Make a wooden car model

You’ve probably seen and knew colorful and vivid miniature models like castles, famous cars, a dinosaur, marvel collection or big boats. A toy model not only helps you entertain but also to decorate your room and your house, it will look very unique and add newer to your room.

If you have a family and children, these objects are no stranger to you. So why don’t you try to make a toy model for your child? Also, you can make it with your child too. It will help them be more creative and help you get along better with your child. Today I will show you how to create a very simple wooden toy model and you can do it at your home. You can read some book about woodworking before do this, some best woodworking books for beginners can help you during making this model.

What is a toy model?

Toy model is extremely diverse. It is a simulation of real objects and devices, scaled down in proportion. Although most model toys only simulate detailed shapes without simulating operations (called static models) or only partially operating, there is still a model that not only simulates shape but can also simulate the activity of the object it simulates (called a dynamic model).

History of the toy model

Static models were produced very early in the 20th century by two MeccanoDinky Toys manufacturers in the UK and Dowst Brothers (Tootsietoys) in the United States. The first models displayed very simply, including small cars with only exterior details without the details inside. In 1947, Lesney an Englishman began producing automobile products. His product, Matchbox 1-75 series, got its name because there are always 75 different cars packed into tiny matchboxes. This toy is becoming more popular in that time, and Matchbox is so widely used that it is considered a standard model for every car model of any manufacturer.

Over the years of developing and improving quality as well as the production materials, in 1990, toy models have become popular in Western countries with significant models such as trucks and racing cars which painted in different teams’ paint colors. Besides cars, trucks, buses and construction equipment, aviation and military models are also very popular.

Until now, the production of toy models has spread throughout the world, a series of manufacturers specializing in toy models have been formed. With familiar models such as buildings, transport, streets, people, animals, to the characters in favorite movies and cartoons, ranging in size from small to large. All-everything can be created by humans with an authentic, sophisticated and beautiful effect.

What are the steps to making a simple wooden car model?

The necessary material and tools:

– 1 piece of 20cm thick wood, 15cm long and 5cm wide
– 4 wooden clamps if there are woodworking clamps: hold the parts when finished gluing
– Wood glue: used to attach the details of the car together.

Woodworking chisels: for perforating wheels and parts of vehicles
– Ruler: to measure the size of wood pieces to fit and fit together
– Paint color: choose according to your favorite color
– Saw: used to cut wood
– Sandpaper: clean up after the car parts are assembled

Step 1:

Use the best hand saw to cut a piece of wood into 7 sections:
– 3 pieces with a thickness of 2 cm

– 2 pieces of 1 cm thick and  2 pieces of 0.5 cm thick.
The remaining wood:

– Cutting 4 squares of 2x2cm and had a thickness of 1 cm to make wheels

– Cutting 3 thin pieces of wood 8cm long and 2cm wide, 0.3cm thick.

– Cutting a piece of wood 2cm wide, 9cm long, 0.2cm thick.
The last is 2 thin, round wooden slats with 0.3cm thick to make the wheel shaft

Step 2:

Started cutting and chiseling with woodworking chisels from the wood pieces into shapes wood in the picture

(3 pieces with a thickness of 2 cm)

(2 pieces of 1 cm thick )

(2 pieces of 0.5 cm thick)

(4 squares of 2x2cm)

(a piece of wood 2cm wide, 9cm long, 0.2cm thick)

(3 thin pieces of wood 8cm long and 2cm wide, 0.3cm thick)

Step 3:

You just stick the pieces together with wood glue and use the wooden clamp to keep those parts together.

The assembly steps are as follows:
First, stick the pieces of wood 2cm thick, then use the wooden clamp to fix it
After that paste 2 pieces of wood with a thickness of 0.5 cm into 2 pieces of wood 1cm thick, continue using wooden clips
Followed by, stick the two parts together as shown in the picture, then paste 3 pieces of wood 0.3cm thick to make the cap of the car.
Next, stick a piece of 0.2cm thick wood on the head of the car.
The last is the wheel

Step 4:

Use rough sand to scrub all the wood surface, then apply paint or apply an oil layer to increase durability for the model


So the car model has been completed

Note about choosing wood to do:

It is possible to make this model on all types of wood, but note that some wood like Pyinkado, Doussie (Cameroons), etc looks very nice and hard, strong but not suitable for model cars due to shrinkage more than pine. Precious wood does not absorb glue, so when making precious wooden toys, there are details that must be glued, so it will be broken for a long time.

The best and cheapest option is wood for pallets or pine wood.

This is one of my favorite models; the method is straightforward and does not take much time. The result is also wonderful and unique. Just put effort, meticulousness, and perseverance, a car model for you is very easy. Besides making indoor decorations, this item is also used to make a gift, and it will make a deep impression on the recipient. Let’s try it !!!!

Feng shui wood bracelets – Lucky bracelets

Nowadays, Jewelry is an indispensable thing for us. With the use of beauty and decoration, besides, jewelry also has many spiritual meanings that bring luck, fortune, love, health and banish evil spirits. Not every bracelet can do that. Today, I will talk about the topic of feng shui bracelet, especially the wooden bracelets.

The feng shui wood bracelet is known as an item that makes human spiritual energy better or is considered a lucky charm. It is made from different types of wood, the more precious wood, the higher the quality, values, and price. Some woods are favored such as agarwood, mulberry wood, Cypress wood, Dragon bloodwood, and Dalbergia Tonkinensis Prain wood. Choosing for yourself a feng shui bracelets is also critical, the essentials when choosing it are wood, your destiny, number of wood beads and also its size.

Today’s youth can also make these bracelets in a very simple way with the theories in the best woodworking books for beginners or online videos.

Why are wood bracelets so popular?

While the other types of bracelets make consumers feel boring, this bracelet is never untrendy, it always creates an intense attraction that everyone has to love. Made from wood which is an extremely familiar material with us, and a clean and fresh natural resource. Moreover, the wood was developed and grown thanks to the accumulation of elite gas resources of heaven and earth, so the wooden bracelets created always contain extremely powerful energy and are extremely favorite feng shui bracelets.

Style of feng shui wood bracelets

The most popular designs are round bead bracelets, with beads from small to large sizes. Moreover, It can be combined with different beads that have other materials or other shapes. This thing will make the bracelet look more interesting. These wooden beads are made extremely delicate and eye-catching, round and polished wooden beads like the earth or the stars in the sky, bringing in the extremely powerful energy of the universe. Or you can combine the inscription on the particles with woodworking chisels. Next is another types of bracelets which have rectangular wood grain. With simple and elegant designs, these bracelets help to enhance the beauty of the users’ hands, not only that, but they also increase the spirituality for the wearer. Isn’t it great?

Common types of feng shui wood bracelets

“Feng shui improves destiny, all things are peaceful” or “First is destiny, Second is fate, Third is Feng shui” all mean feng shui which is important for the purpose of balancing energy to bring comedy harmony for life and to attract the prosperity as well as the resolution of conflict to make human destiny better.

1. Agarwood bracelets

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Certainly, those who buy feng shui wood bracelets will not be able to ignore the wooden bracelet made from this Agarwood wood. It is considered the king of feng shui bracelets. Why?

It is the name that shows its beauty; it is the scent. Agarwood wood has an extremely mild, warm scent without losing the charm in it. It makes those who smell this smell feel more cleansed, brighter and more relaxed.

For those who love wooden furniture will know how good this wood is. This is a rare and precious wood, grown in harsh conditions, so its value and cost are high.

The use of this bracelet is to ward off evil spirits, resolve ominous as well as risks occurring in life and thereby bring luck, peace, and fortune to users. Not only that, the bracelet that is made from agarwood will bring good effect to the health of the wearer. Agarwood essential oil has the ability to avoid wind, protect user health, relax mind, bring comfort. Wearing Agarwood bracelets or having a habit of using Agarwood oil every day will give you good health, increasing resistance and reduce the frequency of sickness.

2. Cypress wood bracelets

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Cypress wood bracelet is just behind the scent of agarwood, and Cypress wood bracelet is also very popular with a sweet, mild aroma and rare wood material. On the contrary, the price is also very high. The featured of the Cypress wood are yellow and its oil, so it not only brings beauty but also brings a scent to the user. Especially this kind of wood has the oil that helps it never to be affected by termites.

This bracelet is really beautiful, with the oil inside the wood has created a very natural gloss for the wood grain, furthermore, when the bracelet is in an airtight room, it will create a layer of thin white snow on the surface of the wood grain. Looking extremely eye-catching, unique, that still has luxury features.

Cypress is revered as a holy wood that has the effect of avoiding demons. Wearing the Cypress wood bracelet also works to improve fortune, bring luck to wearers. Therefore, Cypress wood bracelets are always the first choice to choose as gifts for bosses, relatives, and friends.

3. Mulberry wood bracelets

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Mulberry wood bracelet is a bracelet that appeared a long time ago in Vietnam, since ancient times, our ancestors knew how to take the mulberry branch as a bracelet for babies and young children to help our family avoid the evil spirits, avoid startling and cry at night.

Making Mulberry wood bracelet looks simple but very difficult because after using the best hand saw for sawing branches, peeling, drying, the cutting of branches to pieces is very easy to broken. Branches have to choose is not too old or not young to do because the bracelet made from young branches will easily break whereas the old branches, broken when cutting the branches. For fresh mulberry stalks, the grandparents do not let the pregnant woman has just given birth touch it because it will lose milk of them.

Mulberry wood bracelet is also a meaningful gift on the occasion of a full month, baby birthday, giving to pregnant women with the meaning to wish peace and health.

Conclusion

These are the three popular feng shui bracelets I know, as well as their uses. A feng shui bracelet will help you feel more reassured and more comfortable when using it, so when you finish reading this article, please choose yourself a bracelet to wear. More than that is refreshing yourself if you haven’t worn feng shui bracelets ever.

Wooden clogs

Over thousands of development years, human life has been more and more advanced in a modern way. From clothes, bags, jewelry to shoes, in that footwear is an accessory that is indispensable in people’s daily life. Since ancient times, our ancestors have created sandals to walk by dry grass, then wood, and then plastic. With the use of protecting the feed and keeping the feet clean, the shoes are a decoration, a beauty item of human beings. Today I will take you to the world of wooden clogs, one of the oldest products, bringing many memories for previous generations. Moreover, this is an extraordinarily unique and eye-catching product.

What is the wooden clogs?

The wooden clog is an item for the feet that are used to protect and beautify the legs during human ambulatory. Clogs are made from wood, with the straps are made of leather or rubber or plastic. Wooden clogs have many different designs, for example, low clogs, high-heeled clogs, and pointed clogs. In this article, I will introduce you to 2 world famous wooden clogs that are Japanese wooden clogs and Dutch wooden clogs.

Japanese wooden clogs

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Japanese wooden clogs are widely known in the world through TV series, news and exceptional culture of this country. It is also called Geta. Geta is a traditional Japanese wooden clog, similar to flip-flops but with higher soles. Geta is used in conjunction with traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono or yukata, or with casual clothes during the summer months. Along with cherry blossoms and Kimono shirts, Geta wooden clogs have become an indispensable part of the land of the rising sun.

At about 2000 years ago, during the Yayoi period, the first people to create the clogs Geta appeared in rural areas of Yamatai. The clogs of that time were made very simply. Only from large pieces of planks, which were cut out by the best hand saw and then created the holes for the straps, and the last step is closed the teeth for Geta, the result was beautiful wooden clogs. For the purpose of avoiding the foot from subsiding into the mud when transplanting rice, these clogs also help mark the places where fertilizer has been applied, note that this clogs not suit for the winter season especially when snowing. Through the next 3 periods, the Nara, Edo, and Meiji periods, the Geta wooden clogs developed actively and exploded in the Meiji period with the superior colors, designs, and materials.

Geta clogs have an exciting characteristic, which is the sound when using these clogs. Unlike the sound of other clogs, plastic clogs now, Geta emits a lively sound “Karakoro, Karakoro,” this sound that makes you remember and cannot forget, it will imprint on the memory of the users and who hear this sound. It is also an interesting sound for me and an experience when I get on this Japanese Geta foot.

You will not be able to ignore these clogs when going to a Japanese festival or traveling to this country. Try wearing these kimono and clogs; it will make you look as elegant and gentle as Japanese women or strong but not lose the elegance of a gentleman.

Dutch wooden clogs

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If you are a traveling person, have a hobby to visit the countries in the world, surely you have also known a charming souvenir in the Dutch, right? That’s right, that’s the Dutch wooden shoe. It will be a waste if you don’t go to try this pair of shoes if you come to the Netherlands.

Unlike Geta, Dutch wooden clogs have an exceptional style; according to my perspective, you can imagine a clog like a small water bucket, it will not be wonderful compared. But I assure you, this clog will protect your feet and it helps to keep the warmth extremely good and helps your feet from getting wet.

The process of producing a pair of Dutch wooden clogs is extremely complex; it requires a good skill because otherwise, it can cause a footsore when used. The first clogs are produced from the hands of farmers. To prevent their feet from being affected by the cold weather and wet ground, they took a large piece of wood, using woodworking chisels to chisel and sharpen a full section in the middle, and finally grind the head of the clogs, which look like the boat’s nose. Moreover, they add straw in the body of clogs, so when used, it will feel softer and warmer. Types of wood are often chosen for clogs such as birch wood, willow, ash.

Until now the Clogs style has been much more diversified, along with colors and patterns. These Clogs are increasingly popular and sympathetic to tourists as well as indigenous people here. At festivals in the Netherlands, you will encounter these Clogs in traditional dances like Klompedanskunt. The dancers will use clogs to create fun dances and sounds by tapping the nose and shoe soles on the wooden floor. These shoes also have a very romantic meaning in love and marriage. It will be an engagement believer when the man wants to propose to his lover. In some weddings, the bride and groom also gave wooden shoes to those who attended. Today, Dutch wooden shoes are still on sale, becoming an indispensable gift for every visitor to visit and want to keep a little memory of the country of beautiful windmills and tulips.

Conclusion

Wooden clogs bring a pure feeling along with a lively sound that creates a distinct traditional culture, although now wooden clogs are no longer as popular as before, but for those who love wooden furniture as me who like to learn as well as feeling these shoes on the feet. According to the best woodworking books for beginners, I think my own hands can make a simple Geta shoe. No need to be too fussy about tools just ready to perform, you and I will create a beautiful pair of Geta clogs. Why not? Do you want to try it with me? Let’s start right now ^^

 

Puppets

Surely, everyone who loves horror movies knows very well about puppets. They are one of those having no life things. But through humans, it carries the same form and soul as a real person. These puppets appear not only in horror movies or cartoons but also in real-life entertainment. The puppet has the skeleton of the famous comedian Jeff Dunham or puppet shows, including the water puppet, which is one of the popular cultures in Vietnam. Besides, wooden puppets are also a favorite ornament and toy.

The origin of the puppet

It can be said that the origin of the puppet was a long time ago when the appearance of the puppet was found in India in ancient excavations in the Indus valley.
According to ancient records, the art of puppet-showing appeared in Tamil literature in the 2nd century BC. Meanwhile, Greek is also known for this art thousands of years ago. It is found in Herodotus’ document, which was written in the 5th century BC.

Common types of puppets

The shadow-puppet

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The shadow-puppet are also called wayang. Wayang appears in Indonesia on Java Island. As a beautiful country surrounded by the sea, Indonesia is where I studied for 5 months. On that occasion, I have enjoyed a shadow puppet show in this country. Wayang Kulit is the first show about puppet shadow I saw; it is also the most famous puppet genre in Indonesia. One can say that the belief of pure theory forms wayang Kulit, Indonesian people believe that ancestral spirits can affect the lives of living beings, such as protection or intimidation, and they often return at night under the form of shadows. Artisans here will conduct rituals in the form of puppetry to call for their ancestors to help. The puppets carry the soul, will be dancing, flying, walking, fighting to gain victory, suffering, and love behind a thin curtain where shadows appear. Along with that are the sound, the light and the stories presented in the stage.

These puppets are made of leather poddy or buffalo skin. In a puppet set, there are about 100 to 500 puppets, the height of puppets ranges from 10 to 30 inches (25-75 cm). The puppet makers use patterns to sketch lines and draw elements on the skin, then cut the body of the puppet and after that left the pieces of the arm separately. Its features are chiseled with the best woodworking chisel tools. It will take weeks to complete a beautiful puppet. They are followed by painting and polishing. According to folk beliefs in Indonesia, puppets themselves only show the physical part of the character while the critical pattern is its shadow which represents the soul.

Water puppetry

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Water puppetry is an extremely famous cultural art in Vietnam. It was born based on wet rice culture. Water puppetry is a unique art form of Vietnam, and it impressed dramatically to me. I have watched a water puppet show at the central puppet theater in Hanoi. It was a different side with the shadow-puppetry that I have seen in Indonesia. I can see all the characteristic of puppet, not just the shadow, and the form of puppet-like Wayang.

It is fascinating to me when puppets appeared on the surface of the water. Moreover, the stage is set up like a temple in Vietnam, surrounded by flags, fans, elephants, parasols, gates. Behind it is a backdrop, which is also called a Y Môn plate. The light was shining straight into the water for a sparkling effect of water ripples, which looked very beautiful and lively with the sound, drums, auxiliary artillery. Water puppetry was born more than 10 centuries ago in the Red River delta. This type usually takes place on holidays, village festivals, happy days and Tet holidays and It is very much expected by people

The wood Fig tree is a raw material for making a puppet, light wood and floating on the water. The Puppet is chiseled, cut to create stylized contours, then sharpen, polish and decorate with various paint colors to add character lines to each character. The shape of the puppet is usually fresh, funny, cute and highly symbolic. The tangled body is the floating part of the water that represents the character, and the base is the part below the surface of the mangrove water as a kind of wood levels for puppets. It will keep the puppet floating above, and it is the place to control the machine for the puppet movement.

Water puppets in Vietnam often show stories in history, heroic battles of the Vietnamese nation, stories famous as Tam Cam and Thach Sanh.

Marionette

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Marionette can be said to be the most widely known puppet in the world. From an early age, I knew this kind of puppet through a Pinocchio movie, this is a famous animated film about a boy in the shape of a wooden puppet, and it is my favorite movie when my TV screen is still black and white.

A marionette is a puppet controlled from above-using wires or strings. A marionette’s puppeteer is called a marionettist. The control bar for a marionette can be horizontal or vertical, it will change later for the professional marionettes to work comfortably, the motifs must be sculpted subtly with the best wood chisels. Therefore, the formation of a puppet is very complicated. The coupling between parts must be firmly designed and the smoothness of movement. Moreover, puppet makers have to calculate carefully and skillfully to control puppets better.

Marionettist is a prevalent genre in eastern Europe (UK, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Picardy, Lafleur, and the US) in the BC century.

The puppet’s most natural way of recognizing it is that it is made of wood and has wires connected to the parts of the puppet. In shape like humans, they can walk and move between elements such as legs, arms, hips, feet, hands, neck, eyes and mouth. That’s why these puppets are favorite and known all over the world

Conclusion

A puppet is an inanimate object, but it creates a strong impression of its shape and expression, an object that is represented for humans.

Wooden crafts

As a child, I had a love for small and lovely wooden furniture like wooden statues, wooden models, wooden boxes, wooden pens, wooden toys or little dragonfly made of wood, which gifted when my birthday in 10 years old, it could land on my finger’s tip with its mouth. This dragonfly is one of my most favorite gifts; it also makes my love of wooden furniture grow bigger and bigger. It was that I began to read about Best Woodworking Books.

What is woodcraft?

It is straightforward to understand; it is the items made from wood, you or the carpenter will sculpt, assemble, decorate to create the objects you want.

My favorite woodcraft

Bamboo Dragonfly

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Dragonflies made of bamboo wood are a gift, keeping many memories of my childhood, as well as the children born at that time. It brings a sense of peace about the images of childhood when dancing and playing with my friend in the village or chasing the dragonflies in the field at the end of the village during the summer afternoons; it is about time people do not have to worry, reflect on this bustling life.

These dragonflies are made from bamboo stalks, from Te bamboo which is grown in the Northwest region of Vietnam. The selected bamboo stalks will be scrapped the bright green layer and dried, then split into wood pieces to make dragonflies. Then proceed to trim with the best wood chisels to create dragonfly parts. Before the end of that stage, dragonflies are painted by color painting and finished with polish. With different colors and more clever textures, bring a unique to these dragonflies. It sounds simple, but these dragonflies need to use meticulously to chisel, assemble those wing evenly into the dragonfly’s body and creativity in each motif, this is necessary to make it more beautiful and able to balance on the fingertips.

The catchy color and unique ability of the dragonfly made the special of the gift, and it became a popular gift in tourist villages in Vietnam. The dragonflies parked on the branch of the bamboo tree are the extremely close image to people that bring luck, more than that it carries the meaning of freedom, balanced philosophies in life and harmony with nature.

Wood doll

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The wooden statue, a favorite wooden toy loved by children when I was a kid, was a Russian doll, it was a series of big to small babies of the same shape that was incorporated into one a big doll. What is special and exciting to the children as well as me at that time is in a big baby are having a set of small dolls. When you open the first doll will be a little toy shaped like that, but the size is smaller, keep on opening you will see another one with a smaller size and so on until the last one with a tiny scale. Imagining you are opening a gift, every time you open it, there is another gift that appears so that you will have more than one gift. Is it fantastic, right?

Russian dolls, also known as matryoshka dolls, are a world-famous souvenir of Russia. In the form of the girls bearing the cultural essence of Russia, it has impressed people tourists come to this country as well as others have not come to here yet, one of them is us.

Conventional materials used to make dolls are lemon wood, birch wood, poplar wood. They are usually the best woods in terms of fragrance and excellent moisture resistance. One of the impressive meanings for me when knowing about this doll toy is that it shows the beauty of the women in the family, which can be grandmothers, mothers, aunts who are women with a scarf on their heads, blushing cheeks, and always smiles on their lips. From a lively village girl to the arrogant aristocratic ladies are all shown through these dolls.

Everyone’s childhood is different, different regions will have different memories, but these two gifts are the things that bring the most emotions and nostalgia to me. They are the mark of my lively and happy childhood

 

Billboard – 1/27/07

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Sure, NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” is struggling in the ratings. But that is not stopping record labels and artist managers from pursuing ways to get their acts on the show.

The show averages roughly 9 million viewers each week, according to Nielsen Media Research. And quite frankly, 9 million sets of ears and eyes is not a bad number to reach.

Just ask Sting and Corinne Bailey Rae, who have appeared and performed on the show in recent months. Both artists saw spikes in sales of their new discs following their “Studio 60” guest spots.

On February 5, Natalie Cole will perform on the show (within the show), singing a version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic “I Say a Little Prayer.” It’s a song that could have easily appeared on her new album of covers, “Leavin’.”

This new version of “I Say a Little Prayer” was created and conceived by faith-based company Good News Holdings for the launch of its Save My Life initiative (http://www.savemylife.org). The not-for-profit Save My Life raises funds and awareness for children affected and infected by AIDS in Africa.

Cole’s appearance on “Studio 60” arrives six nights before the 49th annual Grammy Awards, where the singer is nominated in the best female R&B vocal performance category for “Day Dreaming.”

Cole also appears in Nas’ new video for “Can’t Forget About You,” which references “Unforgettable,” Cole’s “duet” with her late father, Nat “King” Cole.

From where Cole sits, the timing of all this activity is serendipitous. “Today, more than ever, it’s really important to diversify and reach as many people as possible,” the eight-time Grammy winner says. “You must be more aggressive, because the marketplace is so competitive. The Internet is a double-edged sword. There’s so much music out there.”

Which is why TV shows like “Studio 60,” “Cold Case” and “Grey’s Anatomy” have become important marketing tools for the music industry, she adds. “These shows have such broad appeal — and they’re all using music in interesting and creative ways.”

More important, she notes, “The music supervisors are not necessarily looking for the most recognizable songs or the hits. They’re taking chances.”

In the episode, Cole performs at a fictitious ceremony for Catholics in Media (in fact, a real organization), which honors the show’s Christian character, Harriet Hayes, with an award.

During Cole’s introduction on “Studio 60,” Save My Life is mentioned, but it’s not a blatant advertisement, executive director Thomas Schlamme notes. “Our interest was pretty simple,” he says. “How can we organically make this work in the storytelling we do? In the end, the artist must work within the context of the show.”

Last year, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” did something similar when it helped promote Ford Motor’s Warriors in Pink campaign to fight breast cancer.

Talks between Good News Holdings and “Studio 60” had been going on for quite some time before “I Say a Little Prayer” was mentioned, according to Good News Holdings co-founder/managing director Martha Cotton. “This gave us our first outlet to introduce Save My Life,” she recalls.

Savemylife.org goes live January 29, which is when people can purchase the digital track on the site, as well as at other digital music stores. A video for the song is in the works. The song and video — as well as Save My Life — will be heavily marketed and promoted on the Internet via secular and faith-based sites.

At the present time, though, there appears to be one missing link: Cole’s label, Verve Records. A little cross-marketing love from Verve — which has nothing planned — could bring additional attention, and sales, to Cole’s album “Leavin’,” which has sold 50,000 copies so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Verve should take a cue from its Universal Music corporate sibling, Universal Music Classics Group, which notified retailers of Sting’s upcoming TV appearances. Because of this, stores knew Sting would be on “Studio 60” during the album’s second week of release, and kept his disc, “Songs From the Labyrinth,” in high-profile locations.

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“Christ the Lord” Feature Film

Anne Rice’s Bestselling Novel “CHRIST THE LORD: Out of Egypt” To Be Made Into A Feature Film Produced By Good News Holdings

Los Angeles, Ca. ­June 29, 2006 – Anne Rice’s acclaimed bestselling novel “CHRIST THE LORD: Out of Egypt” will soon become a major motion picture to be produced by Los Angeles- based Good News Holdings, a multimedia studio specializing in the development and distribution of faith-based media.

The feature film deal was announced today by George Barna, Chairman of Good News Holdings. The novel, which was released in October of 2005, was Belief.net’s book of the year for 2005 and spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Good News is presently in discussions with distributors for the motion picture with an intended Christmas 2007 release.

“CHRIST THE LORD: Out of Egypt” is the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, the novel movingly celebrates the character and strength of the young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity. Its many highlights include Jesus coming to terms with the circumstances of His birth in Bethlehem and his growing realization of his calling. Set in a turbulent era against the backdrop of the Roman occupation, the story brings to life the day to day life of Second Temple Judaism from the beauty of worship in the largest temple of the ancient world to the regular prayers and readings of Jewish family life, Rice’s research included the latest publications in archaeology, geography and social history, as well as intense biblical study.

One of the most popular writers of the 20th Century, Anne Rice’s books have sold over 85 million books to date. She drew widespread attention in 1998 when she returned to her Christian faith.

“We will be faithful to Anne’s vision,” said George Barna of Good News. “CHRIST THE LORD” is a transcendent work. Millions of readers have already found the book to be a riveting journey. The film will appeal to Christians because of its familiar yet powerful and revealing story, as well as non-believers, who will be fascinated to experience the emergence of one of the world’s most extraordinary figures. Anne’s narrative presents a fresh and captivating perspective on the greatest story ever told.”

Good News Holdings is a privately held multimedia company based in Los Angeles, California. The organization was founded in December 2005 by entertainment industry veterans Christopher Chisholm, Martha Cotton , David Kirkpatrick, Silicon Valley executive Rich Christopher, bestselling author and renowned researcher George Barna, and former Barna Group business partner Thom Black. Good News currently delivers Christian content through mobile phones via its cellular division, FaithMobile.

The “Christ The Lord” deal was brokered by Creative Artists Agency in conjunction with Janklow Nesbit & Associates. Alfred A Knopf is the hardback publisher. Ballantine will publish the novel in paperback this fall.