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


Since my childhood, I have been visiting rest homes to serenade the residents there. Recently I made an appointment to sing some favorites at our local facility, the Sunshine Terrace. Not being blessed with the ability to play by ear, I asked the nurses to ask the residents to identify their favorite songs. One of my special friends, Eva Knoulten, was conspicuously missing from the list. I inquired of the head nurse why that was the case, and she informed me that Eva had told her that the songs that meant the most to her were from her homeland and sung in German. I decided to surprise Eva at the end of the recital with a song just for her. When I arrived I was warned by a number of the nurses about Sam Johnson. Sam was suffering from the inability to communicate in acceptable means. They knew that he enjoyed music because he would navigate himself in his wheelchair to the organ, piano and radio to look and listen to music. They felt sure that he would enjoy my singing, though they were afraid that he might begin to make some inappropriate disturbance in the middle of the proceeding. I reminded them that I had been coming since my childhood, and that it was very unlikely that Sam could do anything I had not experienced before and break my concentration. I was, however, very aware of Sam in the back of the room, seeming to be some place else, staring at some unseen vision. When I got to the last song, I said to the group that I had a special song for Eva as a surprise and I began to sing Brahms’ Wiegenlied or Lullaby: Guten abend, Gut’ nacht, mit rosen bedacht Mit englein besteckt stupt unter di deckt When I got that far, I was aware of someone singing with me in perfect was Sam.. Morgen früh wenn Gott will, wie im traum’s paradis. When we finished, Sam began to clap loudly. The nurses became alarmed and went to him to stop him. I compelled them to let him continue. With tears streaming down his face, I asked him how he knew Brahms’ Lullaby. He said “I served a mission for my church at the age of 19 in Vienna, Austria.” I don’t know how old Sam was, but I assume he was speaking of an experience which must have happened nearly 60 years before. Words and feelings “locked up” in his memory bank, which were allowed to come flooding out due to the musical genius of Johannes Brahms.

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