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Great Expectorations XV Podcast

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Link: Great Expectorations: Chapter XV – SEASON FINALE

A quick update, the winner and prize for the music clip contest, and a cheery good-bye until next time. THE END… for now!

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Written by Dave Dueck

May 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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Great Expectorations: Chapter XV – SEASON FINALE

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My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack

Welcome to this fifteenth and final episode of Great Expectorations!! The sun is out, the breeze is lovely, God is good, and I’m loving life! I hope you are too, and if not, may this last epistle in this series of indulgent monologues cause some cheer to rub off on you, and point you towards some of the Joy I am experiencing.

As promised, this episode will consist mainly of the conclusion of the podcast clip contest, the announcing of the winner, the announcing of his or her prize, and a final, cheery send-off until the next time I can spare a few hours to say “HULLO!” to the internet world in this manner once again.

Before I get to the music contest folderol, however, a quick update on what’s up with me and what I’ll be doing now instead of writing and recording narcissistic diatribes.

As you all know, I was hired by Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches about a month or so ago and have been working away, enjoying the job immensely. Perhaps TOO immensely – only a month or so after beginning work, I have been promoted to manager position and my work hours have shot up. This week alone, with one sick day included, I worked upwards of 53 hours. The trend towards busy-ness and increased professional responsibility is likely to continue for the time being, because once my manager training is completed, I will get some set hours and likely be working about 55 hours a week.

I’ve never been in a management or leadership position before, and I’ve certainly never worked in a restaurant environment before this time, so this promotion has been as humbling and daunting as it has been welcome and surprising. I just pray that I can focus on and perform my job to the extent needed to help my boss be a success, instead of being a burden to him. This is yet another surprising step in my life’s journey, and one I did not seek or foresee: but by God’s grace I will take on this new challenge and use it for His glory. We’ll see what happens next, eh?

Outside of my job, I have almost completed work on me and Peter’s feature film. We just need a score (as mentioned in my last update) and we will be able to get all the minor finishing details done on it. We’re hoping to premier at least a preview version of the film in late June, and submit it to the appropriate festivals by Autumn sometime. Praise God, it’s nearly done! It’s been an exhausting and very random experience, but based on how blessed the project has been since its inception, we have faith that it will go places we cannot imagine. We can’t wait to show it to you!!!

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And now, on with the announcements for the music contest!

As most of you know, the rules for the podcast clip contest were as follows: If you recognized or thought you recognized a music selection in an episode, you had to submit your answers to my email address before the publication of the next episode in the podcast. Points would be awarded for A) correct album name, B) correct track title, and C) correct artist/composer name, meaning up to three points could be won for each music clip in an episode. The number of points per guesser would be tallied up, and the guesser with the most points would be announced in the following episode, and receive an entry in the drawing for the final prize. Then, for the drawing, all entries would be thrown in my top hat and a single name pulled at random. I am happy to say that the drawing, performed by my sister Grace this afternoon with ample witnesses present, has gone off without a hitch and we have a winner!

Before I announce this lucky winner and his or her token prize, I will reveal the final drawing entries tally:

Mikal had eight entries in the drawing. Not surprising, him being at least as much of a score nut as I am.

Rebecca and Heidi and Rob were tied for third place, with two entries each.

And finally, Jessica and Grace were tied at last place, with a single entry each.

Note that due to the nature of the drawing, winning multiple entries only increased each contestant’s odds of winning, meaning any one of them was liable to come away with the prize.

AND THE WINNER IS:

REBECCA!

Grace pulled her name out of the well-shaken hat in the presence of multiple witnesses and I am proud to announce Beka as the undisputed winner of the Great Expectorations music clip contest!!

AND HER PRIZE IS:

A brand new copy of Joe Hisaishi’s utterly delightful score to “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” imported directly from Japan and shipped to her personally by myself with a crayon-coloured certificate of achievement.

My deepest condolences to the other contestants, your efforts are not unappreciated!! I hope to resurrect this contest one day, for it has been an immense joy to me and I wish to extend this opportunity to everybody again. I hope this little contest has helped everyone get exposed to some great music, opened up some new horizons, and gotten you to explore a bit more. Of course, just because you didn’t win the contest, doesn’t mean you can’t still get loads of free music from me! As you all should know, my music library is open to you: I will freely lend albums to anybody, I love sharing the joys of good music with people who appreciate it. Don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you are in desperate need of some good tunes by Williams, Giacchino, Hisaishi, Portman, Delerue, Powell, Elfman, Arnold or any of the dozens of other composers whose music is on my shelves. I’m only too happy to share!

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And now I must leave you. The wistful breezes are sighing my name, the setting sun is winking at me, and the tree branches are waving at me, beckoning my presence beneath them. I will thus walk out into the summertime, smiling my widest, wishing you were here to send it with me. But until that awesome time when we get to laugh and enjoy each other’s real-for-reals company once again, I will live my life moment to moment, carrying out the responsibilities God has given me for this present time, trusting Him to let us get together some day soon, and basking in the Joy and Peace of a life left in His Hands and blessed by His Grace.

You are all so wonderful – or else why would you put up with all of this? Thanks for being the way you are, because it has blessed me beyond measure and beyond comprehension. This letter and podcast has been a wonderful joy for me to write, and I hope it has been a blessing and encouragement to you (at least on occasion). And though Great Expectorations is now finished, the Foopaux Podcast will live on. I look forward to the day when I can record another, and I hope you do too. Who knows, I may just start up another music contest when I do. In any case, you have all been the most wonderful sports, and I thank you for reading these updates. It has been amazing to know that there were people in the world interested in my life and my doings, and I need you to know that I am just as interested in what YOU are up to. So! Don’t hesitate to tell me! I never do!

May God bless you richly and fully this summer, and make sure that you follow Christ’s example and LOVE ALL!

Your Fast Friend in All Kinds of Weather (currently partly cloudy with slight breeze from the northwest),

The Fourth Dueck in Line for Top Dog in the Legacy,

David Abraham Dueck

PS: You knew it was coming! Here are the winners and the answers for last episode’s music contest. 😀 These winners were counted in the tally for today’s drawing:

Mikal won with 6 points, and Beka followed with two points. Great job guys!!! And congratulations again Beka!! The answers are:

Clip 1: “The Big Red Bus” from “The Great Muppet Caper” by John Raposo
Clip 2: “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie” by Paul Williams & Ken Ascher
Clip 3: “Never Before, Never Again (Instrumental)” from “The Muppet Movie” by Paul Williams and Ken Ascher
Clip 4: “Hey A Movie!” from “The Great Muppet Caper” by John Raposo
Clip 5: “I Hope that Something Better Comes Along (Instrumental)” from “The Muppet Movie” by Paul Williams and Ken Ascher
Clip 6: “Overture” from “A Muppet Christmas Carol” by Miles Goodman and Paul Williams
Clip 7: “The Stone Family Waltz” from “The Family Stone” by Michael Giacchino

Written by Dave Dueck

May 31, 2009 at 4:59 pm

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“Lord, don’t leave me.”

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Lord, don’t leave me now, or ever. Don’t abandon me in my joys, or they may steal my heart. Don’t leave me in my sorrows, or I may complain against you. Don’t leave me in my repentance, or I may lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and don’t leave me in the day of my strongest faith, or it may degenerate into presumption.

Charles Spurgeon

Written by Dave Dueck

May 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

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Great Expectorations XIV Podcast

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Link: Great Expectorations: Chapter XIV

Gearing up to slow down, enjoying the Joy and Peace of a lifetime, and taking things one at a time.

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Written by Dave Dueck

May 24, 2009 at 11:34 pm

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Great Expectorations: Chapter XIV

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Un Conte de Fées: Fairy Tale
Summer (from Kikujiro)

Welcome to a long-overdue issue of Great Expectorations!! My absence for so long has been at least noted, I trust, if not lamented. But whether you receive this update with indifference, eagerness or disdain, I assure you that whatever the updates have meant to you by and large for the last season will soon be a thing of the past: this is my second-to last address before Great Expectorations is laid to rest in an undisclosed location: and there it will remain, an amusingly lopsided carcass with an attitude of lofty, latent sarcasm, awaiting the day when I shall have pity and resurrect it to entertain/horrify the world once again. And during this indefinite coma, I shall entertain myself with Real Life – an all-consuming lifestyle of hourly wages, fewer and fewer meals, early mornings, constant music, hectic weekends, and turbulent relationships, made fascinating and deeper by their constant fluctuations, conflicts, and happy resolutions.

Sprinkled at random throughout this concoction will be broadcasts in podcast form on sundry topics, briefer and hopefully more relevant than ever. Thus my life will become a larger, more abstract manifestation of one of my manager’s favourite sandwiches: tuna fish with bacon, hot peppers, salad dressing, honey Dijon mustard, lettuce and cucumber with extra tomato. In other words, so many ingredients that the identity of the meal is compromised but nonetheless impressive in its scope and construction. For now though, I shall concentrate on giving this fourteenth epistle enough substance to justify its exposure.

My life has been one of unmixed blessing these past few weeks, although also so busy that to recall details would be frustrating. The biggest event in recent times has obviously been me and Rob’s visit to Niagara Falls again to visit the wonderful Friesen family, which as usual was an experience so utterly fantastic that I was blessed speechless. In addition to just being able to spend time with my best friends and bask in the unspeakable blessing of being there and seeing all of them again, I had my socks knocked off by experiencing a week so full of laughter and spiritual renewal that I was able to return home fully energized and perfectly peaceful. I anticipated a devastating blow by returning home, but instead I felt more empowered spiritually, emotionally and physically than I ever have. Instead of crashing down onto the rocks of Reality (for being in Niagara with the Friesens is always more of a dreamy fantasy than an actual event), I came home on the wings of Joy and have not yet touched down! God has blessed the works of my hands and the searching of my Spirit, and I can safely say I am happier than I have ever been – and it is a Joy which will remain, because it comes from Christ, and the Joy of the Lord is not affected by my circumstances.

Since returning home, I have been indeed busy. 40+ hours of work at Jimmy John’s per week, with the rest of my time occupied with much letter-writing and video editing. I’ve been slightly overwhelmed with all the various tasks which have been demanding my time and attention, but it’s been manageable by taking them one at a time and trusting God to be able to accomplish everything He’s given me to do.

The big news is that me and Peter’s film is nearly completed and ready for preview screenings. The only thing we need before we can complete it is a complete, custom orchestral score, which by God’s grace will be acquired in good time. If any of you know me very well at all, you are aware of my deep and abiding love of film scores and soundtracks, and this aspect of the film’s production is one which has me extremely excited. I cannot wait to see how God will provide the composer and music for this film: it is the one aspect which will unify the film and lift it to a higher level of dramatic potency. We have high hopes of our film as we prepare to put it through the festival circuit, and it while it will be a great burden lifted to have the post-production process completed, it will be thrilling indeed to see where the film goes and where it takes us in our respective pursuits and careers. God has blessed the film beyond all expectations in every aspect of the production, and it blows the mind to think where He can take it if we leave it all to Him.

This year, thus far, has been as eventful as any I’ve experienced, and yet from my viewpoint I see little happening for the rest of summer but working and making our film known. Not a tremendously exciting prospect, but I know that as I seek God’s will for me moment to moment, He will bring to pass such wonders and marvels in my life that even if I could foresee them, I could not take them in for their brilliance and magnitude. CS Lewis wrote that “Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment ‘as to the Lord.’ It is only our daily bread we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.” This is my greatest prayer now: that, in the midst of the Joy and Peace that God has given me during these past two weeks, I might have the prudence and humility to accept and obey the commands He has given me RIGHT NOW – and not presume to know His plans well enough to jump ahead, rushing into fulfilling those while my present lessons remain unlearned, my present instructions unobeyed, and my present steps untaken. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and the will of God is something in which we can stand even on our way to our final calling. This is then my greatest prayer, to remain patient and willing to keep His moment-by-moment teachings and leadings. For then, with my attention on Christ, I will one day wake up, look at the road I am on, and be amazed at how far He’s taken me – instead of dismayed at how far I have to go.

This, as I mentioned, is my second-to-last update. The grand winner of the podcast music clip contest will be announced in the next and final epistle, with this update being your last chance to rack up some points before the climactic drawing which will decide who wins the prize (which shall not be announced until the same hour as the winner!). Scores and winners for all updates will be reviewed and discussed before announcing the final tally and odds of winning that each contestant had, then the winner and his/her prize will be revealed. Stay tuned in that regard, and may the luckiest contestant win!!

While I am dismayed that I have not had much more to discuss in this update than I would have liked, I suppose you are at least grateful that I have not written a thesis requiring half an hour to read/listen to, and even longer to make sense of. In any case, be aware that the Foopaux Podcast will not die: merely the form it has taken as the “Great Expectations” I have so eagerly flung your way, and which you have so obligingly tolerated. I wish above all that everyone receiving these updates, being the wondrous friends to me that you are, may someday soon receive such updates from my own mouth in person, and perhaps give some of your own. There is no way that simple emails and podcasts can substitute for the fun and blessing of in-person fellowship, and I hope greatly to engage in such fellowship with all of you during the course of this year. Always remember that I consider you to be AWESOME. And nothing will convince me otherwise, so just suck it up and admit the same to yourself. Nothing is worse than false modestly except pointless modesty.

Until we meet and enjoy each other’s company, I wish you all of God’s blessings and the Joy and Peace that passes understanding. Love all, and until next time!

~Dave Dueck

PS: Heidi wins the last episode’s music clip contest with 5 points, with Rob trailing closely at 4 points. Congrats, Hide!! Good luck in the upcoming drawing! The music used was:

Clip 1: “D’artagnan (Galliard & Air)” by Michael Kamen from “The Three Musketeers”

Clip 2: “Grand Central” from “K-Pax” by Edward Shearmur

Clip 3: “Kismet” by the group Bond from the soundtrack to “Johnny English”

Clip 4: “Here Comes the Sun” as performed by James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma on the album “Songs of Joy and Peace”

Clip 5: “Ascension” from “Dracula” by Wojciech Kilar

Clip 6: “Mr Warne!” from “Miss Potter” by Nigel Westlake

Clip 7: “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee” from the album “Heirs of the Reformation”

Clip 8: “See You in the Sewer” from “Mission: Impossible III” by Michael Giacchino

Written by Dave Dueck

May 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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God’s work in us WILL be completed!

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‘The Lord will accomplish His plans for me.’
—Psalm 138:8

These words of the Psalmist are uttered in Divine confidence. He did not say, “I have enough grace to perfect myself; my faith is so steady that it will never stagger; my love is so warm that it will never grow cold; my resolution is so firm that nothing can move it; no, his dependence was on the Lord alone. If we indulge in any confidence that is not grounded on the Rock of ages, our confidence is worse than a dream. It will fall upon us one day, and will cover us with its ruins to our sorrow and confusion.

The Psalmist was wise; he rested on nothing short of the Lord’s work. It is the Lord who began the good work within us, and He is the One to carried it on to completion. If there is even one stitch of self- righteosness in our heavenly garment, it will not clothe us adequately. But this is our confidence— the Lord who began will perfect. He has done it all; he must do it all, and He will do it all.

Sometimes we think to ourselves, “You will never be able to stand. Look at the evil of your heart; you can never conquer sin. Remember the temptations that cause you to fall? You will certainly be allured by them and led astray.” And, if you are left to your own devices, of course we will die! If we have to row our frail boats over the rough seas of life, we might as well give up now. But, thanks be to God, He will complete the job, and bring us safely home. We can never be too confident when we confide in God alone.

Charles Spurgeon

Written by Dave Dueck

May 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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Knowing & Desiring God

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Seeking God should be a matter of earnest and prayerful inquiry, and no one ought to be content that he has tasted enough of the Lord. We should have a jealous and holy distrust of self in this regard. And yet we should not doubt that we have, in fact, tasted of the Lord. On the basis of what we have already tasted, then, let us clasp the Savior in the arms of faith, and say, “I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him.

Charles Spurgeon

Written by Dave Dueck

May 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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