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An Interview with Shawn Jacob
Welcome back to The Tonight Show I'm your host Chung Lao.

Shawn Jacob.  He took myself and some amigos around the city on a recent infamous road trip.  He's a Toronto native.  Aspiring World-Class drummer.  Pretty Easy going & Funny guy.  Loves his family & friends.  Loyal.  There's actually more to add here, but I can't read Shawn's handwriting.....Enjoy.

Posted on October 24, 2005

Chung Lao:  Shawn, howís it going man? 

Shawn:  Itís going good, canít complain too much, if at all. =) 

Chung Lao:  Pick one word that describes you. 

Shawn:  HmmmÖmaybe laid back. 

Chung Lao:  When did you start playing drums, and why? 

Shawn:  When I was young, I began banging out rhythms on anything that would make noise, using my hands/fingers as sticks.  Then I started playing on the bongos, with my fingers.  Mind you, I was attempting to play drum rhythms on the bongos, as opposed to bongo/congo rhythms.  I first played an actual drum set in 1995 when I was in my Gr. 8 music room. 

As for why I started playing, itís probably because I was always slightly rhythmically inclined and fond of percussion. 

Chung Lao:  Which drummers have influenced your style? 

Shawn:  Well, first off I learned a lot from Joel.  So I guess my style definitely is influenced by his.  I learned a bit from Paul also, so I have a slight influence from him as well.  I also picked up a few things from Glen and tried to incorporate anything he taught me as well into my drumming.  Iíd have to say by far they are the best drummers in our church.  Another drummer (not from our church), would have to be Dennis Chambers, a phenomenally fast drummer. Until youíve seen him play, you cannot believe how fast he is.  

I am always learning, so Iíve picked up stuff from Benji, Aba and a whole bunch of other guys.  

Chung Lao:  What do you think of 

Shawn:  I have to say that it is a very impressive site:  quite organized and the best place for the youth to come together, whether it be just to see whatís going on, to vent, to keep in contact with each other, to get advice or whatever else.  

Chung Lao:  Was the United States justified in going to war in Iraq? 

Shawn:  I think they may have been justified only in going in to get Saddam Hussein.  But after that was done and over with, as far as Iím concerned, they didnít have to stick around.  I thought their main goal was to get Saddam; after accomplishing that they should have let the Iraqis be. 

Chung Lao:  Name some countries you would like to visit/re-visit, and why. 

Shawn:  I would love to re-visit India and Saudi Arabia.  Seeing the place, family and old friends would bring back fun childhood memories  

Chung Lao:  What is the first thing you notice about a person? 

Shawn:  Body language: to judge how the person feels around me.

Chung Lao:  List your favorites:

        A.  Hobbies:  Drumming, Balling, Woodworking (which I never have time for).

        B.  Restaurant: The Keg Steakhouse.

        C.  Car: Mazda RX-8 GT (give me a year or two and Iíll have itÖsupercharged =) ).

        D.  Sports Team: Used to be the Bulls, but after Jordan left, donít really have one.

        E.  Lobster: Not too fond of seafood.

        F.  Book(s): Canít think of any at the moment other than the Bible.

        G.  Vanilla Swirl or Swirl Vanilla? Vanilla Swirl.

        H.   Sibling: My li'l bro.

        I.  Music: Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Latin Music. 

Chung Lao:  Is the NHL worth saving? 

Shawn:  I donít really like hockey.  But I am Canadian.  So sure, why not.  

Chung Lao:  While weíre on the subject, whatís your take on arranged marriage? 

Shawn:  I am against traditional arranged marriage but am for a more reformed, if you want to call it that, arranged marriage.  It can be alright in the sense that the girl/guy is actively involved in the process as opposed to the parents, just doing stuff behind their backs. But as for me personally, I donít know, I guess Iíll see what happens.

Chung Lao:  Why is it that the Expos were garbage in Montreal, but upon moving to Washington DC, they became the hottest team in baseball (for a while anyway)?

Shawn:  Itís because they couldnít read French.  

Chung Lao:  Name someone you admire, and why. 

Shawn:  HmmÖsomeone I admire. This is a tough question for me, not because I donít admire anyone, but because I admire a lot of different traits in different people.  If I was to choose just one person, the only person that comes to mind would have to be one of my best friends. I choose not to say his name for the sake of privacy, but I admire him for the love he has for God, his family and his friends. Iíve know him for a while and Iíd seen a lot of the trials heís gone through and how he persevered through them with his deep and solid faith in God. A lot of times, that alone has encouraged me during my tough times.  

Chung Lao:  Are we living in the End Times? 

Shawn:  I am absolutely certain that we are; with all thatís going and been going on, I think its frighteningly obvious. 

Chung Lao:  What are some Pros/Cons to living in Toronto? 


Pros:  Great place to live, lots and lots of different cultures, great food, great people and a beautiful city.

Cons:  Gay pride parade, lots n lots of brown people. 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal church, even if itís not realistic. 

Shawn:  A place where a person can truly worship God and where the word of God is preached in its entirety, a place where a person is respected for who they are and not prejudiced based on looks or attire alone.  

Chung Lao:  What is something you canít stand in a person? 

Shawn:  Dishonesty, and someone who is a fake. 

Chung Lao:  Should Michael Jackson have been acquitted?  Give us your thoughts. 

Shawn:  Yes and No. Yes, because I think that in this case he may have been innocent, but I donít know, Iím just speculating. And No, because I think he might be capable of doing what heís been charged with. I donít know if that makes sense or is reason enough for him to be acquitted or not.

Chung Lao:  Using Microsoft Paint, please draw us a picture. 



Chung Lao:  So can we expect you, Shannon (brother) & company to represent Canada at the 2006 Blessan Samuel Classic? 

Shawn:  Yes, you can expect us to represent Canada, but I donít want to say a definite yes. Iíd say there is a 89.342% chance that we will be there.  5.658% is because I donít want to speak for everyone and we have to make sure we can come. And the other 5% is because we feel bad coming for the first year and taking your trophy away from you guys. =) 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal wife. 

Shawn:  The ideal wife is a person who loves and respects you for who you are, a person that can be trusted and trusts you, someone who can be herself around you and most importantly someone who is honest about everything. 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal husband. 

Shawn:  I would have to say that the ideal husbandís traits should reciprocate that of the ideal wife. 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal fish. 

Shawn:  One that will love and respect you, will aptly and promptly eat food that is given to it, and be thankful for it. One that would clean after itself and its surroundings and would continuously amuse you. 

Chung Lao:  Alright, you are on a late night dive into some underwater caves, off the eastern coast of Australia.  You decide to enter a cavern that you hadnít explored before.  As you enter the cavern, you sense a rumbling in the rocks, and realize that the cavern entrance that you came into, is collapsing.  You make a break for the entrance, but by the time you get there, itís been sealed shut by falling rocks.   

You check your oxygen tank and realize youíve only got 20 mins of air left.  The bulb in your underwater flashlight is blinking on and off, and the temperature of the water is dropping.  What do you do? 

Shawn:  Since I have only 20 mins worth of oxygen left, I would try to venture into the cave to see if there was another way of escape, all the while trying to remain as calm as possible. If nothing is found, I would pray like Iíve never prayed before and ask God to open a way for me to get out, if itís not my time to go. If I get no answer, I will take it from God that it is my time to go, and take a nap on one of the rocks. 

Chung Lao:  Lastly, leave us with a parting thought. 

Shawn:  Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.  Heb. 12:1.

God has given us grace and strength to overcome anything that comes our way.  Continue to run this race and receive our reward in the end.

Chung Lao:  Much Love Shawn.  Next up on The Tonight Show is Pastor John Bechtel of Calvary Assemblies of God in Union, NJ.  You don't want to miss it.....


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