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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


In 1960 Piccadilly Circus came to Broadway in the form of an English production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! It opened on January 6th and ran 774 performances. Georgia Brown caught the attention of the radio world with her rendition of As Long as He Needs Me. The tradition of bringing English musical theatre to Broadway, would continue through works like Stop the World, I Want to Get Off! and The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd. It continues to this day with the megahit, The Phantom of the Opera. Oliver! was based on the literary masterwork, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. That tradition of setting great works of literature would be repeated in The Man of La Mancha by Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh. Opening on November 22, 1965, it enjoyed a long run of 2, 328 performances. After Richard Kiley sang The Impossible Dream, it would be recorded by many famous performers in the U.S. and abroad and enjoyed widespread play. April 15th, 1975 marked the beginning of a musical that would break the record previously set by Fiddler on the Roof, as longest run of history. With music by Marvin Hamlisch and Lyrics by Edward Kleban, A Chorus Line, with it’s popular song, What I Did for Love, looked as if it would never close. Set with almost no sets and costumes appearing like street wear, A Chorus Line, dealt with the tawdry and difficult lives of dancers. It was unique for the time as it was conducted like an audition with the director being seated in the auditorium with the audience. In 1977 New York City, and the Broadway Theatre was having a very difficult time. I remember the phenomena well, as I moved to New York that year. The city was in terrible financial ruin, and President Jimmy Carter declared the city a national disaster and considered it bankrupt. Fortunately the U.S. Government came to the rescue of a city which held the key to communication and commerce in America. It was clear that if the economy of New York City failed, the entire nation would suffer economically. There was great distrust and pessimism about the future of the city and the nation. Then on April 21st Little Orphan Annie, jumped out of the comic strips onto the stage singing the music of Charles Strouse, and lyrics of Martin Charnin. Annie convinced the world that “The sun’ll come out Tomorrow”, and hope began to reign on the Great White Way. Annie ran for 2,377 performances concurrent with a new vitality that was seen on Broadway. To enhance ticket sales, a temporary structure was erected at 50th Street and Broadway to sell unsold tickets the day of performances for half price. It was a means of filling the theaters and enticing bargain hunters to come to the theatre. The campaign worked and revived a slowing economy in the theatre and brought new hope for the future. The “temporary” ticket kiosk, called TKTS is still functioning and doing a booming business in 1999.

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