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


The American Musical Theatre grew out of shows that played in the southern section of New York City called the Bowery. Popular songs linked together by simple plots became a prevalent form of public entertainment. At the end of the nineteenth century theaters in the Broadway region (42nd and Broadway, going south) of New York brought about the birth of the American Musical Theatre. On September 28, 1891 Reginald de Koven invests $109.50 in a production of Robin Hood which generated 40 performances then evaporated into obscurity. One song from that show has enjoyed continued performances, in fact, it has been performed as much at weddings as any song within the century...O Promise Me. In 1904, running 52 performances, George M. Cohan writes, performs and produces Little Johnny Jones, with the wonderful song Give My Regards to Broadway. His popular style is widely embraced by the New York public. 1910 brought another landmark in the history of the Musical Theatre with Victor Herbert’s classic Naughty Marietta. It ran 136 performances being produced by Oscar Hammerstein, founder of the Manhattan Opera Company, who believed that Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life from the show was the most beautiful song ever written on American soil. This grad European style was also loved by the New York public. In 1914, as World War I is raging in Europe, Jerome Kern had a successful run of The Girl from Utah, which has now fallen out of the performance repertory, but the song They Didn’t Believe Me, remains a classic to this day. Perhaps the most important event linked with the run of this show is the fact that Oscar Hammerstein II, the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein was in attendance at the age of 19. It was an important moment for him as he determined to work in the musical theatre himself. Opening December 21, 1920 and running 570 performances, Jerome Kern writes a musical starring Marilyn Miller called Sally. One of the songs from the show, Look for the Silver Lining, becomes very popular, especially in the great depression which is a decade into the future. The next significant landmark of Broadway opens on December 27, 1927, running 572 performances. It is produced by Flo Ziefeld and is based upon Edna Ferber’s literary masterwork entitled Showboat. Music by Jerome Kern, one of the most respected mature composers of the time, and a youthful Oscar Hammerstein II supplying the words, Showboat deals with a subject most people were uncomfortable addressing, miscegenation, the mixing of races. Showboat has enjoyed continued success from that time to the present. Hal Prince’s elaborate revival in the late 90's continues to enjoy success touring throughout the world. Though the view of miscegenation has changed since 1927, the subject still warrants consideration. The message of Ol’ Man River seems proof that those works of art which transcend popular immediacy will “keep rollin’ along”.

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