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


In 1993 The Utah State Office of Education in cooperation with Salt Lake City Schools determined to try a new program at the Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City for three years. It was an experiment to see if it could make a difference in what is a very compromised school. A series of presentations I made before the legislature and educational bodies throughout the state prompted the experiment. Why Jackson? They are very diverse. They are located in a unique environment consisting of residential, industrial, and recreational properties. The students live in homes, apartments, trailers and some are homeless. They represent every possible socio-economic group. Jackson’s ethnicity is 61%, poverty 88%, mobility 54% (those are students who enroll in Jackson but leave) Single-parent families 50%, and limited English proficiency is 35%. There is a high crime rate in the neighborhood including drive-by shootings, drug trafficing and prostitution. With all of these challenges, principal Marilyn Phillips views it as an exciting opportunity. When the State office determined to launch this wonderful program Marilyn Phillips asked me to come and speak to her faculty as the program was about to be launched. Somehow I expected they would be overjoyed that I was coming, and that this wonderful new program would lift their loads and make their day more productive. I was surprised to see that not everyone shared my enthusiasm. One teacher came to me very upset, saying that she had a given number of minutes per day to teach the concepts she was entrusted to convey, and now because of my idea of having every child participate in a violin program she would not even have that. She further explained that the allotted time was insufficient for success and now the shortened period would guarantee failure. She was very distraught. I felt terrible, but asked her to be patient and see what would happen. I explained that few things in life are written in granite, and if this did not succeed, we would certainly try something else. Within a few months I received a gracious letter from this teacher prefaced with an apology. She was astonished to find that the allotted time, even abbreviated, was now sufficient to convey her course subject with success. She was astonished by the change in paradigm. The reason she was now having success is that the children are now regularly using their entire brain (right and left hemisphere), thereby being better prepared, programed and formatted to accept data and process it. Some teachers at Jackson actually play with the children in the violin class instead of taking their designated preparation time, and have found the rest of their day to be more productive than if they had used it in the traditional way. Marilyn Phillips says the program has Helped students focus, which transfers to all the curriculum Enhanced their listening skills Heightened their patterning and math skills Built positive co-operative learning, which dept of labor considers most important skill to develop for success in 21st C Developed complex thinking and problem solving skills Students with limited or no English are learning at accelerated speed Special education programs have very positive results There are positive influences on the whole school Mobility rate has dropped More parent involvement Contributes to a positive atmosphere at school Increased willingness to take risks Helped students organize their minds Increase memorization skills Maestro Joseph Silverstein of the Utah Symphony Orchestra came to play with the students at Jackson and noted that “the only way we can improve our social problems is through arts education”. The important lesson learned through participation in the arts is community - working together, the same element that the U.S. Department of Labor explained in a report issued in 1991, was the most important in preparing for the future workplace. The skills recommended (working in teams, communication, self-esteem, creative thinking, imagination, and invention) are exactly those learned in school music and arts education programs. 1991 SCANS Report, U.S. Department of Commerce. Children with significant language barriers (35% at Jackson) find that they can succeed and “communicate” through music. Music is the universal language, it has no socio-economic, territorial, political, religious boundaries. The gang related problems at Jackson have significantly improved. Says Principal Marilyn Phillips, “Schools that do not teach the arts are not as civilized as they could be and more barbaric than they should be”

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