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)

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Thursday, May 5, 2011


Some years ago, I was asked to address the Oregon Medical Association during a crucial time when legislature was being presented to change the course of health care in the U.S. An agreement between insurance companies and health care providers determining whether to cover health conditions which were “not cost efficient” was being proposed. The legislature would have allowed providers and insurance companies to deny care to those whose condition cost them too much. It was a juncture in history which would have altered health care as we have come to know it. I was asked to address the power of music as a means of assisting the healing process. A few days before I was to appear in Portland, I received a call from the woman in charge. She was reluctant to address her concern to me. She said that a number of her group were very concerned about the proposals coming forth and it was the opinion of many of those in charge of the event that the meeting should be opened with a prayer. They were harkening back to the founding of the nation when Benjamin Franklin asserted that prayer was needed at the Continental Congress as they were making such important decisions that would effect countless generations in the future. She was very concerned that if they prayed openly in the meeting, it was likely that representatives from the ACLU would likely close down the meeting. Still, the committee felt it was important. She asked if there was such a thing as a prayer set to music. I assured her that there were many. I told her I would be happy to comply with her wishes. When the moment came, I was announced to sing an opening song. I moved to the piano and sang the famous prayer of St. Francis of Assisi set to music by Olive Dungan as Eternal Life Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace Where there is hatred, let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light Where there is sadness, joy O divine master, grant that I may not so much seek, To be consoled, as to console To be understood, as to understand To be loved, as to love For it is in giving that we receive It is in pardoning that we are pardoned It is in dying that we are born to eternal life When I finished thousands of participants said, “Amen.” The music provided a means of meditation and invocation without offense. Music has the power to bypass religious, social, political differences and speak to the heart. It has no boundaries or language misunderstanding becoming a universal communication.

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