The World Series, MySpace Music, Tex-Mex Food, and Marie Osmond

A new blog category debuts today: Synapse Clippings. It’s a place to capture quick-hit thoughts that don’t deserve long entries of their own…kinda like most blogs read.

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I’d like to thank the NFL scheduling gods for placing the Cowboys bye-week in a position where we can actually get news about the World Series in our local Dallas paper.

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Speaking of the World Series, was anybody else touched by the kid from Odessa who got to throw out the first pitch last night?

Here’s how the Boston Globe describe it:

“”It’s amazing,” exclaimed Andrew Madden, a 13-year-old Odessa, Texas, native who emerged from the walkway outside the Red Sox clubhouse yesterday afternoon and saw Fenway Park in person for the first time. “The Green Monster is awesome.”
So was his entire day. The youngster threw out the first pitch last night before Game 2 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. Former Sox right fielder Dwight Evans escorted him.
Madden is a heart transplant recipient who fell in love with the Red Sox during the 2004 playoffs and has been a fan since. He and his surgeon, Kristine Guleserian, a Boston native, created a bond while Madden waited for a new heart. They followed the ’07 Red Sox closely, and Guleserian promised Madden that she would bring him to a game at Fenway if the team made the postseason.”

Nice

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But speaking of the Series again, what was Rudy thinking?!!

He could maybe get away with that if this was Texas. But picking the hated Sox as a New Yorker?
Come on, even I know that’s bad.

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And speaking of New York, you may remember my blog about Tex-Mex. Well, it appears that even the food writer for the New York Times is hooked. And it appears that he has the good taste to suggest Herrera’s as one of the archetypal restaurants. Read it here.
I like the part where the government of Mexico tried to retrain fifty Tex-Mex chefs as to what is actually “Mexican” and what is not.

Know what? We get it. It’s NOT Mexican, it’s Tex-Mex. That was my point.

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This is perhaps the most pitiful headline I’ve ever read.

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Why is this so hard to believe? She’s absolutely right: on a good day, the air in LA is horrible. How much worse with fires raging all around? I remember several years ago when fires in central Mexico choked us here in Dallas for a week.

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Two from the category of “quirky covers you can find on MySpace”…

First there’s Belle Rumore, an all woman band of voilin players who do a really fun cover of Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4.

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Speaking of Chicago’s music and MySpace, here’s their bass player, Jason Scheff, doing an amazing acapella “Stairway to Heaven.”
Jason is the high harmony guy for Chicago so it’s no wonder he can pull this off. (A shout out to his brother, Darin, who I’ve known for many years now, via the fact that
his company hosts this website…)

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One more note about Jason…
This past year, he completed 21-years with Chicago. That’s now officially longer than Peter Cetera, the man he replaced, was ever with the band. Give you some perspective, huh?

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Speaking of Chicago members and MySpace, I meant to tell you all about getting an email from Robert Lamm. Lamm wrote a MySpace blog called “Good Ideas.” You can read it here. The gist of it was to suggest that we can all make the world a better place through the choices we make. As an example, he lifted up mosquito nets for Africa. Well, as you may remember, one of our most successful Connections Band shows was at Walnut Hill UMC last year, where the beneficiary was “Nothing But Nets,” a non-profit dedicated to providing mosquito nets for Africa.

So, I wrote Robert Lamm to tell him that, in a way he couldn’t possibly know, his music had actually been helping on this very issue, in that we raised $4,000 for this very cause by playing his music in a free concert.

A few days later, I got this one line response:

“Thanks for the update, and for getting involved in a real way with the Nothing But Nets effort. Keep on rockin’, my friend!
RL”

Awesome.
Robert Lamm knows about Connections.
Wow.

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For those who doubt the whole MySpace thing, I will observe that it’s an amazing site precisely because a guy like me can communicate with folks like Jason Scheff and Robert Lamm. That don’t happen everyday, and it’s pretty cool when it does.

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And speaking of Connections’ artists, James Taylor’s new CD, “One Man Band,” is now out.
(Is this a play on “One Man Dog?”)

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Finally, speaking of Taylor, and to end where we began (with the World Series), I hope you got to see JT doing the National Anthem last night:

“James Taylor was positively beaming as he stood behind home plate at Fenway Park early Thursday afternoon.

Preparing to rehearse the national anthem, Taylor, born in Boston and a loyal Red Sox fan, submitted his list of elements closely tied to New Englanders.
“We identify ourselves by a number of things,” Taylor said. “Maple sugar, lobsters, the leaves turning, the Boston Tea Party and the Sox. It’s part of our blood.””

Read the whole story here.

You can find the video on this page (October 25th entry)

This gives me chills…

Fenway Park…the Big Green Monster…the Red Sox in the series…a kid from Odessa throwing out the first pitch…James Taylor, playing his Olson and singing the National Anthem…

Could it be cooler?

Go Sox!

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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