2015 18 Feb

Love’s not a clanging cymbal.
And love’s not a noisy gong.
Love is not arrogantly rude.
Love is actually patient and kind.

Love Love

Love’s not shouting and screaming
And love’s not a childish fit.
Love’s not irritable or resentful.
Love is Love is Love.

Love Love

Love’s not envious or puffed up
And love’s not self-seeking.
Love does not provoke all.
Love bears all things.

Love Love Love

Love does not seek iniquity
And love does not think evilly.
Love hopes and endures
All things

Love Love Love Love

Verses – D C G D
Chorus D

Words and Music by Jim Guittard
Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13

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Published under Musicsend this post
2009 7 Jan

Okay, so I’ve been back in the States for over a month now.  It was as if I was skydiving back into this bombed out zone.  I’ve been bombarded with talk on “Bail Outs.”  It’s getting rather old and funny now.  Actually a man on the street asked me for money but he used the word “bail out.”  I think most Americans are obsessed with money and I have way back when chosen to not have money guide my life decisions.

I write this now without a job or that security blanket that everybody is obessed about.  You know the insurance package, the benefits, etc.  I think there is a lot more to life than benefits and insurance and pay raises and working up the ladder and new cars, and houses, and loans. 

And I am aware that once you have kids, and a wife that things change but I will keep my head to the grindstone as they say.  Money is not bigger than God.  I just spent 2 1/2 years over in a poor country called Bulgaria.  It’s a joke how materialistic America has become and I intend not to fall in this trap. 

I know what it is like to have money.  I lived the high life in California for three years before 9/11 tanked the stock market in 2001.  I thought like everybody else.   But when you lose it you begin to think something else is more important.  Back in an article I was in the Dallas Morning News I told the newspaper lady interviewing me that I wouldn’t settle.  I think a lot of people have settled for  a mediocre unfullfilling, meaningless life.  I have had a rough time of it with this decision but it’s not over.  As long as I breathe, I can live.  America needs this!!

Matthew 6:24 (New International Version)

 

 24“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Published under Lifesend this post
2008 7 May

Today’s mainstream music is not very healthy for the average person’s psyche. It leaves most people going in circles and never resolving anything, only hoping to win the lotto of material wealth and fame.

Music in the past had worthwhile messages and often empowered the listeners to strive for something good and meaningful. Nowadays, the listeners are often led on selfish head trips that do not empower at all but rather cripple.

Much of the music of the past was geared to correct society’s problems. Now, music is rather limited in its focus. The main focus is on appearance, material gain and other rather selfish themes. Take a look at MTV for evidence.

Plato

In Plato’s, The Republic, the role of music was discussed for the ideal state. In the ideal state, harmonies which expressed excessive sorrow and relaxation were to be banished completely. In musical terms, Plato only allowed for two modes in songs and melodies: Dorian and Phrygian1 Probably, Spinal Tap’s sad piece, “Lick My Love Pump”, would have been banned.

The modern Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said in his Case of Wagner in 1888: “Only sick music makes money today.” I believe this quotation has much relevance to most of today’s mainstream music.

Here is the Top Ten hits from Top 40 Charts for May 2, 2008 for sales and airplays.

  1. Lil Wayne – Lollipop
  2. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  3. Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown – No Air
  4. Usher & Young Jeezy – Love in This Club
  5. Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
  6. Madonna & Justin Timberlake – 4 minutes
  7. Sara Bareilles – Love Song
  8. Ray J & Jung Berg – Sexy Can I
  9. Chris Brown – With You
  10. Lupe Fiasco – Superstar

Let us examine some of the lyrics.

Partial lyrics Chris Brown – With You

‘Cause if I got you
I don’t need money
I don’t need cars
Girl you’re my heart

Mr. Brown’s implied message is good. He implies that material things are less important than people. I give him a thumbs up for good positive message.

Usher & Young Jeezy – Love In This Club

Might as well give me a kiss, if we keep touching like this
I know you’re scared, baby, they don’t know what we’re doing.
Let’s both get undressed right here, keep it up and, girl, I swear.
I’m gonna give it to you non-stop.
And I don’t care, who’s watching.

I believe this is bad message that promotes impulse and lack of commitment. Thumbs down.

Mariah Carey – Touch My Body

Touch my body
Put me on the floor
Wrestle me around
Play with me some more
Touch my body
Throw me on the bed
I just wanna make you feel
Like you never did.
Touch my body
Let me wrap my thighs
All around your waist
Just a little taste
Touch my body
Know you love my curves
Come on and give me what I deserve
And touch my body….

Trash lyrics. Maybe Mariah is tired of the Paparazzi filming her and claiming they had relationship with her. Thumbs down for negative message. (oh boy).

Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love

Closed off from love
I didn’t need the pain
Once or twice was enough
And it was all in vain
Time starts to pass
Before you know it you’re frozen um ooh ooh ooh yeah

But something happened
For the very first time with you
My heart melts into the ground
Found something true
And everyone’s looking round
Thinking I’m going crazy

But I don’t care what they say
I’m in love with you
They try to pull me away
But they don’t know the truth
My heart’s crippled by the vein
That I keep on closing
You cut me open and I

Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding
I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
You cut me open

Trying hard not to hear
But they talk so loud
Their piercing sounds fill my ears
Try to fill me with doubt
Yet I know that the goal
Is to keep me from falling

But nothing’s greater
Than the rush that comes with your embrace
And in this world of loneliness
I see your face
Yet everyone around me
Thinks that I’m going crazy, maybe, maybe….

I’ll give credit to Ms. Lewis for staying committed and fighting the good fight through the problems. This song is obviously about love. Thumbs up for positive message.

The music of the 1960s brought about change in a turbulent decade. The time was about questioning authority. George Harrison’s song “Think for Yourself” is a good example of the philosophy of the 1960s. Now people do not question authority much. We have become too satisfied with life. We have too much idle time and so we become obsessed with determining who has “The Sweetest Ass in the World”. If you do not know this song, look up Alex C. on google or youtube. These are the type songs that are not only popular but sell money today. I think Nietzsche would be having a fit!

David

In the past, music had the power to literally break down walls. In Biblical times the town of Jericho was liberated by music and sound. The walls surrounding Jericho came down from the loud blasts of trumpets and the shouting of priests. 2 The music set the people free. The music of today often keeps us in bondage to depression or to bad situation we are going through.

Another Biblical musical reference is about the Shepherd David. David was requested to calm down the anxiety-ridden king of Israel. In the King’s palace, David played his soothing harp. This is an example how music can be used to benefit mental health.3

Most of today’s music is aggressive but it makes sense with the War on Terrorism and Iraq both raging. There are so many bad vibes floating around. The workplace is also very volatile and up and down with lay-offs, wage freezes, and rumors of recession. Maybe we are all fed up with what is going on or we should be. We are in a fearful and uncertain time. It is often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I believe that most people should be a little angry and fed up. If the person is not, then the person is probably numbed by anti-depressants or other pills. (Been there, done that). In the comfort zone of America or other place, some people have become too apathetic to break away from American Idol or the latest fad or trend.  Some are waking up though.

In the 1960s, there were riots, protests, demonstrations, assassinations, the most turbulent of decades. Today is probably just as turbulent or more but where is the cry for change from the mainstream?

There are a few but it is limited. System of a Down has been one of the more outspoken bands about the war in Iraq.

B.Y.O.B.

Everybody’s going to the party have a real good time.
Dancing in the desert blowing up the sunshine.

In 1969, at Woodstock, Country Joe sang his famous protest song of the Vietnam War. Here is the first part of the lyrics.

Country Joe

I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die

Yeah, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He’s got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die….

The band, Rage Against the Machine has been outspoken on such issues as censorship and artistic freedom.

This is a very big issue in the music industry these days. Stay tuned…

To end on a positive note, here is a list of artists that have thoughtful and forward thinking messages and have meant a lot to me. You cannot go wrong here!!

  1. Animals, The
  2. Arlo Guthrie
  3. Association, The
  4. Band, The
  5. Beach Boys, The
  6. Beachwood Sparks
  7. Beatles, The
  8. Beck
  9. Black Angels, The
  10. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  11. Bob Dylan
  12. Bob Gibson
  13. Brian Jonestown Massacre, The
  14. Bruce Springsteen
  15. Buffalo Springfield
  16. Byrds, The
  17. Canned Heat
  18. Carl Perkins
  19. Carter Family, The
  20. Chi-lites, The
  21. Chris Stills
  22. Chuck Berry
  23. Coasters, The
  24. Counting Crows, The
  25. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  26. Cure, The
  27. Dandy Warhols, The
  28. David Bowie
  29. Deep Purple
  30. Depeche Mode
  31. Donovan
  32. Doors, The
  33. Edie Brickell
  34. Elvis Presley
  35. Fairpoint Convention
  36. Flat People
  37. Flying Burrito Brothers, The
  38. Further
  39. Gene Clark
  40. George Harrison
  41. Go-Kart Mozart
  42. Gram Parsons
  43. Grateful Dead, The
  44. Hank Williams
  45. INXS
  46. Janis Joplin
  47. Jay Farrar
  48. Jefferson Airplane
  49. Jesus and the Mary Chain
  50. Jimi Hendrix
  51. John Lennon
  52. Johnny Cash
  53. Kinks, The
  54. Kula Shaker
  55. Led Zeppellin
  56. Left Banke
  57. Lenny Kravitz
  58. Little Richard
  59. Lou Reed
  60. Louvin Brothers, The
  61. Love
  62. Lovin’ Spoonful, The
  63. Merle Haggard
  64. Monkees, The
  65. My Bloody Valentine
  66. Mystic Chords of Memory
  67. Neil Young
  68. N.W.A.
  69. Oasis
  70. Paul McCartney
  71. Pink Floyd
  72. Poco
  73. Police, The
  74. Quarter After, the
  75. Radiohead
  76. Rage Against the Machine
  77. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  78. Richie Furay
  79. Ride
  80. Roger McGuinn
  81. Rolling Stones, The
  82. Ryan Adams
  83. Sheryl Crow
  84. Sly and the Family Stone
  85. Simon and Garfunkle
  86. Son Volt
  87. Spacemen 3
  88. Stephen Stills
  89. Strawberry Alarm Clock
  90. System of A Down
  91. Thrills, The
  92. Tom Petty
  93. Troggs, The
  94. Tyde, The
  95. U2
  96. Uncle Tupelo
  97. Van Halen
  98. Van Morrison
  99. Velvet Underground, The
  100. Violent Femmes, The
  101. Warlocks, the
  102. Who, The
  103. Willie Nelson
  104. Wiskey Biscuit
  105. Wilco
  106. Wings
  107. Zombies, The
  108. ZZ Top

up1Plato. Republic. Trans. Benjamin Jowett.

up2 Josh. 6:20

up3 1 Sam. 16:23

2007 5 Jun

Proverbs 14: 29

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

Published under Wisdomsend this post