Maurer's Music Mayhem

Blue Like Jazz & Steve Taylor

April 27th, 2012

I’m a huge fan of Steve Taylor. So when he started working on the Donald Miller movie Blue Like Jazz, I knew I had to be involved. I bought the Blue Like Jazz book, although I never read and still haven’t finished reading the book. I jumped on the Kickstarter campaign and became a supporter. I went to the movie on opening night (never done that before). I enjoyed the movie a lot. And I’ve watched as this little independent movie has received some great press.

But for me, the star of this movie was Steve Taylor…

And now, I found this promo for the movie which, in my humble opinion, is the best movie promotion I’ve every seen… because Steve Taylor is in it? Maybe. Or maybe I’m his corny humor matches mine.  Anyway… enjoy this YouTube clip of the Steve Taylor Master Class: Directing Actors on Set.

Questions About You!!!!

July 31st, 2011

Can You Fill These Out Without Lying?

Can you fill this out without lying? You’ve been tagged, so now you need to answer all the questions HONESTLY. At the end, choose at least 8 people to be tagged. Don’t forget to tag me!

To do this, copy this entire message, then go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, delete my answers, and type yours.

1.What was the last thing you put in your mouth? Tooth Brush

2.Where was your profile picture taken? At my Emidor office as a promo for a client.

3.Can you play Guitar Hero? Yup, but Kara beats me every time.

4.Name someone who made you laugh today? Jen

5.How late did you stay up last night and why? 11:00 pm – watching Old Fashioned Festival fireworks

6.If you could move somewhere else, would you? Maybe Colorado, but I love Oregon

7. Ever been kissed under fireworks? Yes, Jen’s and my first official date

8. Which of your friends lives closest to you? Nauman family

9. Do you believe ex’s can be friends? Yes

10. How do you feel about Dr Pepper? Love it! But I’ve cut out carbonated beverages, so haven’t had one in 6 months

11. When was the last time you cried really hard? Don’t remember. I tear up at the drop of a hat, though

12. Who took your profile picture? Kara

13. Who was the last person you took a picture of? Pam, showing off our new digital schedule display at work

14. Was yesterday better than today? Nah

15. Can you live a day without TV? Yup – bring on the GeoCaches!

16. Are you upset about anything? No

17. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it? Uh Huh

18. Are you a bad influence? I’m probably the wrong person to ask

19. Night out or night in? Depends on who with and what the occaision is

20. What items could you not go without during the day? HTC EVO 4G & mi ropa

21. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital? Jen – in Washington DC

22. What does the last text message in your inbox say? “Good you got reference”

23. How do you feel about your life right now? Life is good

24. Do you hate anyone? Nope

25. If we were to look in your facebook in box, what would we find? Contacts with musicians, plans for get-togethers with friends, and love notes to my kiddos and Jen

26. Say you were given a drug test right now, would you pass? Always

27. Has anyone ever called you perfect before? No way!

28. What song is stuck in your head? “You’re All I Needed” – the Allies (the KFOX morning show edition)

29. Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m., who do you want it to be? Someone with a VERY good reason for waking me up

30.Wanna have grandkids by the time you’re 50? Either way is fine with me

31. Name something you have to do tomorrow? Prepare payroll

32. Do you think too much or too little? I’m always thinkin’

33. Do you smile a lot? I like to think so

Creative Statistics

December 10th, 2010

I’m a sucker for statistics. But unfortunately explaining those statistics to non-numbers people can be a challenge.

Check out this great explanation of economic growth by Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes.

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob

November 30th, 2010

A flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.

This YouTube video isn’t pointless at all. And it sure made my day. I hope it adds a bit of holiday cheer for you this Christmas season.

Awful Sounds

September 16th, 2010

I’m not sure what made me think of this… but being a music buff, I’m very aware of sound. And there are just some sounds that drive me up the wall. So for no other reason than to make a list, here it goes:

My least favorite sounds (in no particular order)

  • Shuffling shoes … pick up your feet, man
  • Chewing with your mouth open … sound you can see… yech
  • Out of tune singers … singing flat isn’t sharp
  • Car squeaks and rattles … is my car falling apart
  • Fingernails on Styrofoam … makes me cringe just thinking about it