Friday, December 30, 2011

We Are The World - 2010

I'm not sure how I missed this but I'm glad I found it. It's a remake of the classic "We Are The World". Recorded in the same studio as the original, 25 years later and Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones are back directing the stars and mixing the audio.

To be honest, I don't recognize alot of the artists. Put Christian artists in the group and I could tag them all!

There's two things I don't like. First, the length. It's about 3 minutes longer than the original and for me that's 3 minutes too long. Secondly, Michael Jackson's chorus is edited in and it's unnecessary. The starpower of the group is more than enough.

It's a fabulous group of people and some of the original artists are back - Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles. Newcomers like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Randy Jackson and Usher are mixed in with the legends. Celine Dion takes on Cindi Lauper's classic line and it's awesome. I think I even spotted Al Jardine from the Beach Boys in the chorus.

My favourite part is Jamie Foxx singing Ray Charles' lyric line! He absolutely nails it!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Dentist

Yesterday was my first "cleaning" in 14 months. Is that too long? My dentist says I should be coming every 4 months. Who wants to go to the dentist that often? Plus the follow-up appointments for fillings and crowns. It's no wonder our benefits cost so much! Every four months, yeeeesh!

So, I'm in the chair and she's poking me with sharp objects to make my gums bleed. "Scott, your gums are bleeding!" No kidding. "Maybe if you didn't jab your spear into my gums they wouldn't!"

Next is the seminar about flossing. I have dozens and dozens of these cute little sample floss packs stuffed in the bathroom drawer next to the mosquito repellent. Maybe one day I'll put them on e-bay and make some money. She asks, "How's your flossing, Scott?" I tell her - "it's consistent". Well - that's the truth.

Then, she lectures me about my negligent cleaning appointments. "If you don't come every four months you will have many health problems."

"Oh really" I said and rolled my eyes. Here we go.

"Without good periodontal health you could have a stroke..." A stroke? Are you kidding me? I'll have a stroke if I don't get a cleaning every four months?! She continues, "You can get respiratory infections, heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes."

I couldn't keep my yap shut, partly because I was chocking on her elbow which was halfway down my throat. Somehow I managed to mumble - "all you doctors use scare tactics to get us back in the office. I'll pass".

"Well, you need to make a decision today. Every four months or every nine months. It's a big decision and I'm telling you for the good of your health. You can't take this lightly."


"Consider your options and make the best decision."

I said, "Huh, listen lady, I'm not buying a car! It's just teeth cleaning!" Yeeeesh!

After all the chemicals and pokers and xrays I left to pay my enormous bill. The secretary took my visa card and pleasantly asked me - "so, have you made a decision?"

A decision? Like accepting the Lord to be my Saviour? Come on - it's just teeth for crying out loud! "Yes I have made the big decision - it's gonna be every 36 months - goodbye!"

It's time for a new dentist.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

LIFE 100.3 Staff Christmas Party

Another spectacular LIFE 100.3 Christmas Party with the staff. A magic performance by Sawyer Bullock, music by Handsome and Gretyl, "The Price Is Right" game by Crystal Summers, "The 12 Days of Christmas" video by AJ the Wonderdog and lots of turkey! Here are a few photo memories.

Treasure House owner and Trust Communications Director Bob Fitzgibbon, with Joy Fitzgibbon and LIFE's Steve Jones.

Magician Sawyer Bullock amazing us with card tricks, rope knots and slight of hand. Nice!

Rozz Maassarany, Maria Lopez, Tim Maassarany, Gabrielle VanDyk and "The Price Is Right" hostess Crystal Summers.

Emile Dugard with LIFE's Jordan Cruz.

Office Manager Janice Baird and husband/Station Manager Scott Jackson.

Handsome and Gretyl performing "Darlin'"

Artist Chris Bray with his wife Katie, Street Team volunteer Billy Chase and Slam Host Evan Duran.

Brian Cathline and his wife/Receptionist Marliene.

Breakfast Club host Ben Davy and his wife Rachelle.

"Ask The Pastor" host Andrew Roberston, with AJ The Wondedog and producer Tim VanDyk.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

End Of The Year Favourites

I love the Top 50 countdown! Maybe this is a bit obsessive, but I've been listening to end-of the-year radio countdowns since I was about 11 years old. Seriously. I would listen every new year's eve to 1050 CHUM as they played back their top 100 hits and I would tape the whole 8 hour show on cassettes.

Then when I got into radio. The tradition continues but it was my turn to produce a hit list. And - I get to be the host!

Be listening December 31 at Noon to LIFE 100.3!

Here are some of my favourites from 2011:

Safe To Say/To Tell
Up Down/The Ambassador
So Far Away/House Of Heroes
Only You/Dan Bremnes
Blessings/Laura Story
Broken Glass/Silverline
Knockin' On My Door/B. Reith
I Refuse/Josh Wilson
More Each Day/Chris Bray

Show Stopper/Deitrick Haddon
Loud/George Moss

Friday, December 9, 2011


Here's the new ride coming to Wonderland next summer! Wooooo.....

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another Christian Movie with Randy Wayne?

There's a new movie you might be interested in. "Hardflip". It stars Randy Wayne who played Jake in "To Save A Life" and his co-star is Sean Michael Afable who played his friend Jonny (the kid drops his ice cream cone). John Schneider also stars.

It looks like a Christian movie. It would be nice to see Randy Wayne back in a good wholesome movie after some of the junk he's done recently.

I was in Los Angeles last year, at this skate park off Santa Monica pier during the filming. I didn't see these stars - just the skater pros doing tricks and the film crew.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Peter Furler and Building 429

If you follow Christian music, you probably know that Peter Furler is no longer with the Newsboys, although he still writes songs and remains connected with the business side.
As a soloist, he is on tour and made a stop tonight in Barrie, at Mapleview Church. The show was a surprise to me. Peter Furler singing in a church? Isn't he more of a arena or stadium performer? I guess not.

Tonight's show was big. Big lights, big sound. In fact the sound was fabulous!

I missed Me In Motion - the opening act. Building 429 was excellent. Great songs about faith.

Singer Jason Roy spent alot of time talking to the crowd, enjoying the crowd, bouncing from stage right to stage left. Their set concluded with a pitch for World Vision by Jason, who is truly a dynamic speaker. He talked about how he never wanted to sponsor a kid because the pitch from the speaker seemed manipulative to get people to respond. That is until he saw first hand kids in third world countries and how a sponsorship can make big changes. Jason is a great ambassador for World Vision and a gifted speaker. Even my pastor said so!

After a long intermission (so we could spend lots of money on merch) Peter Furler came out with a small 3-piece band. Thanks to the Nashville music track and gang vocals, the sound was big. I'm not sure if the audience never noticed the incredible back-up vocals that weren't coming from the stage - or maybe they don't care. I also think it's funny.

The setlist was half solo material and half Newsboys. It was well-balanced. "Way Beyond Myself" was a treat to hear.

Peter, still with the guyliner and dressing in black, still giving that sinister expression like he might snap at any moment.

What is truly funny is the audience was mostly 30-40 year olds. And nobody seems to notice the guyliner on the 40-year old bald performer.

The show rocked! I can't believe it was in a church, not an arena.