Yes, this really is how I spent my morning. Poor, sweet Lucydog.
Shot & edited on my iPad 2!
I don’t always watch you. I’ll admit that until last week’s episode, I hadn’t watched you all season. There are several reasons for this, from the unevenness of your writing to the fact that I sometimes wish that your adult characters actually did not exist. Another, though, (and my father is about to collapse from shock) is your myopic musical selection.
I defended you in the beginning. While my dad, a lifelong arts educator, was lamenting the relentlessly pop-oriented vocals and shallow musicality so often a part of “show choir” sensibility, I argued that anything that got teenagers excited about singing was to be placed staunchly in the “good” column. Even your over-produced, auto-tuned, obviously-dubbed performances were well-designed to appeal to audiences unaccustomed to the messier aesthetics of live singing. As long as your message was getting kids into music and revitalizing their schools’ performing arts programs, you were definitely doing your part.
That was then, this is now. [Read more…]
There have been a number of conversations recently, both online and off, that have brought up the question of why people don’t believe in God. In every case, the question has come from someone who does, and among nearly all, there has been a general consensus that the rejection of religion must be caused by something. For those of us who have never believed, however, the question of our atheism is much less “why?” and much more “why not?” Clumsily, I’ll try to explain my own beliefs at least. [Read more…]