September 2, 2012
December 30, 2011
Granite City, IL – Toledo, Ohio – Mascoutah, IL – Breese, IL – Belleville, IL – Davenport, IA – Washington DC – Buffalo, NY – Fairview Heights, IL – Hazelwood, MO – Albany, GA – Savannah, GA – Merrillville, IN – Collinsville, IL – Indianapolis, IN
We also had a good year with the blog. Here now is my list (chronological) of the top blog posts for 2011. Enjoy!
TOLEDO SNOW – In January , Oddwalk traveled to Ohio for a week’s worth of Catholic Schools Week appearances. Due to the same snowstorm that blanketed most of the midwest, almost nothing went right with this trip. Check out the breakdown.
APRIL FOOLS DAY FUN – In past years on the blog, April Fools Day rocked. This year it just Ricked.
DOG DAYS – While news of the Cerneka family getting a dog might not seem like a strong Oddwalk post, I assure you that my kids would disagree. Now if we can get her to stop eating the couch.
VICTORIOUS! – In May, Oddwalk had the honor of being part of the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Victorious Missionaries, providing music for Mass and dinner entertainment.
CONSUBSTANTIAL?!?! – In July, Oblate Media invited Oddwalk to be part of a video they were producing to help congregations get ready for the upcoming changes to the English translation of the Roman Missal. Additionally, Orin’s new Mass setting, “Ever Ancient, Ever New”, was included in the final product!
ODDWALK vs. AIR FORCE – Our friend (and drummer!) Rick works at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, IL. Some time in October, Rick tried to check out our website from his work computer. Bad move, Rick! Now he knows just how dangerous we truly are.
JEALOUS MUCH? – What would you do if you were a Chicago Cubs fan (shudder) and the band you had hired for your event were St. Louis Cardinals fans. You probably wouldn’t do much. What if, however, the team you followed hadn’t won a World Series in 103 years and the band’s team was only two days removed from winning their second World Series in five years. Would you consider doing this?
LOVE! – In early November, Oddwalk (and band!) had the chance to record a new song, called “Love”. We all really like the song and took the opportunity to offer it as a free download son our website.
A BIG SURPRISE – For years, Orin and I have attempted to write what we hoped would be the theme song for various National Catholic Youth Conferences (NCYC). How great would it be to have 20,000 people singing one of your songs? Eleven songs later, we’re still trying. :) This year, however, we were honored to have our song, “At Your Name”, included as a communion hymn for the NCYC Closing Mass. Cooler than having all those people singing one of our songs, however, was the knowledge that something we had written had accompanied their prayer during Communion. Truly awesome and humbling.
A NEW KEYTAR SUPERSTAR? – During NCYC, Oddwalk offered a new iPod Nano to the the person (or persons) who could grab one of our keytars and take the most rockin’, most face-meltingly awesome pic ever. These individuals then had to post these pics to our Facebook page. Dozens of pic later, we named a winner!
Here’s to more great adventures in 2012!!
December 6, 2011
November 21, 2011
Oddwalk’s “At Your Name” (by Shannon) was selected as one of the communion hymns for the Closing Mass of NCYC this past Saturday night! Check out the video of it below. You’ll also see our friends Paul Melley (sax) and Kate Cuddy (choir director) along the way. Great job to all involved!
August 30, 2011
Here is a clip of a new 20 minute video that Oblate Media – videoswithvalues.com – is putting together highlighting the congregation’s changes in the new missal. It features Orin and Shannon (and Kevin and Lisa) on music, and Orin’s mass setting, Ever Ancient, Ever New. The full score of the mass is available as a free download at orinjohnson.com.
In this six minute clip, you’ll see some of the changes from the beginning of mass through the Gloria. Enjoy!
PS – Oddwalk is working on a new mass setting too – stay tuned!
June 10, 2011
At the beginning of May, the Victorious Missionaries celebrated the anniversary of their founding at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows with Mass, dinner, and entertainment by Oddwalk. Here’s a video they had made about the occasion. Find out more about them, and look for us helping at mass and singing after dinner!
March 16, 2011
Having *finally* been featured – long overdue, if you ask us – on that show the kids all love so much, “Glee,” we thought is was worth a repost of our version of Sonseed’s “Jesus is a Friend of Mine,” recorded now almost 2.5 years ago. It has 30,000 views now, far more than any other of our videos on YouTube.
First, our video, then the Glee tribute from last night, then the original, which still holds a special place in our hearts. Enjoy!
December 29, 2010
Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for me to select my top Oddblog posts for each month of 2010. In a few of the months, it was difficult to pick just one, so I didn’t. Feel free to praise me, disagree, or offer your own list. Happy reading!!
While we didn’t blog much in January, this post about how my wife was vowing to update the “Cerneka Family Adventures” blog on more of a regular basis DID produce a funny picture of two of our kids, Madeleine and Noah.
Summoning a bit of inexplicable post-Olympic Canadian pride, this post finds us offering our rendition of “Oh, Canada!”, the national anthem for our friends to the north
During the 2009 National Catholic Youth Conference, which had taken place four months before, Oddwalk had a number of cool liturgical and performance opportunities. The following posts are from two of those moments. “These Are the Chords…” is from when we played a warm-up concert for a Concurrent Session which featured Fr. Tony Ricard. “Bless the Lord, My Soul” is from one of the two daily Masses we played for.
So…there was only one post in April. Sadly, it was a post about how we hadn’t posted in a while. Enjoy!!
During this month, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (where Orin works) sponsored a retreat led by well-known speaker and author, Joyce Rupp. The following video was shown during that retreat.
In June, the Cernekas headed to the Smokey Mountains for a family vacation. We’re not sure what prompted Noah in this moment. Was it the Holy Spirit? Boredom? Cabin (literally) fever? You decide!
Each year, during the last week of June, The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows sponsors a Christian music/theater camp called Youth Sing Praise. While I have helped with it in the past, Orin and his wife Erin get to help ever year. Here is a song from last year’s production of “Moses”.
Picking this month’s post was kind of difficult. On one hand, if I’m thinking with the Oddwalk part of my brain, I would have to choose the release of “Failure”, our collection of NCYC theme song entries which were not selected. If I’m thinking with the personal side of my brain, I would no doubt choose the post about Madeleine’s first day of Kindergarten. I decided to include both posts here. I’m sure I will get in trouble for this.
Chris Weber is an Iowa-based friend of Oddwalk and recent winner of a bet with Shannon concerning the outcome of the Insight Bowl. (Shannon and his Mizzou tigers lost). Chris alerted his twitter followers to this pic, suggesting that it demanded a caption contest. We decided to oblige him.
This month gave us a great example of what love and sacrifice are all about. The man featured in this story is a former neighbor of Orin and Erin.
Two of Oddwalk’s performances in November were featured in news articles. The first comes from our appearance at the Junior High Youth Rally for the Charleston Diocese in South Carolina. The second comes from a concert we did at Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah, IL.
This month found us in New Orleans, LA for the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry. While there was some amount of work involved, this was mostly a chance to catch up with friends and take advantage of some cool performance opportunities. The following posts feature Orin and I (and my family in one video) dancing, being hams, and playing music.
December 27, 2010
Here are a couple more videos from our trip to New Orleans for the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry earlier this month. Thanks to YouTube’s SCRKmom1186 for posting these.
The first is from our appearance on the Exhibit Hall Stage. Be sure to notice an appearance by Oddwalk friend, Butch Ekstrom, and a guy in an alligator costume.
This next one is from our appearance in the Youth Ministry Extravaganza finale. The Extravaganza featured many well-known Catholic evangetainers. You catch Shannon at the very beginning and Orin a little later in a Mardi Gras float next to Jesse Manibusan and Steve Angrisano. Enjoy!