet huh?

I'll let you know once the cd is in ourhands...and ready for sale! Probably another 4 weeks or so.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tim Vs. The Incredible Hulk

Jen and I went to see Hellboy II: The Golden Army last weekend. It was okay. About 20 minutes into the movie, I thought, "this is terrible," but it eventually got better. Some decent action scenes, decent animation. I loved the movie Pan's Labyrinth and this was directed by the same maybe I was expecting more. Plus, after watching Dark Knight a couple of weeks ago, it was just no comparison.

But, as we were leaving the theatre, I saw, hiding in the shadows of a corner down at the end of the hallway, a massive, hulking figure. It was, indeed, The Incredible Hulk. I gave Jen my phone and asked her to take a picture of me battling it out with the Hulk. Here it is:

Hey...I'm standing my ground! I'll take on the big, green guy!