All hands, we have arrived at Patheos a little broken, but unbowed. Heavier than expected weather has knocked away a few spars and we will need to make repairs before heading out to deep water. This will also bring the opportunity to scrap the barnacles from our keel, pump out the bilge, repaint, etc. [Read more…]
To the crew and followers of the good ship YIMCatholic,
As you know, the packet Diligence just delivered a fresh batch of letters to us. Included among them, along with a pair of warm stockings I received from my wife, was this order from the Lords of the Admiralty. Take a look:
Upon receipt of these orders you are hereby requested and required to proceed directly, with utmost dispatch, to the port of Patheos. Upon arriving to your new home port, present these orders to the Port Admiral thereupon as courtesy directs. By every means necessary, the Port Admiral is to revictual, rearm, and fully support cruises you engage in at your discretion, until further notice.
This is cracking good news, as a great many fine folks also sail from Patheos as their home port in His Majesty’s service. The Port Admiral is none other than the Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia, and fine captains Deacon Greg Kandra and Francis Beckwith and Max Lindenman sally forth regularly from that anchorage. Of late, other renowned members of His Majesty’s navy have been directed to join the squadron there, including Mark Shea, the Crescat and BadCatholic.
|To King and Country!|
I’m not sure why the Admiralty decided to invite us as well, except perhaps they see that this small frigate may be of value to Our King’s service there. Or perhaps it’s to prepare for close action in the very near future with adversaries of the Crown. Or maybe to help along Leah Libresco.
Regardless, it’s time to come about on a new course so as to reach Patheos by early next week (we’re shooting for going live on Tuesday). All hands, stand by to wear ship! Then, we’ll gather on the main deck for a motivating little movie, Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe.
Here’s a taste,
Your Obedient Servant,
Update: When the new site is up and running, I’ll post another message so you can update links, etc.
Heh. Before you get your dander up, turn red in the face trying to scare me with the facts of the imminent demise of all that is right and true about the American Way, I’ve got one word for Corporate America: quitcherbellyachin’.
And Wall Street firms: Don’t even think about lowering executive compensation or bonuses. That’s unconscionable. Instead, lay off the cannon fodder, make the remaining folks count paper clips, drink smaller cups of coffee, and stop using their company provided cell phones (and stuff like that) first.
And one more thing (or close to a dozen),
That is all.
Just heard the news and said a prayer for his soul, and for his family who will grieve his passing. He fought illness for a long time, yet never turned inward with his visionary gifts. Back in the summer, I happened upon this video of the commencement speech he gave at Stanford University.
Take a look,
His purchase, and further investment in, PIXAR brought us Toy Story and all the rest of the award winning animated feature-length films the company produced: A Bug’s Life in 1998, Toy Story 2 in 1999, Monsters, Inc. in 2001, Finding Nemo in 2003, The Incredibles in 2004, Cars in 2006, Ratatouille in 2007, WALL-E in 2008, Up in 2009, Toy Story 3 in 2010, and Cars 2 in 2011.
Here is one of the first short films they did,
Even Forrest Gump is thankful for what Steve Jobs did,
He will be missed!
Ian Higgins writes about the progress being made on completing the film All That Remains, (thanks to the generosity of readers like you).
Flights are now booked for Nagasaki! We’ll be flying out on November 22nd and arrive on the 23rd. In the meantime we’ve got plenty to organise as it’s going to be pretty full on when we get there with all the interviews and location shots we want to get. Meanwhile, we’ll be releasing the trailer for the animated short, 26 Martyrs in a couple of weeks so keep looking for that!
A few days back, we also received some words of encouragement from Baron Alton of Liverpool, who wrote a great article on Dr. Nagai for the Catholic Universe newspaper. Lord Alton said, “I wanted to congratulate you on an excellent initiative. Dr.Nagai’s story is deeply moving and affecting and deserves to be told to a much wider audience in the manner you envisage”
You can read the article online at Lord Alton’s blog.
Don’t forget to keep spreading the word (tell as many people as you can about this project), we need all the help we can get in order to do justice to the story of Dr. Nagai and the Christian heritage of Nagasaki.
We’ve also just launched our All That Remains blog page which will act as a production diary, so we’ll post more in-depth updates, more behind the scenes glimpses etc. The blog will continue to run for the entire length of the production.
That is great news to hear! While I’ve got your attention, I’m noticing that a thick layer of dust has gathered on the $65 sitting in the jar over yonder ===>>>. Do me a solid and pretend the deadline is tomorrow, ok? Throw ’em some baksheesh in there, and pronto, so Ian and the crew can a) eat and b) finish the project on time.
I’ve always liked David Bowie, even when I couldn’t stand to look at him at times. The Ziggy Stardust look was interesting, no? But man, Space Oddity is great, and so is Suffragette City, We Could Be Heroes, Jean Genie and lots, lots more. Bowie was looking for a new sound in the early 1980’s and he stumbled upon a blues guitarist who caught his ear at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982. Stevie Ray, needing to eat, signed on with Bowie and cut the album, though later he opted out of touring to promote it.
|My second SRV album|
The album that resulted was released in 1983 and was called Let’s Dance. When it hit the airwaves, I remember hearing Modern Love on the radio and liking it. I didn’t really get to listen to the whole album, you know, with head phones the size of Mission Control headset, until I was in Cairo in late 1984. When I did, I remember wondering, who the heck is this guitar player? He’s got a great sound!
So Let’s Dance was also my very first Stevie Ray Vaughn album. The first of many. How good was Stevie Ray Vaugh? Six Grammys good. What follows are some of my favorite SRV-heavy tracks from this album and a bonus track from a practice session for the Serious Moonlight Tour that Stevie opted out of. It turned out not to have been a career killing idea. We’ll go in order of each songs appearance on the album.
Modern Love. Whoa, I thought to myself, who is this cat on guitar? And come to think of it, I think “modern love” stinks too. Though I had never met it personally myself, I preferred the idea of “old fashioned” love. So I liked this tune from the very beginning.
China Girl. Co-written with Iggy Pop (who recorded it in 1977), it’s a neat little story song that Stevie Ray’s blues guitar style brings up a notch, or two. The original video is a cool little short film too, complete with From Here to Eternity scenes in the surf, etc. I couldn’t find the longer album version though. It’s gone from YouTube forever, I reckon. This one cuts SRV’s solo to almost nothing. Pity.
Let’s Dance. Now we’re cooking! The original album version with all of its jazziness, percussion filled back beats, and, of course, the unfettered SRV blues guitar, for your listening pleasure. Stevie Ray shows he learned a thing or two from producer Nile Rodgers with his guitar playing style here. By this time, I was searching the cassette tape liner notes for the name of the lead guitarist. For the full MTV effect, go check out the little short film on materialism and its dubious benefits here. Otherwise, stay here and go long!
Criminal World. On this track, Bowie covers a tune with fairly dark lyrics. Guess what else? He really lets Stevie Ray spread his wings here. Go get ’em blues man! He really gets going at the fade into the end. That’s ok, because he picks it up on the next song where this one leaves off.
Cat People (Putting Out Fire). The first hit on the album was actually the first single released in conjunction with a film of the same title in 1982. Remember Nastassja Kinski? I hope she settled down and had a happy marriage and a lot of kids. Don’t ruin the dream with facts, please. Anyway, he re-cut it with Stevie Ray’s take on it. SRV shines here too, and I remember thinking that the drummer is very gifted too.
Jean Genie. Stevie Ray Vaugh never toured with David Bowie, though that was the original plan after the studio album was cut. For an idea of how the Serious Moonlight Tour would have sounded like with SRV on the lead guitar, check this out. It’s from the practice session recordings leading up to the tour. The visuals here are awful, but the music? Raucous!
That’s a print! Say a prayer for Stevie Ray’s soul (he died on August 27, 1990 at the age of 35, and today would have been his 57th birthday) and I’ll see you next time.