Bits 'n' Pieces: Local band going to the movies

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Songs by Vancouver country-rock duo the Clinton Johnson Band are gaining popularity among film producers.

The tunes are in soundtracks for three films produced this year, after being featured in several films produced in 2011.

"I'm Glad My Momma Can't See Me" will be featured in the drama "Grey Sheep" by director Nicolai Schwierz, which depicts two brothers who have never met but are brought together by their father's death and a life-changing adventure.

"Every Car Behind Me is a Cop" will be included in the drama "Somewhere Slow" by director Jeremy O'Keefe. That film follows a woman who escapes a hellish existence after experiencing terrible violence.

"Rivers of Regret" will be part of "Canon" by director Jovi Sicajaw, a drama about parents who can't accept their son is gay.

All three songs are from the 2007 album "Behold a Pale Heart." None of the films have been released yet but may appear later this year, said Vince Johnson of the band.

Johnson, of Orchards, grew up in Portland, and the other half of the band, Danny Clinton of Salmon Creek, grew up in Clark County.

For more information about the duo, visit the Clinton Johnson Band

— Paris Achen

B.G. man discovers he has important tales to tell kids

photoI'm an Ostrich

Casey Harrison didn't know what to do with his life after his 10-year career as a furniture mover suddenly ended.

Harrison, 30, of Battle Ground, didn't finish high school and had no other work experience when a neck injury forced him to quit in 2008.

He wrestled with options for several months, then found his new path by following his love of writing, drawing and storytelling.

Last year, he wrote his first children's book, called "I'm an Ostrich," which was published in May.

"The book is an extension of my life," Harrison said. "I wanted to let kids know it's OK to be different. Especially with bullying and those issues, and I've had problems with that. It's kind of a way to help others make a change for the better."

The story is about an ostrich that wonders why he's not like other birds. He eventually realizes that he's perfect just the way he is.

Harrison purposefully left all the bird illustrations as outlines for children to color, as a way for them to express their creativity and individuality, he said.

Through writing, he also decided to go back to school and get his GED from Clark College. After that, he plans to finish a two-year associate's degree in arts or counseling. He's also working on a second children's book about the seasons and has plans for another three books after that.

"I'm an Ostrich" is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Powell's and from other national retailers.

— Sue Vorenberg

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