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I saw Steve Taylor this evening speak at a small gathering at a college in the western suburbs of Chicago. He signed an LP copy of “I Predict 1990” for me. The last time I received autograph from him was in 1995.

Steve’s talk was about Christianity and the Arts. He said that the Church has lost its saltiness in terms of the Arts. He stressed the need for Christians to do art honestly and originally. He also mentioned a Robert Duvall movie I need to see.

Since stepping away from music he has made two Christian films. He told the story about how Kickstarter helped him raise money for his second film “Blue Like Jazz” and then he had to call 3,000 people because he promised to call everyone who donated $10 or more.

In my view Steve’s best talent as a musician was always his incredible wit in penning lyrics and his flare for the dramatic in his music videos and live shows. Apparently he’s one of the nice former youth pastors too. I think making movies is the logical progression from his musical career. I’m hoping there will be more movies and that something of this album recorded with Peter Furler will surface. Until then I’ll just have to enjoy some Chagall Guevera and think about Lifeboat.

I wanted to share a couple music links that I found recently. If you’re a Steve Taylor fan there is a site called Sockheaven.net and it has a good amount of free live video and audio of Steve and Chagall Guevara. Another site that is pretty cool is ChristianBootlegs.com. It’s a free site where you can share audio from Christian concerts. It’s a non-profit forum with links to free music with lossless audio and video with wave files or flac.

I remember seeing this as a kid on Solid RockVideos. Steve Taylor as Mrs. Arian is hilarious.