Tagged: Steve Taylor

Charlie Peacock – In the Light

Charlie Peacock was a jazz prodigy.

While Charlie was well known in the CCM industry, because of his obvious skills, he was not widely embraced. Musically he didn’t always fit into the playlist of what AC Christian radio and his candid, open, vulnerable style of relating the gospel had him nearly as misunderstood as Steve Taylor and Mark Heard. Regardless, Charlie always seemed to remain on the fringes of the mainstream, not a bad place too be.

In the early and mid 90′s he was a highly sought Producer by artists such as Out of the Grey, Jimmy A, Margaret Becker and many, many others. Recently he is credited with producing the HOTTER THAN HOT duo The Civil Wars national debut project Barton Hollow
.

Blue Like Jazz – a rough cut – Taylor-Made for Controversy

Classic Christian Music Radio, CCMRewin.com. Playing Classic Christian Artists including Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kathy Tracolli, First Call, Steve camp, Rich Mullins, DeGarmo and Key, Dallas Holm, Third Day, Kim Boyce, Margaret Becker, Aaron and Jeofferey, Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Stryper, Guardian, Bill Crockett, Allies, Bob Carlisle, Take 6, DC Talk, Bryan Duncan, Mylon and Broken Heart, David and The Giants, Rebecca St James, Audio Adrenaline, code of Ethics, Hokus Pick, Bebe and Cece Winans, Winans, Commissioned, Helen Baylor, Kim hill, Susan Ashton, Wes King, Michael Card, Matthew Ward, Trace Balin, Imperials, Russ Taff, Michael English, Mark Lowery, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig and dean, Angelo and Veronica, Steve Green, Whiteheart, Rachel Rachel, 4 Him, Al Denson, Billy and Sarah Gaines, Billy Sprague, Bob Bennett, Brent Lamb, Brent Bourgeois, Brian Barrett, Bruce Carroll, Bruce Cockburn, Carolyn Arends, Charlie Peacock, Cheri Keaggy, Chris Eaton, Chris Rice, Christine Glass, Chuck Girard, Cindy Morgan, Clay Crosse, Cod of Ethics, Dallas Holm, David Meece, Don Francisco, East to West, Eric champion, Erin ODonnell, First Call, Gary chapman, Geoff Moore and the Distance, Ginny Owens, Glad, Grammatrain, Guardian, Hoi Polloi, Holy Soldier, Jaci Velasquez, Jars of Clay, Jeoffrey Benward, Jerome Olds, Jon Gibson, Kelli Reisen, Kenny Marks, Kim Boyce, Lauren Stalknecker, Lenny leBlanc, Leslie Phillips, Lisa Bevill, Mark Farner, Mark Heard, Michael Card, Morgan Cryer, Mylon Lefevre, Newsboys, newsong, Nouveaux, Out of the Grey, Pam Thum, Paul smith, Petra, PFR, Phillip Sandifer, Rachel Lampa, Ray Boltz, Scott Krypayne, Sixpence none the richer, sixpence, Smalltown Poets, Steve Archer, The archers, Archers, Swirling Eddies, Steve Taylor, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson, Whitecross and many others.Steve Taylor strikes again – his film adaptation of Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz is headed to your local theater in early 2012. Bert Saraco talks about the rough cut of the film….

Blue Like Jazz (a rough cut) – Taylor Made For Controversy

Classic Christian Music Radio, CCMRewin.com. Playing Classic Christian Artists including Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kathy Tracolli, First Call, Steve camp, Rich Mullins, DeGarmo and Key, Dallas Holm, Third Day, Kim Boyce, Margaret Becker, Aaron and Jeofferey, Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Stryper, Guardian, Bill Crockett, Allies, Bob Carlisle, Take 6, DC Talk, Bryan Duncan, Mylon and Broken Heart, David and The Giants, Rebecca St James, Audio Adrenaline, code of Ethics, Hokus Pick, Bebe and Cece Winans, Winans, Commissioned, Helen Baylor, Kim hill, Susan Ashton, Wes King, Michael Card, Matthew Ward, Trace Balin, Imperials, Russ Taff, Michael English, Mark Lowery, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig and dean, Angelo and Veronica, Steve Green, Whiteheart, Rachel Rachel, 4 Him, Al Denson, Billy and Sarah Gaines, Billy Sprague, Bob Bennett, Brent Lamb, Brent Bourgeois, Brian Barrett, Bruce Carroll, Bruce Cockburn, Carolyn Arends, Charlie Peacock, Cheri Keaggy, Chris Eaton, Chris Rice, Christine Glass, Chuck Girard, Cindy Morgan, Clay Crosse, Cod of Ethics, Dallas Holm, David Meece, Don Francisco, East to West, Eric champion, Erin ODonnell, First Call, Gary chapman, Geoff Moore and the Distance, Ginny Owens, Glad, Grammatrain, Guardian, Hoi Polloi, Holy Soldier, Jaci Velasquez, Jars of Clay, Jeoffrey Benward, Jerome Olds, Jon Gibson, Kelli Reisen, Kenny Marks, Kim Boyce, Lauren Stalknecker, Lenny leBlanc, Leslie Phillips, Lisa Bevill, Mark Farner, Mark Heard, Michael Card, Morgan Cryer, Mylon Lefevre, Newsboys, newsong, Nouveaux, Out of the Grey, Pam Thum, Paul smith, Petra, PFR, Phillip Sandifer, Rachel Lampa, Ray Boltz, Scott Krypayne, Sixpence none the richer, sixpence, Smalltown Poets, Steve Archer, The archers, Archers, Swirling Eddies, Steve Taylor, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson, Whitecross and many others.So there we were, in New York City’s Soho district, at PostWorks NY /Orbit Digital – a  state of the art post-production facility catering to creators of long and short-form film and multimedia projects. Trying to maintain an aura of belonging there was beginning to take its toll…(even with the aid of a New York bagel and coffee as props – very hip), but if our information was good we’d be in for a treat soon enough. The gradual emergence of a guy who looked an awful lot like Steve Taylor confirmed to me and my constant companion, Carina, that our last-minute tip was, in fact, correct – and that we wouldn’t have to be roughly escorted out of the building as frauds…..

We were about to see a rough cut of Steve Taylor’s film adaptation of Donald Miller’s best selling book, Blue Like Jazz!

The tall, lanky Taylor, looking fit and healthy, a constant air of energy and excitement about him, appeared and disappeared several times, making sure that all was well in the small screening room where no food was allowed ‘unless you could sneak it in’ (or so we were told).

“What you’re about to see is a rough cut of the film,” the scruffily-bearded director told us, “which means the stuff you don’t like isn’t finished and the stuff you love is exactly the way it’s supposed to be.” Taylor obviously hasn’t lost his sharp wit. As it turns out, the small audience of less that fifteen people did love most of it – a very good thing for a rough cut, where the soundtrack hasn’t been finalized and visual effects, color balance and various technical elements haven’t been finished.

A movie and a book are not the same thing, and creating a narrative film from a book like Blue Like Jazz, which is more of an observational retro-diary of the soul than a time-line dependent story (got that?) calls for some modifications. The essay format of the book becomes a story arc through establishing the main character (“Don,” as opposed to Donald Miller), giving him a crisis, several challenges, and, eventually, some degree of resolution. Not as easy as it sounds…

The main character, Don, is a somewhat naive church youth worker, poised to set out for college. His obviously-troubled mother is pushing him toward a Christian College while his more free-living, progressive-thinking father (apparently separated from Don’s mom) suggests that Don liberate his intellect and experience ‘real’ life by attending a secular college like Reed University. Through a series of messy situations, our hero says goodbye to the “Roman Road” and sets out for a life more akin to a party at Caligula’s place. Without going into the details (after all, that’s the movie), Don eventually comes to terms with a more realistic, balanced understanding of his own spiritual identity – flaws and all.

A more fictionalized version of Miller’s story, the film captures aspects of the Christian sub-culture in extreme, and creates situations that illuminate all of its blemishes like one of those enlarging make-up mirrors. The film adaptation of Blue Like Jazz is PG 13 material – not something that you’ll be showing to your Children’s Church or Royal Ranger group. It’s a story that involves some unsavory behavior and uses occasional ‘realistic’ language, but it’s a story that has heart. Without question, Steve has achieved something pretty special here, something that will resonate with a lot of people – and no doubt he’ll be catching some heat for it.

So what else is new…?

Bert Saraco