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 1998, I had a wonderful experience to create the title role in a new operatic work entitled Coyote Tales, by Henry Mollicone (composer of Face on the Bar Room Floor, and Hotel Eden) and Sheldon Harnick, (award-winning author of She Loves Me, and Fiddler on the Roof). The project took over two years in the creative process, and was very enlightening in regards to how sensitive we have become, on the one hand, to be politically correct and sensitive to the rights and feelings of others in this part of the century. Coyote Tales is based upon the Native American legends of Coyote, who, in many tribes carries elements of deification. Coyote creates the world, and the creatures who dwell therein, he steals fire, he falls in love with a star, he continues to be a trickster, and has many lives to accomplish all of these feats. Russell Patterson, General Director of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City was very sensitive to the beliefs of the varied Native American tribes, and set out to carefully initiate open discourse between leaders of the tribes as the work was being created. He felt strongly, that it was important not to say or do anything which might offend or assault the traditions and deep religious feelings on the subject of Coyote. Many conversations and even a consortium was initiated between the creative team of Patterson, Mollicone, Harnick, Vincent Liotta (the director) and myself to communicated and take counsel from leaders from Haskell University?????/ The final result was one of mutual respect and accommodation, bringing both cultures together in a spirit of mutual approbation. It was for me, the example of how the system can work to inform, and enlighten in an environment of tolerant appreciation of differences. This is quite a difference between 1966 and Hair, which purpose was to offend and affront. How interesting to see how a generation can change, at least in the realm of serious music.

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