Monday, December 12, 2005

Nickel Creek, Narnia...

Last Tuesday, Jonathan, Dad and I (with Pete and his Dad as surprise guests) went to a Nickel Creek concert in Portland. As I’m sure most of you know, it has been very very cold lately, and we froze while waiting in line. After a little while, Jonathan, Pete and I ran off to get some coffee, and ended up in a place called Peet’s Coffee—they charge more than Starbucks. By the time we got back to the line, our coffee was getting a little cool, but downed our $3.30 pretty quick, and they started to let people in. A few burly guys were searching bags—we all got by, but Dad had to convince them that his camera was alright. And then, when we got up into the theater, there were no chairs—we stood for a total of about 4 hours (maybe more). After a long wait, we were dazzled by the overstated skills of violinist Andrew Bird. Finally, Nickel Creek came on stage and started off with the first track off their new album, “When in Rome”—cool song, but the lyrics are weird. Chris Thile was amazing! He played effortlessly, making few (if any) slips even during his antics—if you see any of the pics/video you’ll know what I mean. It was a lot of fun. I just hope the band doesn’t go in the direction Chris seems to want to take them.

On Friday night, the older 5 of us went with Jeff to see the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I was amazed how true it was to the book and its message. The CGI was really cool, and the kids acted surprisingly well. They set up the ending for a follow-up, so they’re bound to make several more. It’s great to see a Christian movie get the popularity and attention its getting.

Along the same lines, PJ is starting on The Hobbit!! After LotR I have no doubt he’ll do a great job.

We have the Gileskirk final tomorrow, so I’m going to recede into my corner to cram. Once school’s off, I may post more often.

Oh, I mentioned J and I were getting pickups installed. We got our instruments back along with an amplifier--they sound great!

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