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My friend, Mike Salva and I created a video for the “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” – They Might Be Giants – music video contest. Here is the video; enjoy! Wish us luck, there are a lot of entries!
Originally published: Sep 8, 2009 @ 21:35
Yes. It is true. I just sold the car of my childhood dreams. This is an actual photo I took shortly after I bought it nearly three years ago. It was a beauty, even if I do say so myself. One might think this was a hard decision to make. One might also suggest that the sale of this car would sadden me, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Please, allow me to explain.
As a child I thought this was the coolest car on the planet. As an adult, I’ve worked hard, saved the money, and bought it. It was fun to drive and a real attention getter. But now that I’ve owned it, I realize “Meh… it’s just a car.” A car that can be door dinged. A car that can be wrecked. A car that can be gone more quickly than I got it. You see, I am a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and, as such, I realize the truth about material possessions. They can make us comfortable here on earth, and they can even be fun. There is nothing wrong with owning things… unless you realize that those things might be hindering you from doing God’s work.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ” Matthew 6:19-21
I will take the money from the sale of the car and do something good with it. Something really good!
Check this BLOG in the coming months to see what we decide to do with it. Thank you Lord for a quick sale! And now, off to do the Lord’s work!
So I’ve decided to start blogging about some of the celebrities I’ve had the opportunity to photograph over the last several years. I won’t be writing about anything negative, only about people I’ve met who I think are decent people despite their celebrity.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Bucky Covington of American Idol fame. This was a really fun shoot and I can’t disclose any of the details yet, but I can show just one of the images that is a set-up shot before the “real shooting” began.
Living in Nashville has it’s perks as a photographer. I enjoy getting to meet a wide variety of people from all walks of life. I don’t write about all of them, only the occasional few who strike me as slightly different… in a good way. I chose to post this image because you can see it in his eyes – life. Bucky is a genuine cut-up and is just full of life; there’s no other way to put it.
Although I’m not a fan of country music… I do like people who treat others with dignity and respect, something I don’t come across every day in dealing with people who live in the spotlight. I’ve met more than a few celebrities along the way around-whom-the-world-revolves, or so they think. Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Covington; glad to find you’re not one of those people.
More info and photos on the shoot posted here.
More rain and flooding than I’ve ever seen in Tennessee. Our neighborhood, which isn’t even in a flood plain, had its own share of flooding. The house diagonally across the street from my house was flooded up to the windows on the first floor. Another house down the street caught in fire and the family was trapped because of the flooding. Fortunately, the family was rescued by our amazing firefighters in Brentwood. Here are a couple of photos of the house a couple houses down from mine. Wow. Click on the photos and notice the water level on the lower window. Yikes!
Being a photographer definitely has it’s perks. Among them is meeting and hanging out with some cool people. Yesterday, I met a bunch of famous people at the rehearsal for an event I’m shooting. The highlight of my day was talking to Billy Cox, the former bass player for none other than Jimi Hendrix. But Billy is so much more than just “Jimi’s bass player”. He is an incredible musician in his own right and will be inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame tonight.
Congratulations, Billy, on your well deserved induction. And thanks for the photo op!
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
I know little about Edmond Burke’s religious views, but I must agree wholeheartedly with his outlook on complacency. When the good people of the world see things that are wrong and do nothing about it, I believe that we share in the guilt of the offender. To see a wrong and stand idly by is to participate in the wrong doing. Read the following verses from the book of Matthew and see if you agree.
31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41″Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44″They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45″He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46″Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
What this means is that our complacency in doing good works and combating evil is condemned by Christ himself! Get up out of your chairs… do something good in the world. And, by all means, when you see something wrong, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Although works do not earn salvation, they certainly should be evidence of it!
My name is Royce DeGrie. I am 37 years old and I learned today that my children are Digital Natives and I am a Digital Immigrant. Guess I never thought of it that way since I’ve been around computers since I was about 12 years old. Got my first computer (a used Commodore 64) as a gift from my brother and I’ve been hooked ever since. Although I’ve never seen the point of writing a bunch of random things about my life as I couldn’t imagine who might want to read it… here I am, writing my first BLOG. We’ll see where this goes.
So, as my inaugural BLOG, I thought I’d share 25 random things about myself to share with you, the reader, some of the things that have made me who I am today.
25 Random Things About Me:
#1- I hate the word “random” when used improperly. Actually, I hate any word used improperly.
#2- I have way too many pet peeves to list here… lots of things annoy me.
#3- One of those pet peeves is getting friend requests on social networking sites from people I don’t know. If I don’t know you, you can’t be a friend, can you?
#4- I love fishing and the outdoors in general but I hate rain.
#5- I am a follower of Jesus Christ, cleverly disguised as a photographer, graphic designer, illustrator.
#6- I have a very large tattoo on my right arm… and I bet you can’t guess what it is.
#7- I am a stock photographer/illustrator, which means I take photos and create drawing and I sell them to be used in advertising. Images like this:
#8- I am very happily married to the greatest woman I have ever known. We met in college, the very first day and the very first class. We didn’t start dating until a year later. I’ve never looked back. She’s amazing.
#9- I set a goal to be working in full-time ministry within a year, God willing. It happened in about 7 months. :D
#10- At 28 years of age I had a sudden cardiac arrest and woke up with an ICD – Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, which I have had for 9 years now. The only explanation I was given is that it was an “Electrophysiological Malfunction” of the heart. Say that ten times fast!
#11- While in high school and college, I liked to jump off of very high cliffs into water. While in Junior High School, I jumped from a 60′ railroad bridge into the water below because a train was coming. Not smart.
#12- I once bought a pair of stolen speakers and traded them for a hand gun at my high school. As the guy gave me the gun he said “Uh, you’re not gonna kill anybody with that, are you?” Definitely not smart!
#13- I think I am the most normal person I know. My wife disagrees.
#14- I play guitar. One of my guitars is a 1968 Fender Coronado. I got it autographed by Ted Nugent. He was cool but it annoyed me that he called it a “Corona”. That’s a beer, Ted… not my guitar.
#15- I had the opportunity to shoot a private interview with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. I got to meet him, shake his hand, and get my picture taken with him. He was totally coherent, intelligent, and down-right gentlemanly… it was a real pleasure to meet him. I’ve love the Stones for over 20 years and that was one of the highlights of my life.
On the same night, I met Percy Sledge, George Jones, Melinda Doolittle, Barbara Mandrell, The Crickets – J. I. Allison, Sonny Curtis, and Joe B. Mauldin, Duane Eddy, and Kid Rock.
#16- I love quotes. Here are some of my favorites:
“A lie gets halfway around the world before
the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
-Sir Winston Churchill
“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch
you must first invent the universe.” – Albert Einstein
“Do, or do not. There is no try.”
-Yoda (“The Empire Strikes Back”)
The difference between ‘involvement ‘ and ‘commitment’
is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’
- the pig was ‘committed’.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.”
“The artist is nothing without the gift,
but the gift is nothing without the work.” -Emile Zola
“When you do common things in an uncommon way,
you will attract the attention of the world.”
-George Washington Carver
“Well done is better than well said.”
“Whether you think you can, or that you can’t,
you are usually right.” -Henry Ford
And, my favorite: “The true measure of a man is how he treats
someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
#17. My dream car as a child was a red Corvette, C3 body style. I now own a red 1979 Corvette with t-tops and I realize, “Meh… it’s just a car.”.
#18. In 2008, I traveled to Moldova and to Turkey (with people I hardly knew at all) as a photojournalist to document some of the people affected by human trafficking. I met some amazing people there and learned that I never want to step foot in the country of Turkey again as long as I live.
#19. Over the last 9 years I have had various and sundry medical issues which have included: sudden cardiac arrest, strange numbness and tingling of my arms and legs, vertigo (5 times), ruptured ear drums (both at one time!), bad moles removed, a back injury (I have no idea how it happened), and depression from all of the things that have gone wrong. I’m sure I left something out.
#20- I have overcome the depression with the knowledge that ALL things are possible through Christ who strengthens me! Woo-hoo!
#21- I am a self-proclaimed, card-carrying geek and I am proud of it! I love being a geek. My brother gave me his old Commodore 64 computer when I was 12 years old and I was hooked from the first time I used it.
#22- I can fix just about anything. My dad and grandfather taught me so much about “handyman” stuff when I was a kid that I’m not afraid to tackle any project. (Thanks, Dad!) If I set my mind to it, I can do just about anything. My youngest daughter thinks this means I am superman and can build or fix anything. When she breaks things, she says “It’s okay, daddy can fix it.”.
#23- I sincerely believe that you cannot help but be successful doing something you love to do.
#24- I hate it when people use the word “retarded” as synonym for the word stupid. In fact, I hate it when people make fun of anyone with a disability and think it is funny.
#25- I think mean people suck.