Theme Music for a Great Man!

by danlord4444 on April 15, 2014

Hi again! I wrote and recorded a theme for Pope John Paul II–it’s not a song, but a classical music-style anthem. In other words: it’s me, but kind of channeling John Williams, and I bet you’ll like it. Besides, John Paul II NEEDS A THEME SONG! As you know, he is being officially declared a saint of the Catholic Church on April 27 (so is Pope John XXIII, who is also a marvelous fellow, but John Paul II is the MAN, and I credit him with helping me out of the dark pit that used to be my life. Veritatis Splendor still gets me choked up when I read it)!

O.K. so, if you would like to have the John Paul II Theme for FREE then just sign up on the Dan Lord Mailing List over there on the sidebar. Next week (just in time to get you stoked for the canonization!) I will email the Theme to all you excited people who have signed up! Fun!

In the meantime: it’s Holy Week, people! Stop complaining, love everybody even though everything hurts and you feel like freaking out about whatever that scary thing is that is casting a shadow over your life. Pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Then, on Easter Sunday: WHAMMO! Chocolate eggs. And the spiritual equivalent thereof. It’s easy!*

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*And also very, very difficult

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The New Dan Lord Mailing List and My New Novel!

by danlord4444 on April 2, 2014

Be on the Dan Lord Mailing List! There’s the sign up form, over there on the sidebar. Tantalizing, isn’t it?

See, I have all sorts of songs, stories, and artistic curiosities from the depths of my Noodle—the “Old Loaf” as it’s sometimes known—that I want to share with That Strangest of Wars fans!

This is a cool new thing, I think. I’ve done a pretty fair job of proving that I’m not very good at being the reliable, productive kind of blogger that the blogosphere generally demands, and I wouldn’t want you to think there’s nothing going on over here in between days (“in between days”? Snap, was that a Cure reference? Forget it…move on).

So, if you own an email account, and you like surprises, and if you are a human being—then sign up! You’ll like it!

AND…here’s some news from the World of Books: I have a new book coming out this year!

I’m not talking about that Marriage book I mentioned here (though you should keep your eyes peeled for that, as well). I mean an all-new, full-length book and—get this—it’s FICTION!

That’s right, people. Without you knowing it, I’ve spent the past few years swimming in the deep end of the Pool of Fiction, staying up late, scribbling away while the kids were sleeping, not shaving, planning out fictional places with fictional characters who go on fictional adventures. And you wonder why I never have any money.

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image credit: www.worlds.ru

Anyway, prepare yourselves as you may for my forthcoming novel, By the Downward Way. This is Book 1 of what I am calling The Koppersmith Story. It is haunting, thrilling, whimsical and thought-provoking all at the exact same time, and I believe you will thoroughly enjoy it. Much of it takes place on a mysterious island, not unlike the one pictured here. I will keep you posted!

In the meantime: sign up for the Dan Lord Mailing List! Cheers!

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The Mentalist “Red John” Review!

by danlord4444 on December 3, 2013

The Mentalist_ Season 6It happened, in case you didn’t know. Patrick Jane, the protagonist of one of my all-time fave T.V. shows The Mentalist, finally defeated Red John, the serial killer who murdered Jane’s wife and daughter.

Many were unhappy with the episode. They thought it was a big let-down. James Hibberd over at Entertainment Weekly did a great review that echoed that opinion.

Interestingly, he referenced Seven, a deranged film from the ancient 1990s about another serial killer named John Doe (which I suspect is a completely falsified name). Anyway, in Seven, Morgan Freeman’s character states that John Doe cannot possibly live up to their expectations and that (according to Mr. Hibberd) is part of what’s wrong with the Red John episode: after so many years of build-up, Red John can’t live up to our expectations.

But consider: for people who buy into the romantic mythos of the Serial Killer, Seven’s John Doe does live up to the expectations that director David Fincher creates. John Doe is unstoppably brilliant, and transcendentally amazing. He is every bit the unearthly avenging angel of death that he wants everyone to believe he is. And he wins. The good guys lose. They are outsmarted, out maneuvered, and in the end goodness and innocence are destroyed and the supernaturally evil villain carries out his plan exactly the way he wanted.

And this is how our culture has come to regard serial killers. There is an entire movie genre for them now. They are profoundly evil, and we love them. We are thrilled by them. They seem to us almost pure in their horrifying vileness, and in possession of a power that seems to have few limits.

What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is wrong with us?

ustv-the-mentalist-s05-e08-4That’s what I found so fascinating about Patrick Jane’s final confrontation with Red John. People called it ‘boring’—but it’s only boring if you’ve come to accept the lie that Serial Killers are super-powered wraiths like John Doe and Hannibal Lecter.

In the end, though, we see that evil is repulsively…mundane. Red John isn’t Darth Vader. He’s “just a deranged, sexually perverted sociopath with delusions of grandeur” (that’s a slightly paraphrased quote). When Jane finally kills him, it’s in a beautiful park, with green grass and a gentle breeze blowing and unsuspecting families playing nearby.

I don’t know about you guys, but that says a lot to me. In the end, the Mythic Evil Fiend is just a freak who wants attention. He’s a blot, a temporary aberration. Beauty and goodness are what is real and lasting. When Red John finally gets hunted down, he just lies there, helpless, bleeding, pathetically begging to be spared. Jane finishes him off, and then leaves him there to rot away and be forgotten. That’s important for us to remember. I appreciate a great villain as much as anyone, maybe more so—but villains shouldn’t become our heroes, and I’m afraid for many of us they kind of…have.

Anyway, those are my thoughts, and I’m sure we can all agree that I’ve spent far too much time expressing them here. I’d love to hear what you wonderful people thought!

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Marriage Thoughts From the Cutting Room Floor

October 22, 2013

Sometimes things just don’t make the final cut of a project. There is a book on marriage coming out at some point in the not-too-distant future, published by OSV, to which Hallie and I have contributed a chapter. The following is a section that ended up on the chopping block, and I thought you might […]

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Time and Space…

August 2, 2013

“Each one of us needs time and space for recollection, meditation and calmness…Thanks be to God that this is so! In fact, this need tells us that we are not made for work alone, but also to think, to reflect or even simply to follow with our minds and our hearts a tale, a story in […]

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The Word You’re Searching For is “Wonky”

July 7, 2013

Thank you for stopping by my incomplete tumbledown site filled from one end to the other with missing images and links that don’t work! The That Strangest of Wars Production Team is as busy as a hive of radioactive bees unwonkifying things, and when they are done: WHAMMO! That Strangest of Wars will have an […]

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Francesco Flavored Friday Foto!

May 31, 2013

A big thank you to Cyrus Johnson for coming up with a very fine image!

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