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


I had the good fortune of having a rare and remarkable teacher in the 5th grade. Everyone should be so lucky to have such a teacher. Her name was Wanda Holland Petersen. She was extraordinarily insightful and loving. From today’s enlightened perspective it is all the more astonishing to me that she understood principles of brain function that could only have come in the form of inspiration, because it predates any of the scientific studies and revelations that we presently count as sound fact. The fifth grade is a challenging time of life because of the Standard Achievement Tests (SAT). It is the first time students are truly aware of being judged not only against their colleagues in the classroom, but every student of the same age in the nation. Timed tests become the standard and the principle of stress is learned to a very high degree. For some reason, the River Heights 5th grade, under Mrs. Petersen’s tutelage surpassed the other schools in Cache Valley, Utah to such an extent that the Superintendent’s office began to worry that there was some foul play involved. A “spy” was sent to observe the administration of the test and insure that fair play was observed. I remember the day well. Before I explain what happened I need to explain a common practice that took place regularly in Mrs. Petersen’s class. Whenever the stress level seemed to raise in the class (usually during math) she would begin to sing: “There’s a long, long trail a winding into the land of my dreams” or some other song. We learned to just join in, and in a matter of a few days without passing out the words or music we would add yet another song to our repertory. The “music time” would end with the same kind of nonchalance as it began, and we would be back to our regular work. Another song we learned was “Keep the homefires burning, though your hearts are yearning”. One eventful day Wanda said, let’s sing those two songs together. We thought she was crazy. We were certain that it would create a musical train wreck. It did not. In fact it created a most interesting phenomena called counterpoint, a principle used especially during the Baroque period of music (1685-1750). It is a principle in which two independent and different musical ideas come together to merge on occasions with consonance (harmony) with some moments of dissonance (non harmony). It is delightful to the participants and generates a heightened intellectual process. We always loved doing it. To get back to the SAT experience, I remember getting to the math portion after lunch. A few minutes into the test the atmosphere in the room began to chill. Nervousness, fear, and stress began to increase, and at an unsolicited moment Mrs. Petersen began to sing There’s a long, long trail a winding. We joined in, setting down our number 2 lead pencils. The “spy” looked astonished, and pointed to the clock which had been supplied by the county to time the test. Mrs. Petersen gave her a look of security and let the clock continue to run. At a certain repetition she indicated to half of the room to create the counterpoint by singing Keep the home fires burning. The exercise lasted about 2 minutes, “wasting” 2 important minutes in the test, and yet everyone finished, and again we lead the county in the test scores. WHY? Because stress was relieved and organization was enhanced in our brains. Are you using this wonderful principle to augment your learning and testing skills?

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