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


There is in our dictionaries a new term which was not there 20 years ago. The reason is because there was not a condition to warrant description. Musicogenic Epilepsy is a term that describes an altering of consciousness brought about by music. Is it possible that music could alter consciousness? The Greeks have said so for millenniums and civilizations have used it in various ways, usually in a positive way. Still, in our own time, the condition has taken a different turn. Let me describe one condition in point. In 19?? A dear friend, Lucy Child sent her handsome ?? Year old son, Curtis off to what should have been a good experience. Curtis never returned home. He went to Salt Lake City with some friends to witness a concert of ACDC at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Curtis had been “lucky” enough to get good seats in the lower gallery section of the auditorium. In the course of the concert, the audience began to surge forward in a great wave of reckless abandon, breaking down barricades in the path of their havoc. Unable to withstand the power of the onslaught, for a moment, Curtis and two other young people were forced to the ground. Given Curtis’ stature and physical prowess, it is amazing that this could have happened, but it did. The security guards and the police witnessed the scene and saw the three victims go down. They came on to the stage, and drew the devastation to the attention of the band, but were unable to cause them to stop the music. When the concert was over, the friends who had come with Curtis to the event, could not find him. The hospital to which he was taken, was unable to contact next of kin, since in the course of the destructive act, someone had removed Curtis’ wallet and watch, leaving him with no identification. When Curtis’s family found him, they had the heroically difficult task of deciding to turn off the machines that were sustaining his life. The Doctors showed them that there were no brain waves, that Curtis had essentially lost his life at the concert, but was being sustained artificially by modern technology. This situation is very close to me, because I have a great affection for Curtis’s family. In addition, I will never forget the night of June ??, 1995?? when my son walked across the stage of the Logan High Auditorium to receive his diploma. There was one major absence that night, Curtis Child. Everyone felt it. A moment of memorial remembrance was noted, and a large group of the graduating class took candles to the Logan City Cemetery to celebrate with Curtis at his gravesite. What a great loss! What took his life? Did those people attending the concert intend to cause the deaths of three innocent young people? I don’t think so, in fact, I think the intent that evening was to come together and have a good experience. But, that is not what happened. The “normal” behavior of those present was altered to such a degree that behavior, usually abhorrent to those present, became the “norm”...Musicogenic Epilepsy. When ACDC was asked about this event in a subsequent media interview, their response was that it was not an uncommon occurrence, and that each time such a thing happens, their ratings and popularity increases. That is a chilling comment. Deaths at concerts used to be so unusual, that they would take prime coverage on the front pages of newspapers. Now they have become commonplace occurrence. Who is responsible for this carnage? That is a question that has not been answered as of yet. Many lawsuits and court cases have been brought to bear against musical groups whose music can be linked to destructive actions. But, for whatever reason, verdicts to link responsibility for such actions to a given group have not been forthcoming.

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