The Phlorescent Teach

Mark Volman teaches the faculty of Baptist-identified Belmont University.

Volman has also put his hard-partying days behind him. A committed Christian, he and his wife and business partner, Emily Ector-Volman, are active members of Harpeth Presbyterian Church, where they sing in the choir and work with the youth.

9 thoughts on “The Phlorescent Teach”

  1. Don’t know another way to get to you Balint; I got this in the morning email:

    “Deer Swillees,

    We’ve been in the Vault. We’re back now with some highly seasoned treats for you in special consideration of events at this time – of year. Yule love the next adventure in the Corsaga Series – Joe’s XMASage! Be present.

    And as an extra added radient, more enlightening than Rudolf’s nose, please be advised to watch the skies on the longest night of the year – here, at Barfko-Swill, where we continue to feel it is our duty . . . and Music is the BEST!


    The Barfies

  2. As I know a few too many bands that deserve plenty and receive zilch this very minute, thanks to weird contracts, I’d say: getting teachers out there to warn against RRRRRRRRRRRIP offs caný be a bad idea.

    Don’t know if you have to become a Christian in the process though.

    I’m sure you don’t have to.

  3. I went to Chester Thompson’s website and he ends his correspondences with “god bless you”. It’s not my business, but what’s the fucking deal?

    I posit that being famous (for many people) is like alcohol or heroin. When the drug wears off and the money runs out and the maitre’d
    no longer recognizes you there is a huge void left inside. This void needs to be filled in with imaginary superhero/ghosts.

    Why is that? Almost invariably, fallen stars turn to religious fanaticism. I can’t imagine what losing HUGE fame and riches must feel like.


  4. Yep. I’m often suspicious when rock stars (or anybody for that matter) ‘get religion’ when it becomes convenient or useful to do so. It would be more convincing if their conversion made them actually change their life (e.g. the Apostle Paul). On the other hand, Vollman shows initiative by forging a new career out of his failure at his previous one.

  5. I dunno it’s kinda pathetic…these guys running to the church on their knees. I read a Jim Pon’s interview where in the middle (after slagging FZ for “taking all the credit” he goes onto tell everyone how Jesus is it and God said it and he beleives it and that’s it.

    What the hell (LOL) are they so afraid of?
    I’d say life.

  6. When musicians no longer have someone to define their “comfort zone” and be a facilitator for their careers as Zappa was for many ex-bandmembers, they quickly lose self-confidence. Even though many of them are still immensely talented, they have noone to bring their talent and their sense of purpose into the proper focus. When that takes place, they run to any “drug” that helps them regain somewhat of a centerpoint. (religion, sex, alcohol, or any addictive or fanatical behaviour)

    It is to be noted that criminals, especially violent serial killers, also retreat to religion or some “cause with a purpose”. It is often the only way they can survive internally. Perhaps they are afraid of life “after the fall”, but in the end, they’re not gods. They’re only human beings with faults and foibles and insecurities. Talent for an artform does not in any way profile the true measure of an individual. It only reflects one small portion of potential.

    And could anyone here or anywhere say that they, given the circumstance, would be able to demonstrate the ability to face their lives without retreating to some form of running away?

    “even if it’s wrong, pick SOME direction and move towards it..”

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