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


The flipside of Wagner’s contempt for his audience was the deep respect and affection which Giuseppe Verdi held for his audience. He understood the impact he had on the people. He championed their causes often, as we discussed earlier in his association with the risurgimento (revolution). He exercised significant responsibility as a composer who recognized his influence on the shaping of a nation. The system that operated critics of Verdi’s day was much different than the one we use today. Today, critics come after the fact to view a work, then give their opinion. In the popular arts such as movies, Broadway Musicals, recordings, etc, which derive longevity based upon public consumption, it may have some influence. However, when there is only one performance, as is often the case with serious music being presented in our days, the critic’s only influence is to spread abroad his own personal bias or announce to the world his ignorance. The critics of Verdi’s day were knowledgeable people who held the public’s best interest at heart. Their role was to examine the work BEFORE it was presented before the public and judge if there was anything in it’s content that might insight unfortunate public response. We know today, by information retrieval, that when movies portray successful, or even unsuccessful bank robberies, hi-jackings, computer conspiracy etc., that these incidents accelerate in our society. The arts have a significant influence in shaping behavior. In 18?? Verdi completed a wonderful work for premiere in Milano at La Scala. The work dealt with the political assassination of Gustav III, King of Sweden, an actual event which took place in 18??? The critics were very concerned that such a portrayal would be pernicious to the people of Italy, who were struggling with great political unrest. They feared that such a musical drama would cause someone to act out a similar scenario in Rome. Being the pragmatist (problem solver) that Verdi was, he asked for the ability to re-write the work, to their, and his satisfaction. He moved the location for away, to Boston, Massachusetts, and the role of Gustav was replaced with Riccardo (Richard), mayor of Boston. The critics felt confident that the remote setting of Boston, and the lower political figure of mayor made the work more acceptable, and it opened. It is a good things as it is one of the pivotal works in the canon of Verdi’s output. It tells us something about Verdi’s willingness to do what was perceived to be the best good of the public. Would that such responsibility were exercised by creators and critics today.

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