Stuff & Nonsense

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

A year or two ago at Kitschmastime, inspired by the Crescat, I delved into the world of tacky nativity scenes. I don’t know what I was thinking. But, like all bad ideas whose time has come, it turned out there was far too much material to use in one year. So, speaking of bad ideas, […]

Department of Awesome: Toccata and Fugue on Glass

Department of Awesome: Toccata and Fugue on Glass

Since this is about the time of  All Hallows Eve, what do you say we give a listen to J. S. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.” And since this is the Department of Awesome, what do you say we find two people who play it on wine glasses. If your socks got knocked […]

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

This just in from the Department of Really Awesome Things that Made My Day: Yes, kids: it’s the heartwarming adventures of mischievous little John Calvin and his possibly imaginary sidekick Thomas Hobbes. Imaginary because he might not have been born for another century or so, but who cares, this is fantastic. (Fun fact: Bill Watterson […]

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

For everyone who’s seen me play with Thornfield, there’s an inevitable recurring question after each show: “What in the world is that thing?”   <— (me)   <— (that thing)         The somewhat anticlimactic answer is that it’s a Melodica. It’s not exactly the most common instrument in the world, though a […]

Return of the Christian Album Covers!

Return of the Christian Album Covers!

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the thrift store…. They’re back!  Yes, you remember those hilariously horrible old Christian album covers I found in one of my old silly posts? Unbelievably tacky pictures from a bygone era of people who were trying to be really cool, and failing dismally, and thinking they succeeded? […]

Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

Now pay attention, children: if you practice the piano just 20 minutes every day, do you know what will happen?… …You will grow up to be humiliated by a second grader. (Tip-o'-the-hat: 22 words.)

Some Good Advice, #2

Some Good Advice, #2

This very instructive little bit of good advice has been making the rounds on the Internet lately. I approve.  (For those for whom the last step is the hardest, I've also been known to recommend Philippians 4:6-7.) Apologies to any of you who may not appreciate having Bobby McFerrin stuck in your head now. Hey, […]

Not cheese?

Not cheese?

Spotted in a Whole Foods store in Chicago. The circumstances that led to the creation of the sign will be left to your overactive imaginations. (Note: Despite the date of publication, this is completely real. Truth is sillier than fiction.)