My Purpose

My Purpose

The purpose of this blog is to help people understand that music can be more then just entertainment, and what those things are. I want be able to help people with this blog. I don't know everything about music, I am still studying it, however, I will share what I have found. I hope you will be enlighted and edified by what I have to share. I worry that some people might turn a deaf ear to my blog if they read something on this blog that they don't agree with. I respect your beliefs. I don't agree with everything I read either. But I know you can find something that can help and interest you, if you just keep reading.

"Quotes Worth Mentioning"


When asked where his inspiration came from, Johannes Brahms said, "I immediately feel vibrations that thrills my whole being. These are the Spirit illuminating the soul power within, and in this exalted state, I see clearly what is obscure in my ordinary moods: Then I feel capable of drawing inspiration from above, as Beethoven ... Straighway the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. Measure by measure, the finished product is revealed to me when I am in those rare, inspired moods." "The powers from which all truly great composers like Mozart, Schubert, Bach and Beethoven drew their inspiration is the same power that enabled Jesus to work his miracles. It is the same power that created our earth and the whole universe"
("Talks with Great Composers", Arthur M. Abell)

"Give me power over he who shapes the music of a nation, and I care not for who shapes it laws"
Napolian Bonaparte

“Intellectual enlightenment consists of instruction in the arts, numbers, history, speech, and government. Music consummates a man’s life, giving his rituals meaning. Music has a trensforming effect on its listeners, and should be the first principle of government.” -The Teachings of Confucius.

I quote some remarks between,Gene R. Cook, and Mik Jagger made a few years ago:
Cook: "I have the opportunity to be with a lot of young people. Many say your music does not affect them adversely in any way. Others say it effects them in a very bad way. What is your opinion? What is your impact?”
Jagger "Our music is calculated to drive the kids to sex. It's not my fault what they do. It's up to them. I'm just making a lot of money.”
Cook: He was in Mexico making a profane and pornographic music video because the cost is 1/3 there. In addition it is easier to produce such videos there at the moment. He explained that though such videos with explicit sexual behavior is illegal on US national television, it soon will be, and they want to have the videos ready. Now not only audio pornography can be portrayed, but they can view it as well. He was making more money this way."
Jagger:“It doesn't matter what you do in life, there are no rules. There is no god. You can take whatever you want. It doesn't matter."

"To encourage literature and the arts is the duty which every good citizen owns to his country."
George Washington

"Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it."

(more qoutes to come)

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Thursday, May 5, 2011


In 19?? Elvira Voth determined to leave her home of Anchorage, Alaska and return to the land of her birth in Kansas. Being retired, Elvira wished to make a difference. She approached the warden of the East Lansing Minimum Security Prison with the hope of starting a volunteer chorus in the prison. Her request was not welcomed, given the fact that the warden was concerned about being able to “protect” Elvira within the confines of the prison. She assured him that “the music would protect her”. The first day she met with the inmates, she asked which ones were basses, and which tenors. They did not seem to know, since they had no experience in determining range. She vocalized the group and determined which were low (bass), which were high (tenor) and which were medium (baritone). At that point she divided them up within those three vocal parts and gave them a note to sing. C for the basses, E for the baritones and G for the tenors, creating a C major chord. One of the men became emotionally moved to tears in the process inquiring what they had just done. Elvira explained that it was harmony. He admitted that he had never experienced anything like that. They continued to sing the chord over and over again. A number of the men were moved by the experience. What the inmate was articulating goes far beyond musical matters but responds to the directives noted in the Department of Labor report of 1991 relating to the importance of learning to work within a community. After a period of time, the chorus began to achieve at a good level. Elvira invited men from her church (Mennonites) to join with the prisoners on occasions and rehearse with them. When the chorus achieved exceptional performance skills, Elvira convinced the warden to allow them to perform on the outside with security. The Governor of Kansas heard of this phenomena and invited the chorus to appear at the state capitol on Martin Luther King day on ???, 19?? The reception was overwhelming, and one of the inmates confided in Elvira saying “do you know what it feels like to be applauded when all your life you’ve been told you’re not worth anything. A number of these men will ultimately return to society, and Elvira’s dream is to assist them in gaining skills to make that transition. One of the inmates has since been paroled but returns to rehearse and perform with the chorus. He does so because it is the first time in his life he has felt part of a noble activity and a community. In speaking to Elvira about his wonderful project, I said “it must feel so wonderful to have made such a difference in the lives of these men”. She responded by saying “yes, but it’s too late! Where were we when these men were in the 5th grade? Perhaps if we had been there for them, they would not be here.” Though Elvira recognizes the profound good she is doing she is right about the proactive power of helping young people in the formative years.

1 comment:

  1. I was one of those who Elvira reached when I was young. I grew up in Anchorage when she was head of the Anchorage Community Chorus. It was a formative experience of my life which led to my career in Opera (as a director and production manager) and my present work as an arts educator around the country. I can testify that Elvira changed lives - she changed mine.