Bands our Friends are in:
1. Vanity Band – Brain child of friend Joel Nass. They had a video which did very well in a recent Music Nation competition (top 5, I believe), which was excellent. If it had come on MTV5 (or which ever one they are actually showing vids on nowadays), I would not have changed the channel. Very indie-cool music. And Joel is hot.
2. The Magic Mirrors – Friend and former bandmate (not to mention best man) Casey plays drums with these guys. If you like a classic rock vibe, you might dig their stuff.
3. The Cubes – Friend’s little brother J.T. fronts this quartet. He is a talented singer and songwriter. I’ve never seen this band live, but I did a show with J.T.’s previous band Edward Bugg, and the songs he had written for them were their best stuff and legitimately enjoyable. He used to sing from behind the drum kit, but not at all like Phil Collins.
Photographs our Friends are taking:
1. Joel Nass’ wife Amber Garvey is a superb photographer. And I don’t mean that in a “my-ringo-site-is-really-popular” kind of way: She’s an artist. Hire them to do your next wedding. And make sure to check out her portfolio galleries.
2. Isaiah Eiyre took the pictures at my wedding, as well as our engagement pictures (a few are posted below). Isaiah has long, artistic-looking hair.
Books our Friends are writing:
1. Nate Wilson isn’t so much a friend (in the slumber-parties and friends-forever necklaces sense) as a decade-long acquaintance. But he has written some books, and we think they are swell. He has two bible-story books (book one, book two) and more on the way from Cannon Press which are genuinely great, as well as the first in a series to be published by Random House called Leepike Ridge, which looks very promising. Nate’s dust jacket picture is funny.
2. I hesitate to be so forward as to call Dr. Peter Leithart a friend, but he was at various times my pastor and college professor, he baptized my daughter and knocked me over in a pickup game of basketball. Point being, there are few people on this earth I respect more. And he’s written another book on the all-important subject of baptism. Buy it. And while you’re at it, buy every other book he’s written. You’ll thank me.