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http://www.voteforjoe.com [27 Oct 2004|04:46pm]
this is probably the only political statement you'll ever see me make. Even if you've got your mind set on who you're going to vote for, go check out "Average Joe's" site at: http://www.voteforjoe.com

I hope everyone is well!! Have a safe and joyous All Hallow's Eve :) We'll be playing at "Uncommon Ground" in Chicago on the 29th.

Yours truly,
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beautiful [30 Aug 2004|04:17pm]
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website updates [13 Aug 2004|09:31pm]
hey gang,

we just put up a brand-new isidore records website: www.isidorerecords.com. check it out -- we posted lots of mp3s to our "distro" page (not just joyful sorrow mp3s but mp3s from other bands we distribute) and also recently added a bulletin board for discussions of all kinds. please stop by! also check out the joyful sorrow page (www.joyfulsorrow.com), b/c i've added new mp3s there, too.

a Dios!
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oops... [10 Aug 2004|11:17am]
The *cathedral* in San Fran. is actually called "Joy *of* All Who Sorrow". Please forgive me for the typo :)

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oh yeah! [10 Aug 2004|11:13am]
I forgot to say why I felt compelled to share the quote! Well, I recently came back from a trip out West to California. While I was out there, I was able to visit the relics of St. John Maximovich at the "Joy for All Who Sorrow" church just within city limits. The church was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful -- simply the most beautiful work created by human hands! Its beauty comes close to the beauty of the Redwoods, which are near to the church and of course *not* created by human hands (I'm trying to be apophatic here...)... Well, I felt a great peace being in the presence of St. John's relics which I know would spook many people out.. I brought along friends who had not before visited an Orthodox church (as far as I know) and I believe they were moved as well. We've been so captivated by what I'll call "Neon Culture" that we can really be moved if we take a moment to be in silence at a place like the church we visited or a forest or anywhere away from city clanging. Oh what a wonderful time I had while traveling...thankfully... Did I mention that St. John's relics are incorrupt, meaning his skin is still preserved? It was quite miraculous to see.

Enjoy this Beautiful Day :)
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just had to share... [10 Aug 2004|11:03am]
"Holiness is not simply righteousness, for which the righteous merit the enjoyment of blessedness in the Kingdom of God, but rather such a height of righteousness that men are filled with the grace of God to the extent that it flows from them upon those who associate with them. Great is their blessedness; it proceeds from personal experience of the Glory of God. Being filled also with love for men, which proceeds from love of God, they are responsive to men's needs, and upon their supplication they appear also as intercessors and defenders for them before God."

-Saint John Maximovitch II of San Francisco (+1966)
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last quote before leaving [30 Jun 2004|02:48pm]
snatched from "Against the Accusation of Hubris: A Consideration of the Nature of Non-Liturgical Art and the Potential of Grace" by Ephrem Christopher Walborn (http://arts.tuirgin.com)

"In creating these bright shadows, Tolkien was to some extent also divesting the modern age of its darkness of skeptical materialism. His mythologies were not intended for church usage. They were not intended to supplant the liturgy or to further the cult of the poet. The realm in which he was contending was specifically and explicitly the realm of the world at large, not the religious world per se. He did not feel it his obligation to preach, but surely he was a confessor of the Incarnation of Christ and the Redemption of mankind. It must be admitted that at times the implicit word goes further into the hard heart than does the explicit—for what other reason did Christ speak parables?—so that those who would hear could, and those who would not were spared greater torment from their sinful nature.

I have great difficulty understanding why non-liturgical art must be completely devoid of the eschatological dimension. Naturally this dimension is more obviously, more directly present in liturgical art. But why must non-liturgical be purely of this world? To me this seems redolent of Platonism’s aspersions of the material world and against mimesis.

In a world in which the Creator took on the flesh and became, Himself, the second Adam4 all denigrations of matter are uprooted and overturned. Nothing is as it was under the dominion of the demons. Every human action that does not found itself on sin becomes sacred. Chewing my meal, sweeping the floor, dusting the furniture all become imbued with grace. How much more, then, does the creation of songs, poems, stories, and paintings become an action of grace and love if the love of God is constantly surging through one’s arteries with every contraction of the heart—“grace upon grace”, just as the blood is pumped from the heart through the arteries to the lungs then returns through the veins back to the heart. Our love of God makes itself known in everything that we do, whether or not it is in a self-conscious and explicit fashion."

my last post before heading out for a couple of weeks (cornerstone, chicagoland & san francisco -- why I've been thinking about St. John so much lately. I hope to vernerate his sepulchre!)
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another quote I really enjoy... [29 Jun 2004|01:46pm]
From Archbishop Kallistos Ware's (of Great Britain) article entitled: "The Spiritual Father in Orthodox Christianity":

'My second example is Archbishop John (Maximovich), Russian bishop in Shanghai, in Western Europe, and finally in San Francisco (+1966). Little more than a dwarf in height, with tangled hair and beard, and with an impediment in his speech, he possessed more than a touch of the "Fool in Christ." From the time of his profession as a monk, he did not lie down on a bed to sleep at night; he went on working and praying, snatching his sleep at odd moments in the 24 hours. He wandered barefoot through the streets of Paris, and once he celebrated a memorial, service among the tram lines close to the port of Marseilles. Punctuality had little meaning for him. Baffled by his unpredictable behavior, the more conventional among his flock sometimes judged him to be unsuited for the administrative work of a bishop. But with his total disregard of normal formalities he succeeded where others, relying on worldly influence and expertise, had failed entirely—as when, against all hope and in the teeth of the "quota" system, he secured the admission of thousands of homeless Russian refugees to the U.S.A.

'In private conversation he was very gentle, and he quickly won the confidence of small children. Particularly striking was the intensity of his intercessory prayer. When possible, he liked to celebrate the Divine Liturgy daily, and the service often took twice or three times the normal space of time, such was the multitude of those whom he commemorated individually by name. As he prayed for them, they were never mere names on a lengthy list, but always persons. One story that I was told is typical. It was his custom each year to visit Holy Trinity Monastery at Jordanville, N.Y. As he left, after one such visit, a monk gave him a slip of paper with four names of those who were gravely ill. Archbishop John received thousands upon thousands of such requests for prayer in the course of each year. On his return to the monastery some twelve months later, at once he beckoned to the monk, and much to the latter's surprise, from the depths of his cassock Archbishop John produced the identical slip of paper, now crumpled and tattered. "I have been praying for your friends," he said, "but two of them"—he pointed to their names—"are now dead and the other two have recovered." And so indeed it was.

'Even at a distance he shared in the concerns of his spiritual children. One of them, superior of a small Orthodox monastery in Holland, was sitting one night in his room, unable to sleep from anxiety over the problems which faced him. About three o'dock in the morning, the telephone rang; it was Archbishop John, speaking from several hundred miles away. He had rung to say that it was time for the monk to go to bed.

'Such is the role of the spiritual father. As Varsanuphius expressed it, "I care for you more than you care for yourself."'

-- The Joyful Sorrow song "San Francisco" was loosely inspired by the life of St. John Maximovich. May he eternally pray for us!'
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[29 Jun 2004|11:45am]

Great Quote!
St. John, pray for us!!
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new cd! [27 Jun 2004|07:19pm]
it's done! check out our new cd! www.joyfulsorrow.com. xoxo
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stuff [31 May 2004|11:29pm]
so summer is really kicking into full gear already...things are getting busier and busier, with lots of traveling and events and whatnot. we're hoping to start recording some new stuff tomorrow -- we really have to scramble because we want to have it done by the end of june. we're going to record four songs for a "demo" to use for who knows what. we're changing and we need something new to "represent" our newer sound.

on a different note, we saw braid last thursday. woah, was that weird. i mean, i've been to a few shows in the last few years (although it's been harder and harder to go out, what with our babies and all) but this was different. it was such a strange reunion, seeing all these kids from the old days. i can't believe it's been over four years since braid broke up. how things have changed in those four years!

oh hey, we're going to go to cornerstone this year (as fans, not as performers) -- is anyone else going? maybe we can hook up!

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interview w/Sufjan [02 May 2004|03:31pm]
I found this Q & A response by Sufjan Stevens interesting in the most recent issue of Relevant Magazine (www.relevantmagazine.com):

[RM:] Do you approach your music as a “ministry”—something that you can offer others? Or do you make music because you feel compelled to do so in order to express yourself? Or is it some combination of those?

[SS:] The word “ministry” is so institutional and cold. I wouldn’t touch that word with a stick. But I do believe we are made with particular inclinations, particular gifts. I hardly think we chose these things, but we are not limited to them at all. It is both mysterious and genetic. I think freedom is a bluff. Especially in this country, we pride ourselves on the independence of the mind. But we are so narrow and mechanized. We spend our lives conditioned by society, working in cubicles, zombies at the computer, shopping in strip malls, franchise clothing stores, Starbucks coffee. I’m talking about myself here. We’ve lost our inheritance. We’re so uncreative. We’re Night of the Living Dead. All I’m asking is that we put off all this crappy fashion and get going on what we were made to do. Wake up, you zombies! Do you really want to contribute to the decline of civilization!?

You can see the post in its entirety at:

Christ is Risen!
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joyful sorrow news [18 Mar 2004|09:58pm]
[ mood | calm ]

it's been quiet on the joyful sorrow front for a while now, but things are starting to pick up again. we're going to get some airplay on an XM radio station; we have a radio show in June, another possible show in April (TBA), and a possible "video" courtesy of Karen Tsiakals (our good friend and member of the band u.v. protectionfor the HDTV channel "moovlab", and more. check out our website (www.joyfulsorrow.com) for details. we also created a site for our record label, isidore records, through which we may release a comp (a collaborative effort with somewhere cold zine) and another joyful sorrow cd in the next year. i also finally got around to moving my infrequently-updated e-zine .notperfect. to the joyfulsorrow site. so anyway. we've been very busy.


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sale sale sale! [15 Dec 2003|11:27am]
sale sale sale! :) - (what kind of journal entry is this??)

Thanks to all those who have already taken advantage of the Joyful Sorrow Christmas sale!

I just thought I'd send out one *last* reminder about this "crazy" deal b/c it will all be over on 12/20/2003... probably not again until Christmas 2004.

As you may or may not recall, we're selling the Joyful Sorrow debut, Velvet Blue Music - New Land comp., Cross Culture project comp. and Joyful Sorrow tshirt at real low prices for a limited time only.

For more info see: www.joyfulsorrow.com

Thanks Again!
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truly sad... [22 Oct 2003|03:20pm]

May his memory be eternal...
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another quote [22 Oct 2003|09:23am]
'On the US dollar and all over here it says "In God we trust" everywhere. For all the talk of God there is in our White House and in our culture there's not very much spirituality or religion, there's just a lot of selfishness and laziness like: I would sure like to have these cool new shoes, but I don't want to think about who made them and what their life is like.'

- Tim Kinsella, Joan of Arc - interview w/VRT Radio 1, Cucamonga
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a couple nice quotes from Alan Sparhawk of LOW [08 Oct 2003|02:33pm]
"It's easier to get into the door of someone's psyche with "small talk" music (cars, chicks, etc.), but I think if even just a few people connect on a deeper level, it's better than a million on a shallow level."

"We have no agenda. We're just trying to make honest and beautiful music. It just so happens that the most honest and beautiful things in life usually have a spiritual nature."

- Alan Sparhawk, from the band "Low" in an interview with Envy13,
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news and stuff [01 Oct 2003|04:08pm]
well, it looks like we won't be playing shows for a while after mid october, as we set to work on our next recording. we already have six songs written, with more to come. right now we're looking for a label to release our cd, which will hopefully be done by the end of this year. any label suggestions? our next cd will be simpler, less produced, with better vocals and guitar work but fewer instruments. It will probably sound more like our live show -- vocal harmonies, guitar, light percussion -- with maybe a few other instruments here and there. we're particularly interested in having a cellist play on a song or two, so if you know anyone with that ability, let us know.

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New Joyful Sorrow Site, etc. [13 Sep 2003|12:02am]
We recently moved our website to our own domain. Folks can now check out information regarding Joyful Sorrow at: www.joyfulsorrow.com.

Also, we've been mourning the loss of many precious lives these days. Our friend, Matt Davis (of Ten Grand), Johnny Cash and John Ritter -- just to name a few. It's so hard to watch people leave this life...
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Joyful Sorrow @ Cornerstone 2003 [03 Jul 2003|12:30am]
[ mood | excited ]

God willing, we are planning to play (last minute decision) a few songs as Joyful Sorrow at Cornerstone Music Festival on July 4th, 2003 somewhere near the Art Rageous/Creation Station tent at 3:30pm.

Many Blessings,

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