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


Come with me to Christmas Eve 1944 in the South Pacific. Again, it is a night of terror. War has been taken the lives of countless Germans, English, Americans, Japanese, Russians, and French, and the onslaught of carnage seems to have no end. The battle rages in the South Pacific. This particular evening on an island in the South Pacific, it has been a week of carnage. We find the incident recorded in numerous journals of the soldiers who were there. For a week, the Japanese have had great success over the allied forces given that there was no moon. Because of the Japanese superiority of knowledge of the terrain, at midnight each night for a week, they have climbed to positions of advantage and at the stroke of midnight unleashed artillery at the allied forces below. There was a great succession of carnage over the week that preceded Christmas Eve. On this night, the American soldiers climbed into their fox holes, some with Christmas stockings tied to their bayonets, macabre reminders of the day of celebration. As midnight approached the same familiar sound was heard of the Japanese taking positions on the mountainside to reenact the carnage of the nights previous. There was the sound of stealthy approach, then the silence of waiting till the signal was given. Just before midnight sounded, a courageous soldier in a fox hole began to sing “It came upon a Midnight Clear” . It started out as a solo, then a duet, a trio, a quartet and ultimately a choir from all over the mountain side.. When it was finished it was answered with “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, and “Silent Night”, which was a fitting conclusion to the evening as it described it well. It was indeed a night of silence, as the Japanese soldiers retreated from the mountain without a shot. What force stopped those deadly bullets? Was it the familiar music of the 19th century Anglican carols. I don’t think so. It is my opinion as a considered expert (I hold a degree of Doctor of Music in Music History and Literature), that the Japanese could not have known those songs. Could it then have been the words? Not likely. Was it the occasion? Were they hurrying home to celebrate Christmas Eve with their families? Certainly not! It was the power of the music! In my belief it is a miraculous, inspired, ingredient that exists in some music: a power than can transcend social, religious, economic, political differences and speak directly to the heart. It is, I believe akin to love, universal love. I do not know how to describe it any other way. I only know that it is there, that it has great power. I have seen it stop wars! Could it be that Pythagoras, Aristotle and Plato were describing the same phenomena when the described the music of the spheres? Whatever it is, it warrants further examination.

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