The Heart of Bethel Music Kids’ Come Alive CD/DVD, a Q&A with Brian & Jenn Johnson; Come Alive releases Dec. 11



Brian & Jenn Johnson

Bethel Music recently announced the first and highly anticipated Bethel Music Kids worship album and DVD, Come Alive. This project is aimed at cultivating in the next generation the greatness they possess as children of God, the inseparable connection they have to Jesus, and the truth that they are powerful vessels of worship and contributors in the kingdom.


Hear the heart of this project in this Q&A with Bethel Music worship leaders/songwriters Brian and Jenn Johnson:


What’s your vision for this album and what do you hope it brings to the families who hear it?


Jenn: Something that’s really celebrated, especially with this album is fun, and I think that we can never lose sight of the fact that there’s a fun element to worship. Yes there’s a reverence and there’s an awe, but – we have this saying that God is as happy as He is holy, and I think that that’s what we want to champion our kids in – that God is so fun and He is so wonderful. Just seeing that in the kids, seeing the fun and the raw and the real, that they’re not going to be into any fluff – I think it’s just incredible to watch that unfold.

Have you guys seen any impact on the lives of your kids, or you as parents as a result of worship?


Brian: What’s amazing about the grace of God is that you pray for your kids, and you do your best as a parent and then, you get to see them respond.


Like the other night, my son woke me up and is just freaking out because he had this nightmare and he says, “Dad can you put some worship music on?” So he’s learned that when the worship music is on, it’s peaceful, and I’ve taught him and talked to him about how when we worship, when we praise God, He inhabits our praise – He comes. He knows that now and he’s asking for it. That’s when you start realizing they’re having their own experience with God and I think that’s what’s fulfilling as a parent.

Bethel Music Kids vocalist


What is something that excites you about the next generation of worshipers?


Brian: I feel like each generation grabs something more– they take from the previous generation of worship leaders and stack on it. I’m also seeing a power in worship that has been really unique to this generation– encounters, healing and deliverance. When kids get a hold of that power in worship, there’s just going to be more of the kingdom coming to earth.


The church historically has been growing in creativity and worship. I think this generation craves something that’s real and that ministers to them on a personal level, regardless of what’s been popular before. They are grabbing onto something that won’t compete, but will allow the church to use that inspiration from God to put out creativity that the world is looking for. The wineskin is being structured now, so that the next generation can hold even more.


Jenn: I’ve been thinking about the next generation of worshipers, because we have young kids— ages 8, 10 and 13. We are really passionate about not just catering to adults in worship, but to championing our kids and kids in our community in worship. Modeling for them what a posture of worship looks like and encouraging them to step into those moments. It’s really beautiful to see this forward motion to what worship is turning into.



What are some things you’ve experienced as you are teaching your kids to worship and hear His voice?


Jenn: There are few things on the planet that make me happier than watching our kids hear or feel something from God. Being able to lead them to hear God’s voice is everything.


Brian: You can’t control or force your kids to know God, even though every parent at some point probably tries that. The perfect parent would know the right balance between keeping them guarded from drama in life, but also exposing them to some of it so they can see God’s hand in your life and the world around them. You want them to see complete void without God and then see the light, when God comes through. Let them watch you worship through the pain and see what it looks like to co-labor with Him.


What’s something that’s happened with you and your kids as they are learning to be in His presence?


Brian: In my own life, I grew up seeing worship leaders and I learned from them by watching, not just by listening to them. What’s exciting about Bethel Music Kids is that kids will get to watch other kids worship God. Worship is a real expression of your heart to God. In a lot of churches and culture, worship can feel like it’s just for the adults. There can be a disconnect for the kids and we’re trying to bring them in to worship and encourage them to be caught up in worship, in His presence. What happens is that when our children are in the atmosphere of worship, even if it’s not a heart connection yet, they will encounter Him— they will grow into a heart of worship.

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Learn more about Come Alive, the first Bethel Music Kids album/DVD, releasing 12.11.15 at


About Brian and Jenn Johnson:

Brian and Jenn are worship leaders and songwriters with Bethel Music. They are committed to raising up worshippers who will take hold of their true identity and pursue intimacy with God above all else. Brian and Jenn continue to minister in the US and internationally and reside in Redding, CA with their three wonderful children.


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Tricia Brock Talks About New Album, Parenting, and Miscarriages


Former Superchick vocalist Tricia Brock has been very busy since the band retired from the road. When she hasn’t been writing and recording for her new solo album, Radiate, she’s been busy adjusting to her new life as a mother.’s Roger Gelwicks recently addressed the musical side of Tricia’s solo career, while John DiBiase talked to the young mother about raising little Ava.

We’ve included part of the JFH interview below as well as exclusive questions regarding her experiences with a miscarriage before having little Ava.

This interview took place on: 7/29/13. 

  • JFH (Roger Gelwicks): Songs like “Good to Be a Girl” and “Mirror Mirror” remind me of past Superchick songs like “One Girl Revolution” and “Barlow Girls.” What prompted going back to these sorts of themes for Radiate?

I think the 15 year old, tall and way too skinny, zits-on-my-face Tricia is still in there. I just feel the way we view ourselves shapes us so much and it affects us way beyond our teen years. We are being shaped and changed throughout our entire lives, so I think we can always use these reminders. I now have a little girl, Ava, and I think some of these songs like “Daughter of the King” came out because of how I see her, want to love her and show her how to really love herself. They are songs I would want her to hear when she’s 12 and when things are getting tough to be a girl.

  • JFH (Roger): Which song from this new record do you connect with the most personally?

I would say my song called “What I Know.” It’s a song about the places in life where maybe things aren’t turning out the way we want. We might not have the answers we’re seeking, but we know His ways are higher. That He is good. He never lets us go. So we choose to hold to what we know and not just what we feel or see in circumstances around us. Some days, we don’t even have the words to pray to ask for His help. The words of this song feel so real and raw. I know that every person who hears it will say, “Yep, I’ve had those days.” Laying there worrying about our tomorrows because the weight of our unanswered questions are so heavy, sleep just escapes us. It is a beautiful song about real, honest faith moments when we choose to believe what we know and not what we feel. I’m leaning on that truth more and more as a woman and a wife and a mom.


  • JFH (John DiBiase): How has parenthood affected the way you make music/ write songs?

Well, most of our session writings have included Ava playing in the room, so it affects us quite a bit!! Parenthood changes you so much. The minute it happens and then gradually for the rest of our lives, I think. So, I guess it’s changing me all the time and the way I see the world, the way I love, the way I forgive and understand discipline and so many things, so of course my writing is affected. I think I have some songs on this record that might not have been written if I hadn’t become a mom… and a mom of a girl – phew! Where are the manuals to take home when you have babies?! =)


  • JFH (John): Do you have any advice for young parents?

Breathe. Sleep every chance you get. Leave the dishes for later. Let people help — especially family. They want to help and sometimes new moms have a hard time letting go. (Raising my hand.)


  • JFH (John): I know you and your husband suffered a miscarriage before the birth of your beautiful little baby girl. What do you feel God may have taught you through that experience? (My wife and I had a miscarriage before our son Will was born on October 1st, 2010 – so we can relate…)

Yes, it was our first pregnancy and that made it so scary. When we went in to hear the baby’s heartbeat at eight weeks, they saw that the baby wasn’t growing at the right rate and something was wrong. That was still a couple weeks before we knew we lost the baby, and then even a couple more weeks until I had to have surgery because I never miscarried.

It was so hard for me emotionally accepting it. Then, dealing with fears about the next baby and wondering if I could go through that again.

I think I learned to accept some things without all the answers. And God definitely provided healing for me through worship. We were traveling that year leading worship and those songs on my record The Road became a lot of healing for me. Especially the song “The Altar.” I look back now, and since having Ava…God makes sense of things. He brings us through things for a reason and He walks through it with us. Somehow when you look back you can see His hand and His purposes, and it can make sense without having every one of our ‘Why’ questions answered.


  • JFH (John): A lot of people don’t talk about miscarriages. What would you like to say to anyone struggling with a loss like that?

I noticed that and I felt like it was something I was supposed to share. Communicating can be really healing for me, but I know it is very personal and some couples need it to be their thing to deal with and not share.

I think that men need to understand as hard as it can be for you, that your wife needs a lot of love and support. Women – [you need to] know that it isn’t your fault, and going down that road is so hard on you. I had days out of nowhere that it would hit me again and it was sometimes hard for my husband to understand, thinking we had moved on, but I needed his patience and love more than ever.

It’s one of the hard things we can never understand about life and about God. So, Nick and I chose to think that there was a reason that baby isn’t with us and is in Heaven. We choose to trust that there are reasons we don’t always understand and try to leave it there.


  • JFH (John): Care to share a funny parents story about parenting Ava? 🙂

This story is the first of many that popped into my head! So, Ava was just a few months old when my sister [Melissa] got married. My sister owns a flower shop called Rosebuds East in Nashville and she had one of the most beautiful DIY weddings I’ve ever seen!

The wedding was in their beautiful backyard, which they designed. She made all the bouquets and made Ava a little headband (Ava doesn’t have much hair yet, so we use accessories to keep her looking like a girl). So, I saw Ava’s headband and put it on her before we did family pictures…and it wasn’t until later in the day that Melissa told me that I had put the garter on Ava’s head, not her headband. We laughed so hard, but the funniest part is, it looked so cute that we had her wear it all night and Melissa didn’t even throw it out. Oh, babies change everything!!


Tricia Brock’s new solo album Radiate is available August 13, 2013 wherever music is sold!

Jars Of Clay's Advice For New Parents

  • JFH (John DiBiase): Any advice for new parents?

    Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay): Some advice a good friend, kind of counselor friend, told me a few years ago – and it’s not so much for your son’s age, but he said, “Always remember that your kids have a complex inner world and that our tendency is to simplify it and put it in a box and go, ‘They’re being that.’ But usually there’s so much more going on inside to pull out and pay attention to.”

  • JFH (John): I think the key is to try to remember what it’s like to be that age.

    Charlie: Yeah. Which is hard to remember.

  • JFH (John): With writing a song like “Boys (Lesson One),” how did you draw inspiration for creating a song like that [for your sons]?

    Charlie: A lot of it was learning about ourselves. And that we look to these places to find our worth because we weren’t necessarily given it at the right age. I mean, Bono jokes about “I need to get in front of 80,000 people a night to be reminded that somebody cares,” or he has some kind of self-deprecating joke about the need for people’s approval. And it’s not that extreme for us, but I think a lot of the voices as men and boys that we hear is like “You don’t have what it takes. You don’t measure up, why try? Someone else is going to do it better than you.” So it just was kind of an effort to offer something different to our kids, y’know?

  • JFH (John): So what kind of surprises would you say a new parent should expect?

    Charlie: I think just the innate wildness of boys. Just this kind of rambunctious energy that he’s not learning from his brothers – he’s growing into it and discovering it. But so far it’s still cute and sweet with Finn, but pretty soon it’s going to be annoying or…

  • JFH (Sean Lex): Destructive. *laughs*

    Charlie: Yeah! I’m sure.

  • JFH (John): *to Sean* Can you relate to that?

  • JFH (Sean): Ohhh yeah! We have several broken lightsabers in our patio box to prove that.

  • JFH (John): At least they’re toys though… Unless he’s smashing stuff around the house with it.

  • JFH (Sean): Nah, they are. Well, part of it’s my fault. *John laughs*

    Charlie: Yeah, baby proofing. Like, what level do we want to change our house to avoid damage?

  • JFH (John): I’ve heard different aspects to where people completely baby-proof to others just teaching their child not to touch certain things. So I’ll have to do trial and error. My office will never be baby proof.

    Charlie: Unless he’s doing something really dangerous and harmful, you can kind of ignore it. Like, Finn’s throwing food on the floor for the dog, and the more we get upset about it, the more he enjoys the attention. It’s like, he’s going to outgrow it, we have hardwood floors and we have a dog that cleans up after the baby. *laughter*

    For the full interview with Charlie about Jars of Clay’s latest album, “The Shelter,” visit

    Sanctus Real Gives Advice On Parenting

  • John DiBiase: Any advice for new fathers?
  • Pete Provost: You gotta tell me! I can’t answer that one yet.

    Dan Gartley: Me neither.

    Matt Hammitt: Hold on! Two words. Nah, I’m just kidding. Goodness gracious! It’s so weird how self-taught parenthood is. It’s so crazy. Even with our first and second, it’s so different. Each kid is SO different. Everything about the way they need to be loved, it’s such a distinctive thing, y’know? I need to think of some good advice for new parents, don’t I? When somebody asks that question, I need to have a good, wise answer ready! *laughs*

    Chris: I got one! Do you have a good amount of guy friends that you can invite to a diaper party?

  • John: *laughs* What? Like, instead of a shower?
  • Chris: Yup! Do it.

    Matt: Do you do diaper parties?

  • John: I have never heard of them!
  • Pete: I’ve only ever been to one.

    Chris: Do a diaper party and invite all your guys friends to get wings or something like that. Pay for the wings, and ask everybody to bring a box or bag of diapers. And you’ll be set for like a year! Cuz diapers are expensive! We literally just got through all the diapers from our diaper party and our son is seventeen months old.

    Matt: Have your wife call all your guy friends, set up a night, and, like you said…

    Chris: It’s fun, y’know? A good excuse to get together.

  • John: It’s like a MAN shower.
  • Chris: Everybody’s carrying diapers in, feels really awkward at first…

    Dan: But that’s part of the fun, y’know, making all your guy friends go to the store for diapers.

    Chris: Yeah, it’s pretty amazing!

    Pete: That’s like the very, very first thing I ever did the first time I ever went to Toledo, Ohio. I went straight to Buffalo Wild Wings, to Matt’s diaper party. It was the first thing we did.

  • John: Mark! Do you have any advice for new parents?
  • Mark Graalman: Go to Ikea and get the Diaper Genie rip-off thing that they sell because it’s way better than the name brand Diaper Genie device.

    Pete: What is the Diaper Genie?

    Mark: The Diaper Genie is a container that holds the dirty diapers. You put the diaper in the top, and with the Diaper Genie, you twist this thing and it has this special garbage bag that goes inside and it twists the garbage bag, but it cuts the garbage bag and it does not work well at all. It’s a real pain in the butt. Ikea makes one that you put your own garbage bag in, drop the diaper in the top, flip it, and it drops it down inside. It’s simple, a piece of cake, easy to change.

    Matt: If I were you, I’d get some good sleep at night, your wife is going to want to instinctively get up and check on the baby all the time, so I’d try your best to let your wife get up a little bit during the night, get good sleep, and then get up early with the baby and let her sleep in. That’s my advice to you!

    To read more from Sanctus Real talking about their new album, visit

    Nichole Nordeman Talks Parenting and New VeggieTales Story

    An interview with Sparrow Records’ Recording Artist and Singer-Songwriter
    Nichole Nordeman about her involvement with the all-new VeggieTales adventure for girls,
    Sweetpea Beauty—A Girl After God’s Own Heart, including her original song,” Beautiful For Me.”

    About the story of VeggieTales®: Sweetpea Beauty—A Girl After God’s Own Heart

    NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media

  • Q: What was your favorite part of the show?

  • If I had to choose one, I’d say my favorite scene is Sweetpea in the forest finding beauty in all sorts of unconventional things that might not be considered beautiful to anyone else. Her friend Prince Larry says to her, “How is it that you find beauty in everything?” And Sweetpea says, “I don’t. It’s God who sees beauty in everything. I just choose to agree with Him.” And I thought that was a great way to look at ourselves. God’s the one who sees us as beautiful, and we can either choose to agree and say, “Thank you. I feel cherished and loved and I choose to believe that,” or “I disagree” and work like crazy to improve on His work.

  • Q: Why do you think Sweetpea is described as a girl after God’s own heart?

  • I think that she’s described as a girl after God’s own heart because she is always looking for and finding real beauty in people and in the world around her, and seems to be able to look past all of the “surfacey” stuff everyone else seems to be getting caught up in. She’s not afraid to peel back as many layers as she needs to in order to find something beautiful. And I think that is certainly what God asks of us –to peel back a few layers and figure out what’s happening on the inside.

    About the Song, “Beautiful For Me”

  • Q: How did the lesson of Sweetpea Beauty influence the writing of the song, “Beautiful For Me?”

  • One of things that was most inspiring to me that I literally stole right out of the story line was the mirror idea. I was so interested in how devious that mirror was and how he gave Queen Blueberry the espresso and said, “whatever is inside your heart is how you will finally look on the outside.” And you know, it was just hysterical that she instantly sprouted facial hair and warts. I was instantly grateful I didn’t own a mirror that possessed that power. But the mirror throughout the whole story intrigued me and ended up being a pretty central part of the song. Because we all tell ourselves lies in front of the mirror, and we all want to believe in the improvements it suggests we make, it’s very difficult to walk away. In fact, I know an artist who was struggling so much with the issue of beauty in her own life that she covered every mirror in her house so that she would not even just casually walk by and sort of catch a glimpse of herself. She really wanted to get real beauty back in perspective. I thought that was really cool.

  • Q: How does the song tie into the lesson of Sweetpea Beauty?

  • The song is written from God’s perspective, which is always a tricky thing to do. But I so much wanted to capture that moment where a person realizes from the Lord’s vantage point how beautiful He really thinks she is. And how broken hearted it must be for Him when His own creation is so unhappy with the work He’s done and spends a lifetime trying to improve upon it. I just wonder if that doesn’t break His heart a little bit. So I really wanted the song to capture how much He adores us and how we captivate Him because He made us in His image. I hope the song does that.

  • Q: What lyric of the song best describes the theme of the show?

  • I think it’s one line after the second verse, where I say, “I want a heart that’s captivating.” To me, that’s it. I can stand in front of the mirror all day long and like what I see or not like what I see, or lose five pounds or gain 25 pounds, or cut my hair short or dye it brown…but in the end, I want a heart that’s captivating. It has to be about that.

  • Q: How did you choose the title of the song?

  • Well, the title kind of chose itself. When you finish a song, you go back and you say, “what’s the obvious title?” Initially it was, “Beautiful To Me.” But as I thought about things from God’s perspective, I changed it to say, “Beautiful For Me,” which made it more about belonging. He created us to beautiful FOR Him alone, and I thought that was an important distinction.

  • Q: Explain the line “You should have seen the day I made you beautiful for Me.”

  • I was trying to imagine How God must have felt when He deliberately designed us and formed us our mom’s bellies when we’re just itsy bitsy…and how much love and care went into that design. I was just trying to imagine what that would be like for God to care so much about His creation. And I know that on the day that He made each of us, He smiled and rejoiced and danced, and breathed life into us. So, that was a fun line to write.

    About Parenting/Being A New Mom

  • Q: Do you have a game plan for how you will deal with beauty issues with your daughter?

  • One of the lessons that my mom taught me early on was to be really proactive about what to expose children to…because in today’s culture, advertising campaigns are not passive. And so, our daughters are going to bombarded with images all day long. As moms, we really don’t have the luxury of just sitting back and hoping that they feel okay about themselves and not really being proactive about helping them understand what true beauty is about. When I was little, I was not allowed to play with Barbies, which was a pretty crushing blow to a five or six-year old. And I just couldn’t believe that my mom was going to be so strict about it. And she tried to explain in my little girl language about how it just doesn’t matter what you look like when you grow up…and to have a doll that everybody wants to look like doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what God wants YOU to look like and that’s okay. So even though I thought it was so unfair, I sure understand her wisdom in that now. She was choosing to be proactive in saying, “No, I’m just going to send her a different message.” And that’s how I want to parent. I want to be very intentional about sending the right messages.

  • Q: What kind of role model do you hope to be for others?

  • Role model is such a loaded term because whether I want to be one or not, I am one whether it’s to an audience of music lovers or sometimes just to a six-year old and an 18-month old at home. That responsibility is there, and I think as a mom, and certainly as a mom of a daughter, it’s so important to me that I have a good perspective and appropriate priority with the issue of beauty in my own life because I’m the one that she’s going to learn from. I had such an awesome role model growing up, and I just hope to emulate my own mom in that way and for my children to notice that I do like myself and feel confident in terms of my self-image because I’m a creation of the King. And nothing validates me but that.

  • Q: How do the choices we make as parents affect our children?

  • Anyone who has a child knows how sensitive those eyes and ears are. They pick up on way more than we wish they did. So our choices affect them deeply. I had a friend of mine tell me recently that she walked into her four-year old daughter’s room and saw her standing in front of the mirror and then kind of turned around to catch her backside in the mirror and went, “huhhh.” Big heavy sigh. All this at age 4…and my friend was just crushed because I mean it was cute moment, but it was also a hard moment for my friend who knew exactly where her daughter learned that heavy sigh in front of the mirror. So we have to be careful. I make mistakes all the time being so self-deprecating and wishing out loud that this or that was different about myself. All of those little teeny comments land in their spirits and like seeds, and they grow.

  • Q: Are there any parallels you see in the story of Sweetpea relating to a girl’s relationship with her father?

  • Daughters and dads have such a unique relationship with so many special dynamics that don’t exist between daughters and moms. A dad is the first hero in a little girl’s eyes, and the way that he interacts with her and shows her how beautiful she is inside, is so important in initially forming that picture for the rest of her life. All kinds of studies have been done about little girls who did not spend quality time with their dads or who maybe were not validated by their fathers. And the truth is, they need it and if they don’t get that validation from dad, then they’re going to look somewhere else. We make a lot of noise about the relationship between a mom and daughter and the whole girl thing. But, the father-daughter relationship is a hugely important.

  • Q: How do we teach our children to be authentic and real?

  • I think that just by affirming all of the beautiful things in their lives apart from the way they look, whether they’re boys or girls. There’s so much emphasis on what you look like, how much stuff you have…whether or not you measure up in a thousand different ways. Teaching children to be authentic and real is introducing them into situations that give them an opportunity to serve other people and to help those in need. For example, I love when you see a church youth group come back from a mission trip. They just look like different people. Their eyes are brighter, their hearts are fuller. They may not have even showered in a week, and nobody cares because they’ve just built a home for someone in Mexico. Those are the authentic and real moments that I think we need to really seek out for our kids.

  • Q: As a parent, what do you think VeggieTales has for children?

  • First, how can you not love VeggieTales? It’s so very fun and clever. The subtlety and the humor are fantastic, but obviously the lessons are so important. You know, this is a concept that Jesus began when He started teaching in parables. He said, “I’m going to speak your language, so that you get this.” And that’s exactly what VeggieTales continues to do for my kids and so many others.

    About the Pressures Young Girls Face Today

  • Q: How can you focus on inner beauty instead of outer beauty?

  • I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t say that I read the occasional magazine or check out the latest beauty products. Some of that is okay because there’s a place for that. But when it becomes your everything, then it can become very destructive. We, as parents, can be vocal to the world of consumerism by supporting products and advertising that are getting it right. I love the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign. If you walked into my bathroom, you’d see lots of Dove products because I want to thank companies like that for giving us a good representation in advertising about the reality of what real people look like.” I would love to see more of that. So I think that as consumers, we can raise our voices a little bit and say, “more of that, please.”

  • Q: How do you think the lesson from Sweetpea will speak truth to girls and provide healthy influence for them?

  • The lesson itself is timeless and hardly new. We’ve been talking about this as women and girls for years and years and years. True beauty, inner beauty, Godly beauty. But I think this will resonate deeply with a young audience because it’s VeggieTales, and they have a way of communicating things in an utterly unique way. But for us moms, it’s a hugely important opportunity to sit with your daughters and let this be a conversation starter. Sit down. Watch it together. Talk about maybe how you felt growing up. What were some things you weren’t crazy about the way you looked? And how do you feel about yourself now? I have always believed that moms who have healthy self-images have daughters who have healthy self-images.

  • Q: What advice do you have for girls who struggle with the lie that only good looks are important?

  • I really believe that it’s okay to love beautiful things. I think that when God created us as girls and as women, He gave us a love for beauty in art and in nature. Women are just innately lovers and imitators of beauty. I think it’s in our DNA. So I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to be pretty or that the lesson in all of this is to wear your ugliest outfit and don’t wash your hair for a week. That’s not the point. When beauty becomes an idol and something that gives way to self-worship, that’s when it becomes something dangerous. In Proverbs 31, it talks about a woman adorning herself for her husband. That’s a good thing. That’s a healthy thing. But when it starts to get more important than the things that God really values in us, it becomes dangerous.

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    Baby Talk With Jaci Velasquez

  • John DiBiase: So what have you been up to since we last talked to you?
  • Jaci Velasquez: Well, raising Zealand. And getting pregnant again and then having Soren, my youngest. And then we recently finally got the writing and production and new tracks going. So that’s happening, and those are gonna be finished [soon]. We’re doing a live DVD recording in June and simultaneously we are recording the record at the same time. So the songs and everything are ready to go, but now we are doing the DVD and that’s actually going to come out before the record, so it’ll be something different. And I’ve never done a DVD and Nic [Gonzales] has. So it’ll be my first time, so I’m very excited! And then I have two movies coming out. Those will be out in 2011. One is called The Encounter and the other’s called Countdown To Jerusalem. And then, I’m actually working on a book right now and it’s called Coffee and Concealer and it’s basically the adventures of motherhood and all the things that brought me up to be ready to this point. It’s basically a survival guide!

  • John: That’s really cool!
  • Jaci: Thank you! It starts off with – I think the first words are: “This is a story, although it may sound fiction, it’s actually not. There was a time when drinking coffee was done out of leisure and pure enjoyment. Now it’s done for survival. Wearing make-up was there to enhance what God gave me, make me look pretty. Now it’s done so I don’t look like, ‘Hi, my name is Jaci and I’m a character straight out of the Night of the Living Dead.'” Like today, even my eyes are bloodshot. We didn’t get much sleep last night, between my husband and the baby being sick, it’s not good. But everyday’s a new adventure, though! And it’s okay. I don’t mind. I don’t mind going without sleep. I had twenty seven years to sleep in and I slept well during those twenty seven years! Now I am thirty and I’m going, “OK… this is good. This is easy. I can handle this.” But it’s fun! It is a lot of work, but it’s the most rewarding and you’ll have moments, possibly, when you’ll feel unappreciated that you put on yourself, but it’s not unappreciated. They’re not old enough to tell you some things yet. They don’t get it. You’re “mommy” and you’re there for them and not for yourself anymore. And it really does teach you a lot about selflessness, patience, and just being happy making things work. And simplify. I’ve learned to simplify things. I don’t carry a purse anymore. I carry a diaper bag – which has my wallet and has my phone and that’s all I need! *laughs* No time for make-up touch-ups!

  • John: It’s funny because as part of trying to ease into the role of parenthood for both of us, we started to sort of document our experience.
  • Jaci: Ohhh! That is SO cute! Do you know what [you’re having] yet?

  • John: No, we find out in about a month.
  • Jaci: Y’know, every baby’s different. You can ready as many books as you want… I read Baby Whisperer for Zealand. Didn’t work. *laughter* Didn’t work on him! He was just not having it. And then Soren was born and didn’t nap well during the day, but at night he slept like a CHAMP! But Zealand didn’t. But Zealand was an easy baby during the day! Very quiet. Very compliant. Still, to this day, he’s a compliant child. And very quiet still. While Soren is always *does Soren’s baby talk impressions* Everything is “Wa wa.” And he’s not a compliant child. He has a mind of his own. And he’s like “I have no secrets, I’ll tell you what I think and how I feel and you’re going to hear about it! I don’t care what you think.” He’s just like that! He’s strong! And he’s also an athlete. And my eldest is a musician. He’s really cool. And he’ll see a pretty girl and he’s like *Makes a flirtatious face*

  • JFH (John): That’s Nic.
  • Jaci: …That is Nic. *laughter* Soren does the same thing!

  • JFH (John): How old is Soren?
  • Jaci: Fourteen months.

  • JFH (John): Omigoodness. Starting young!
  • Jaci: *laughs* I know… I know. It’s good though. It’s easy. It’s easy once you get past that first month and you get the hang of it. Nobody tells you… The first month is really hard. And it almost feels like when you’re in your house and you have that baby in there, it almost feels like there’s nothing there outside of your house. It feels like: *said nervously* “All I do is feed… Change… He sleeps… And then I feed… And then I change! He sleeps!” *laughs* That’s all. And it feels like that at first. And then it’s easy. Because then you get a rhythm, and then you’re not scared to take him outside. With your first child, you’re like “I’m not gonna do this! I’m not gonna feed him this! I’m not gonna that!” And I was full-on. I made organic everything. I made his food! And then the second one came along… His goldfish would fall on the floor and I’d be like “OK, here you go baby” *makes a motion of picking up something and handing it to Soren… followed by laughter* I’m like – he crawls, he puts his hands all over the floor! *laughs* You totally change! Ugh! It’s crazy.

  • JFH (John): We know how it is. We’re both second children of two children.
  • JFH (Amy DiBiase): We’re the same age and then we both have brothers that are the same age.
  • Jaci: How far apart are you?

  • JFH (Amy): Almost three years.
  • Jaci: OK. See, my kids are 15 months apart. I mean, you’re gonna be fine, then! You’ll know how to do it. The first night you go home with the baby, it kinda feels weird, because you’re in the hospital, and all you want to do is look at the baby. Just “*Gasp* I just want to stare at you while you sleep! Aw that’s so cute you have a poopie Pamper! *Gasp* The nurses will change you! Aww!” Stay in the hospital as long as you can! It’s like a resort. And then, when they let you leave the hospital, it’s funny because you put the baby in the car seat and he’s backwards and you’re going to ride in the back with him while he drives and you’re going to drive slower than you ever did before – more cautious than you ever have before! And it’s weird, cause you’re like, “You mean – I get to take him home?! You mean he doesn’t stay here? This isn’t y’all’s property?” And then when you’re home the next day, you’ll have these moments of like “Well look at you! I know you’re mine, but when are you’re parents going to come pick you up?” *laughter* It’s so strange!!

  • JFH (John): “Do I need to put him in a cage with bedding or something?”
  • Jaci: *laughs* Yeah! Exactly! It totally feels like that! But then it all just kind of starts snapping together. Actually I think labor and delivery is the easiest part about pregnancy. Being pregnant, to me, was the hardest part. But all the other stuff? I could have babies all day long! *laughs* It’s easy. Really! Being a parent is a lot of work, but it’s the best work. And it goes by so fast! Nic and I were just talking about that yesteday. We just flew in from Arizona and we were on the plane and he goes, “Man, I can’t wait to see the guys!” And I was like, “I know! My babies… they’re BIG boys now!” And he said, “Yeah, it’s going by really fast, isn’t it?” And I said, “Yeah! Zealand’s almost two and a half and Soren’s fourteen months. It’s just so incredible!” I mean, just the other day we were talking to you guys! And Zealand was like, what? Five months? He was little! I was still holding him and nursing him and stuff. And now he’s… it’s just great. It’s crazy. It goes by fast so enjoy every moment! Even the moments where you’re frantic, cause you will be. Just enjoy it. And always calm yourself, remembering that this only happens once! Each time. Even with each kid, it only happens once. And each stage, you’ll look at it… Like, when he’s born, you’ll go “Oh my gosh, this is my favorite time!” And then at three months, “Oh no, THIS is my favorite!” cause he starts to smile! And then six months, “No, this is my favorite stage!” And it keeps going. And each stage is your favorite! And they’re all different.

  • JFH (Amy): Did you know that they were both going to be boys ahead of time?
  • Jaci: Not really. I mean, I did end up finding out, but like, I didn’t those “feelings” – y’know how women have those “feeling” like they know what it is? – Especially with Zealand. I was like, “I don’t know what this thing is! But it is making me really uncomfortable!” And then when I found out he was a little boy, suddenly it became a lot more real. We found out on both. Nic can’t handle surprises. He wants to know. He’s not good at it. He doesn’t like surprises. He’s like, “Let’s just… let’s just find out!” So we did! *laughs* I wouldn’t have minded being surprised, although the baby would have lived in yellow for the first year of his life. Poor kid! *laughs* Are you going to find out?

  • JFH (Amy): Yeah.
  • JFH (John): Yeah, I mean, when I was a kid, I was like “How could anyone find out ahead of time?! On the day the baby pops out, THAT is when you find out!” Now I’m like, “Heck no! I need to prepare mentally for whatever it will be.”
  • Jaci: And the nursery. And when you register for stuff. I mean, you don’t know if you wanna buy your blues or your reds. Or you could go with greens or pinks. It just depends. But you’ll have a blast. Just, the best advice I could ever give you… if you want to hear the best thing to ever get? *leans into the recorder* Get a video monitor! Even if people buy you those little sound ones, take ’em back to Target, and go get your video monitor. Don’t just get audio. And don’t get the cheap on. Get the expensive one. I bought the Summer brand one. Best thing I ever did! And it’s kind of expensive – it’s like a hundred and sixty dollars. But remember, you’ll keep that and… use it on your next babies, if you decide to. And you’ll use it until they’re three, four, five! I’m still using the video monitor on Zealand. When he takes naps during the day or at night. If he’s coughing – what’s going on? I’ll just all of a sudden – click! – look at it. See if it’s cool. And that’s all I gotta do. Get the video. DON’T get the sound. It’s a waste. Cause you’re going to end up going in [to their nursery] and the baby’s going to be doing something, and the baby’s going to be fine, but the baby SEES you and will start crying! Don’t make that mistake.

    ***We talk about her music and then it turns to parenthood again*** … Y’know, I just couldn’t tour with [my Love Out Loud] record that much because of getting pregnant with Soren. I just couldn’t work that hard! We didn’t plan it — I mean, I wouldn’t give him back, though! He’s so cute and innocent! And he’s chubby and perfect! It’s great! Both of my boys wear the same size Pampers! Haven’t done the potty training thing yet with Zealand, but that’s our next adventure when we get back from out of the country. But I’m not going to push him. They say if you push boys, it’s bad.

  • JFH (John): ….Why?
  • Jaci: Boys are different than girls. Girls want to potty train, and they’re a lot quicker to potty train. Boys are very stubborn. That’s what they say. I think Zealand’s ready for it. Finally. I think he’s just kind of getting there right now. So it’s kind of nice.

  • JFH (Amy): That is exciting!
  • Jaci: It is! Big times. Big times in the Gonzales house! *laughter*

  • JFH (Amy): Did you ever do cloth diapers?
  • Jaci: Nooooo! I’m not brave enough for that.

  • JFH (Amy): I know… We were actually just talking to someone last night who did it and they were explaining the whole process of what’s involved. It seems like it’s a lot of work!
  • Jaci: It is.

  • JFH (Amy): It’s a lot of work. And for different reasons, they did it for financial reasons and stuff.
  • Jaci: Yup! You do save money. It’s better for the planet… but! Is it better for mommy? *laughter*

  • JFH (John): Or “Mister mommy!”
  • Jaci: You’re going to be Mr. Mommy!

  • JFH (John): I know…..
  • Jaci: You’ll get it, though. If my husband can handle it, you can handle it. Just get down and get dirty. Just go with it. Don’t be scared.

  • JFH (Amy): Thank you so much for talking with us!
  • Jaci: No, thank you so much for talking to me!

    To read more from Jaci talking about her new music and film projects, visit

    TobyMac's Advice For New Parents

    • John DiBiase: Any advice for new parents?


    TobyMac: Are you a new parent?


    • John: Almost… October.


    TobyMac: Really?! Awesome, man!!


    • John: Yeah… I’m scared out of my mind!


    TobyMac: It’s amazing, dude! Y’know, I only have two regrets that have stuck with me my whole life. One is: once I got married after I dated/courted my wife for six years, I’m like, “What was I waiting for?! This is the bomb!” And then when I had my first child after five years of marriage, which was my little “plan,” after five years of marriage and I had Truett, I was like, “We should have done this the first year!” Y’know what I mean? I absolutely loved it! And I wanted everything to be – for my marriage and for my child – I wanted to have all my life set up perfectly. But it’s just not nice. It’s so much nicer to jump, y’know what I mean? And have a kid! It’s going to turn the passion up on everything you do. So, advice? The first few times the baby wakes up in the middle of the night… just fake sleep, man. Just fake like you’re dead to the world. OR the first time, offer to get it cuz then she’ll be like “No, it’s OK, I’ll get it.”

    For the full interview with Toby about his latest album, “Tonight,” visit

    VeggieTales Interview

    VeggieTales Larry The Cucumber


    With an all new animated adventure out on DVD, caught up with VeggieTales’ own Larry The Cucumber to discuss with the popular vegetable about Pistachio, as well as future projects and just what makes the little green guy tick! 

    This interview took place on: 3/11/10.


    Larry The Cucumber:
    HELLO! Hello, John!

  • JFH (John DiBiase): How’s it going, Larry?

    Hey! Larry The Cucumber here! Let me tell you, I’m a big fan of the site, Jesus freak Hideout! Love it! Absolutely love it! So it’s an honor to talk to ya!

  • JFH (John): Thanks a lot, Larry! Right back atcha, man!

    Larry: Oh, you bet, man! OK, well, cool! Got some questions for me?

  • JFH (John): Absolutely! To start off, is your real last name “The Cucumber” or is that
    just a stage name?

    Larry: Um, well, it is really. Y’know, it’s kind of like my age. I’ve had a really hard time figuring out what it is. I’ve been to the doctor before and he tells me he can tell me how old I am, but he’d have to count my rings, and I’m just not up for that. So, it’s a complicated procedure and I think finding out my last name would also be, so I just go by “The Cucumber.”

  • JFH (John): Fair enough. In Pistachio, you had the chance to work with the three little ducklings. What was it like to work with ducks instead of fellow vegetables for a change?

    Larry: Well, luckily for me, I’m not like corn or anything, cuz then they’d be chasing me around all day. They don’t really have a taste for cucumber, so that was good! But they’re really nice. They’re smart little guys. Greg loves Monopoly! We’d play on the set all the time and he would always trounce us! But Madame Blueberry was the first to get the better of him on that one! But they’re super nice little guys. They’re really cute! They just kind of follow you around all day. And you turn around and pat ’em on the head and then you walk and you keep going and they follow ya!

  • JFH (John): Have you seen them recently since the taping?

    Larry: Actually, I’m working on a new project with them right now. They’re with Madame Blueberry and we’re doing a project called Snooderella. She plays the berrygodmother. And the ducks are her fashion consultants. They’re really good at fashion too, surprisingly enough!

  • JFH (John): Really? I wouldn’t expect that from ducks…

    Larry: Yeah! They’re striking too! They wear little berets and little scarfs. Yeah, they do a really good job in that show, too!

  • JFH (John): How was it working with Khalil again?

    VeggieTales: Pistachio

    Larry: Ohhhh! He is SO cool! I love Khalil! Y’know, it’s been awhile. I think probably since the “Bellybutton” song since I’ve worked with Khalil. Or maybe even since we did that thing where he told the story of St. Patrick. He was just kind of doing a hand puppet for that one. It’s been awhile since I’ve worked with him, but it was really, really great! He’s a really nice guy, super funny, has a little bit of an identity crisis still – y’know, between the worm and caterpillar thing – but he’s been working that out though. He’s just great to hang around with.

  • JFH (John): Did you do any research into the original Pinocchio story to prepare for your role as Gelato?

    Larry: Oh, sure! Well, y’know, I went back and I read the original book, the original 1870’s book by Carlo Collodi. [I] just really dove into the story. Y’know, the hard thing for me, though, was facial hair, really. So I learned how to carve wood. That wasn’t too hard. I started off with soap, like they do in the Boy Scouts, y’know? A lil’ Neutrogena soap bar. Carved a little bear. And then worked my way up to puppets after that. But for me, it was just growing a mustache. It took me eight or nine months for that! That was the biggest challenge.

  • JFH (John): Really? So that was real facial hair?

    Larry: Yeah! That’s ALL real! What you’re seeing there is 100 percent 3-D digital real! Yeah. It’s virtually a real mustache!

    VeggieTales: Pistachio

  • JFH (John): Now, they had to dye it white, right?

    Larry: Yeah, that’s right. I’m not that old yet! I’ve got a little bit of gray sprinkled throughout, but I had to take it all the way to gray. Sort of like a reverse Grecian formula. It’s hard to find that. Y’know, you can find the Grecian formula to take you all dark, but it’s hard to find one that takes you in the other direction.

  • JFH (John): Right. So have you ever been to Italy?

    Larry: No! I’ve never been to Italy. But I really want to go one day. And if I go, I really wanna go to Bologna-Salami. But I have been to Olive Garden. And just the salads and bottomless breadsticks. Those are awesome!

  • JFH (John): Those are your favorites there?

    Larry: Yeah. Absolutely. Absolutely. So my expectation would be that if I do go to Italy, I wouldn’t go hungry. But I’d have to watch the content of the salad, because… y’know… eatin’ cucumber would kind of freak me out.

  • JFH (John): *laughs* Yeah. Yeah, I would expect that. So that means you actually eat other vegetables then, right?

    Larry: Well, I tell the kids, “As long as they’re not talking, it’s great to eat ’em.” And I live by those same rules.

  • JFH (John): *laughs* OK, good!

    Larry: Yup. So yeah, just listen for a little scream on the way to your mouth and if you don’t hear it, just uh… continue!

  • JFH (John): Did you have a favorite fairytale growing up?

    Larry: That’s a good one. Let me think. Hmmmm. Let’s see here… I kind of like Hansel and Gretel! That’s a fun one! Just because of the gingerbread house and the trail through the woods. I try to do that as much as possible, leave a little trail when I go hiking through the woods! But I don’t know. That’s the first thing that came to mind, Hansel and Gretel! That’s a good one. But we haven’t done that one in VeggieTales. It might be nice to do that one day.

  • JFH (John): Yeah, that’s what I was going to say. Do you think you’ll ever do that one, then?

    Larry: That’s a good idea! Here, let me write that one down. I have to figure out how to hold a pencil, though, hold on a second. *pause* OK, got it!

  • JFH (John): Now, for the “Obscure Broadway Show Tunes With Larry,” you sing the song “Where Have All The Staplers Gone?” Have you had a lot of office work experience over the years?

    Larry: Oh yeah! We have our own little office supply thing right over here at Big Idea, and that’s really what inspired it. I was looking for a stapler, couldn’t find one. I was lookin’ in the drawers, looking in the cabinets. I started humming to myself, “Where have all the staplers gone?” (*singing*) Ok, if you can’t find a stapler, what’s the next thing? A paper clip! Hmmm. Can’t find those. “What happened to our paper clips?” (*singing*) Y’know, so that’s kind of how it all started. We just have a little bit of trouble keeping all the supplies up to date. It was a good inspiration for a song, kind of like the hairbrush song, y’know, where Bob gave my hairbrush to the peach! Which, ultimately, I was very thankful for because it inspired a great song! So I don’t hold a grudge against our office manager about replenishing office supplies.

  • JFH (John): Well that’s good! It’s good inspiration.

    Larry: Yeah! Yeah! Just looking for inspiration wherever I can get it!

  • JFH (John): Do you have an all-time favorite Silly Song?

    Larry: Ohhh wow, well, I really like “Bellybutton,” [which] is a lot of fun. I like the boy band I got to be in for that one, Boys In The Sink. Remember that one? So I got together on that one with Khalil also. Worked with him. And that was a fun one. Just the collaboration on that. That was pretty elaborate too. We had like six or seven different sets for that one. So that was cool. Also, I really like “Staplers” because just getting to meet all those office supplies was a lot of fun. Kind of like talking vegetables, which you don’t see every day, you really don’t see rubberbands with eyes or your staplers with real teeth. It was just nice hanging out with office supplies and singin’ a song! So that’s a good one too. Let me think of any other ones I really like. Well, of course, there is the hairbrush song. So that one’s been around for quite awhile! It’s a classic and the kids always ask me to sing that one. I like that one too!

  • JFH (John): Who has been your favorite or easiest co-star to work with?

    Larry: Well, y’know, Bob is really easy to work with. We’re just kind of complimentary to each other. He’s round, kind of short, and red. And I’m kind of tall and green. We balance out really nicely. I tend to be a bit more on the goofy side. He’s a little bit more on the serious side. So it’s very comfortable with Bob. I think, probably, the French Peas. I have the most fun with those guys. Those guys are nuts!

  • JFH (John): Do you have any funny behind-the-scenes stories from the making of your episodes that you can tell us about?

    Larry: Let’s see here. Well, the whale, for instance, we had here at this show (Pistachio), he’s a super nice guy and it was really hard to get him to eat all of us, y’know? Cuz at first, he didn’t want to hurt anybody. But the producer was there and said, “Don’t worry about it! Everybody’s fine. They can survive at least three days! So you don’t need to worry about it.” Y’know, he had done it once before on Jonah. We got swallowed up by the whale. But it was so much like a flashback to Jonah, really. Just goin’ inside the belly of the whale again. But we were lookin’ all around for angels, couldn’t find those. But those three Italian brothers, y’know? Espresso, Milano, and Dorito? Do you remember those guys? Those guys were awesome! They were pranksters, really. Just a lot of spaghetti flying around on the set. Just having a good time! But really, the whole whale thing was a fun experience!

  • JFH (John): What does that whale normally eat then for a diet?

    Larry: Plankton. Yeah, he eats plankton. I’m sure you’ve seen plankton before on Spongebob?

  • JFH (John): I have to admit, I haven’t watched a whole lot of Spongebob.

    Larry: Oh, you haven’t? Yeah, Plankton’s the villain on Spongebob. He’s just a little guy, but whales love to eat them.

  • JFH (John): How long does it usually take to complete a VeggieTales story – from the conceptual stage until completion?

    Larry: Um, that’s usually about a year, I think, from the time we get an idea like “Ooo! It’d be a great idea to tell the story of Pinocchio!” to when it actually comes out. Actually, that one lasted a little bit longer, cuz that script sat. We thought about that script for awhile. So that one probably took about two and a half or three years. But we’ve done other stories in about a year. And there’s some that we’ve done in six or seven months. That’s about the shortest. And, like, a A VeggieTales Movie or The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, that’s about five years between when we think of it and when it shows up.

  • JFH (John): Wow! Are there any Biblical stories you haven’t explored yet that you would like to in the near future?

    Larry: Oh sure! We’d love to do a Garden of Eden story. That would be really cool. So we’d love that. Y’know, we finally did the Noah story, which we’d been wanting to do for a long, long time. So I was excited to do that, just with Noah’s Umbrella not too long ago. But there’s some other stories, like the Garden of Eden, that we haven’t done yet that I’d be super excited to do! Let me think of any others… Well, we did the story of Ruth before kind of as a fairytale story, but that one would kind of be nice to do in a Biblical setting. So that’d be fun too. And maybe Paul’s missionary journeys. That’d be fun too!

  • JFH (John): What actors have influenced your technique through the years?

    Larry: Oh wow, well, I studied Methodist acting. So who are some of the most famous Methodists? Hmmm. John Wesley! He was pretty good. And let’s see, I liked Jerry Lewis! Cuz I kind of have a Jerry Lewis sort of a voice. “LADY!!!! HELLOOOOOOO!!” So I think he’s a little bit of an inspiration, too.

  • JFH (John): He’s a Methodist?

    Larry: I’m not sure!! I think he might be Jewish!

  • JFH (John): *laughs* What is one of your favorite character that you’ve ever played on VeggieTales?

    Larry: I really do like LarryBoy! Cuz that’s exciting to be able to put on the Super Suction Ears and ride in the LarryMobile. It’s really cool! I mean, if you’ve never had a car you can drive down the road and sprout wings and take off into the clouds, you’re really missing out! So I love that! And just being able to swing back and forth between buildings is super cool! And I love playing cowboys. That’s a fun thing. Like when I got to do that in Little Joe and also in Moe and the Big Exit. I love a good Western. And really, for me, playing a wood-carving father in Pistachio was also really nice! That was a big stretch for me cuz I never played a father figure before, so that was a lot of fun.

  • JFH (John): Do you think there will be any more LarryBoy adventures in the future?

    Larry: I hope so! I really do! Y’know, we have a couple ideas that we’re working on. So, top secret right now, but hopefully one day we can make another one!

  • JFH (John): Do you think you guys will ever tell the story of how you and Bob the Tomato met?

    Larry: Ohhh I’d love to do that! Have you heard anything about it before? About the chicken hat company?

  • JFH (John): Uhhh, I did hear rumors a few years ago about a feature film…

    Larry: Yeah! We have a whole story and we’d love to make it one of these days! It’s about how Bob and I met in a small town in Iowa and then got our own TV show and took it from there. It’s a really fun story, so I would really hope that we can tell it one day!

  • JFH (John): So has your success and popularity made it difficult to go out in public? Do fans hound you a lot?

    Larry: Well, y’know, just in general, being a talking, singing, hopping cucumber has always kind of made it difficult to be out in public. I just get a lot of attention that way. There’s not many of us talking vegetables around there. But it’s nice, y’know, people don’t just freak out, they say, “Ooo! It’s that cucumber from VeggieTales!” So they don’t run away. That’s kind of nice.

  • JFH (John): Now, you guys did a Christian Hits covers disc a few years ago. Do you have a favorite Christian music artist…. or two?

    Larry: I’m a big TobyMac fan! I love TobyMac. I love Steve Taylor! Switchfoot is awesome! Matthew West. I could go on and on. Steven Curtis Chapman. I mean, there are so many great, great Christian singers! I just love, love Christian music!

  • JFH (John): What is your favorite scripture?

    Larry: I have that right here. It’s 2nd Corinthians 12:9 — “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ could work through me!” I really like that because it talks about how it’s not about us, it’s not about me, it’s about Jesus working through us! That’s really what it’s all about.

  • JFH (John): What is some of the best advice you’ve ever been given?

    Larry: Make a lot of noise if someone’s trying to eat ya! That goes back to the whole talking vegetables thing. Y’know? I mentioned that. And, let’s see… Well, the best advice, which I try to give to kids that somebody gave to me a long time ago that I try to give to kids as much as possible is, “Always remember, God made you special! And He loves you VERY much!” So I think that’s probably the best advice I could give anybody.


  • JFH (John): Awesome! Did you have a favorite cartoon show growing up?

    Larry: Oh yeah! Well, I love Bugs Bunny! That was a lot of fun. He’s just really a fun character. I love the Muppets! The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. I always loved watching that. And then also, you might be surprised, Speed Racer was really cool! I used to watch Speed Racer and run out and get on my Big Wheel and ride around the neighborhood.

  • JFH (John): *laughs* Do you still have your Big Wheel?

    Larry: It fell apart. It fell apart a few years ago. Y’know, it’s kind of that molded plastic? Y’know, with that little seam down the middle? And after about ten years, it just falls apart.

  • JFH (John): Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

    Larry: Umm, anywhere where I can get spritzed every fifteen minutes. So, the grocery store is nice. Or if I have a little bottle of water, the beach is great, too. So I like it where it’s sunny, but not too hot, cuz y’know, I like to stay cool as a cucumber.

  • JFH (John): What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Larry: I like water skiing. That’s fun. That’s something you can do as a cucumber and just hop on one water ski, cuz y’know, snow skiing takes two skiis and I’m not too good at that. But snowboarding, I can do that, so that’s nice. I like the luge. The luge is kinda fun. I love reading and hanging out with my friends and just being outside!

  • JFH (John): With everything going 3-D in the movies these days, do you think we might see any future VeggieTales stories in 3-D?

    Larry: Oooooooo! We’ve been talkin’ about that too, so we would love to do that! In fact, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a LarryBoy in 3-D?

  • JFH (John): Mmmmm! Yes, definitely!

    Larry: Wouldn’t that be cool?

  • JFH (John): Yeah! Do you think you guys will do any Blu-Ray releases too, as well?

    Larry: Oh, well, we hope to. We’ve actually been rendering in high definition for quite some time. But we’ve been working with iTunes to give VeggieTales in high-def, so you can download it that way. So Blu-Ray wouldn’t be too far away because we’re already rendering in high definition! It just depends on who would carry it, and all that kind of stuff. But we’ve been high-def veggies now for probably about two years.

  • JFH (John): With the success and popularity of the motion capture technology used in movies like Avatar, do you think this is something you might use in the future for VeggieTales?

    Larry: Oooooooo! “VeggieTar!” Wow, where everyone kind of has their own vegetable likeness? That could be cool! I could just go to the grocery store and hook up some sensors onto some different vegetables all around the grocery lane. That could be kind of fun! It might save some time on animation, too!

  • JFH (John): That’s what I was thinking! So you said the next project is going to be a take on Cinderella?

    Larry: Yeah! It’s like a VeggieTales princess stories. And so we have Snooderella which is one episode, and the other is called Sweet Pea Judy. So it’s kind of two princess stories. We’re really excited about that! I get to play the charming prince! That’s gonna be fun!

  • JFH (John): Yeah, that shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for you.

    Larry: I hope not! I’m working on my dashing look, so that’ll be good!

  • JFH (John): Do you have any last comments, Larry? Maybe something you’d like to share with someone reading this or listening in?

    Larry: Well, maybe if I could give people that advice one more time that Bob and I always give? Always remember! God made you special and He loves you very much! Goodbye!!!

  • JFH (John): Thanks a lot, Larry!

    Larry: You’re welcome, John! Nice talkin’ with ya!

    VeggieTales: Pistachio

    See Larry in the latest VeggieTales DVD, Pistachio