I strongly agree with this great post about my favorite comic book hero, Superman.

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It may sound counterintuitive to pity a superhuman with near-godlike abilities, but Superman just can’t catch a break.

DC Comics has tacked on one gimmick after another to string along comic book readers for decades — de-powering him, killing him, turning him into a blue energy being, changing his costume, giving him a badass attitude with a serious chip on his shoulder… they’ve tried it all.

Meanwhile, the films have been similarly schizophrenic, indecisive in their reverence towards the original 1978 Donner film or the Christopher Nolan Batman films, never considering there might be a third option.

And on television, the Superman IP has been pigeonholed into cheesy soap operas like Lois and Clark or Smallville that choose to focus more on relationship issues or teen angst than the blue-and-red tights source material.  Heck, even on the show Supergirl, Superman’s televised appearance is relegated to being unconscious for two episodes so that Kara can save…

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This is often what pre-service looks like for me. I warmed up by rehearsing a couple of songs we were playing together in church then closed my time by warming up my finders on a Phil Keaggy inspired (Doin’ Nothin’) type guitar jam using my JamMan Looper. I hope you enjoy this behind the scenes LIVE Facebook video from Sunday Morning, May 22nd, 2016 (Trinity Sunday).

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Moda Spira What You Need Music Video: https://youtu.be/2KAdQyN8gUM

On this episode of Voices In My Head I had the privilege of sitting down for a conversation with a truly awesome lady, Latifah Phillips.

Latifah Phillips, aka Moda Spira, has a long resume that includes time as a solo artist and work with Page CXVI, a band that reinterprets traditional hymns, the indie rock band Autumn Film and Sola-Mi, an experimental trio. She has produced albums for indie artists, including A Boy & His Kite, helping them place “Cover Your Tracks” on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II. Her songs have been featured on One Tree HillThe Gates, Lifetime Films and the film The House at the End of the Street. She’s also composed incidental music for MTV and E! Moda Spira is her return to solo performing. She plans to support the album with selected dates, both alone and with multi-media pop up shows, featuring video, dancers, live painting and other surprises.

Moda Spira is my first solo venture in ten years,” Phillips says. “The songs are all dear to me, so I gave myself permission to be vulnerable. If you’re feeling down and lost, this record will let you know that you’re not alone and help you to keep moving forward.”

http://www.ModaSpira.com

 

The album reviews are in for ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations.’ Watch this short video to see some of what CCM Magazine, Worship Leader Magazine, and Under The Radar have to say about it. Find out more at www.RickLeeJames.com have to say about it.

 

 

I’m very grateful to Worship Leader Magazine not only for giving my new album a special spotlight in their magazine, but also for giving such an awesome review. I have been a subscriber to this magazine for years and have always respected it for it’s high quality and standards in worship music. I’m so thrilled that they felt this album was worth showcasing. You can find it in the May/June 2016 issue of Worship Leader magazine.

-Rick

 

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