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)

PLEASE NOTE: It would greatly benefit the reader to follow blog postings from the first post to the most recent. Using the Blog Archive in the left column of the page to jump to the oldest posts. For now I will see if I can find a way to display the posting in chronilogical order, first post to the latest post.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


For the past three years, the Utah Festival Opera in Logan, Utah has conducted a program with students within the northern part of the state, to assist them and their teachers in teaching the Utah State Core Curriculum within the social study discipline through use of the creative arts. Focusing on the 3rd grade study of pioneers, mountain men and Indians, UFO devised ways in which students learned songs of the three indigenous groups and their history on native and authentic instruments, they learned how to paint and make block prints of Indian designs, they learned the dances of the groups, and stories of the groups through creative expression of drama and pantomime. They enacted rendezvous, pow-wows and the challenges of the frontier pioneers. The work was conducted during the day, with a performance held for the parents that evening. The results in internalizing the learning for the children was remarkable. The program is based upon the dictum set forth by Benjamin Franklin when he said “Read to me and I will forget, involve me and I will learn”. Perhaps one of the greatest impacts of learning through the arts is the fact that it can involve the creativity of every child. There is less comparison and judgement in the arts, and students will often become involved and participatory when they are singing, dancing, painting, designing etc. Two years ago, the program centered around World War II. One of the most extraordinary moments was seeing a group of 3rd graders pantomime a story told to them first hand by a survivor of the prisoner of war camp. The moment of deliverance, when the Allied Troops arrived, was chilling. The reality of the moment was far more profound for those participating children, than reading about the incident in a text book. Involvement of this nature makes learning of this nature personal and genuine.

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