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


In 1980 my wife and I embarked upon an unusual adventure for us. We determined to enroll in a “brain symposium” in Cedar City, Utah. We had never done anything like that, but the lure of the renowned Utah Shakespearean Festival weighted the scale for our participation. During those days, exploration of the human brain was a new frontier, and the thesis that there were two hemispheres with different functions was revolutionary. We read voraciously and reported to each other on our findings. It was exhilarating and exciting. During that conference, I met Kim Peak?? For the first time. It is Kim’s life upon which, with some poetic license, The Rainman is based starring Dustin Hoffman. Kim’s devoted father Fran introduced us. I judged Kim to be about my age. Kim asked where we lived. I told him the upper west side of New York City. After a moment of looking at the ground and slightly rocking on his feet he said, “Your phone number is 212-580...” He was right! I was astonished and a bit unnerved. Fran chuckled and said, “don’t be alarmed, Kim likes numbers.” He went on to explain that Kim loves to look at phone books. He is drawn to the order with which they are laid out. Fran went on to explain why that is the reason Kim loves music. Music is the epitome of order. Our paths have crossed a number of times since then, I have never ceased to be amazed at how Kim’s profound genius in matters of music and order supercede his challenges in dealing with normal life. Those tasks which are second nature to us like tying shoes, dressing, and writing are very difficult and nigh unto impossible. Yet, the high level processing of music and ordering is in prodigy proportion. I have had fun playing “stump Kim” on the piano keyboard under the stress of doing it before hundreds of people, and have never found a piece of music of a serious nature (classical) music that Kim cannot recognize in a matter of a few bars. His ability to store and catagorize music is astonishing. Kim clearly possesses that 8th form of learning referred to by Dr. Howard Gardner in his “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” published in The Frame of Mind in 1985. It is the Naturalist ability to recognize and name natural things, cultural artifacts (cars, plants, shoes, dinosaurs, songs) I feel so honored to call Kim a friend and witness first hand the wondrous capacity of the human spirit.

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