Posts Tagged ‘music’

Some Songs, for what it’s worth

November 4, 2017

Won’t Get Fooled Again” is one of my all-time favorites:
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again:
That song gave us “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.
That’s what you get with violent mob revolutions.
The world-wide revolution that Jesus Christ started is sweeping the world in spite of everything Tyrants and Captains and Kings and “Grey Guards” and “Interplanetary Guardians” can do, whatever they’re calling themselves these days.

Some of the songs from the Kinks are thoughtful ones. This one is anti-war:
Kinks, Living on a Thin Line

But then, they sang in nostalgia for the lost glories of the British empire:
Kinks, Victoria

A description of “A Well Respected Man“, in times agone now, by the Kinks:

Enough of the Kinks, here’s a relevant one for a certain time for a certain collection of states.
Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: A good song for those who are still stuck in the States

The Who is The Seeker, keeps on looking but not finding what it is he is seeking and without even knowing what it is. But in the lyrics the songwriter makes clear that neither Dylan nor the Beatles nor Acid Rock had the answer to what he was seeking.
Reminds me of a verse: “..ever learning, never coming to the knowledge of the truth…” –2 Timothy 3:7

Then there’s Don McLean with a mournful  lament about the fall in the level and quality of popular music and the fall of the original rock and roll genre into dark and deadly depths. American Pie:

Controlled drug wars and rock music of the 1960s and 1970s

July 10, 2014

(Pre-datum) My son is a music producer. He says every minute of every day on the music stations is paid for by the guys who run the industry. He said it’s supposed to be illegal (payola) but they “find ways”. They play a song constantly till the audience gets used to it.

When I found out about it, I thought it was very curious (read “suspicious”) that Timothy Leary was a CIA agent. Especially since other whistleblowers of the day said the hard(er) rock of the 1960s was pushed to soften the kids for drug  sales. How about that, that’s when Nixon ramped up the drug wars.

Friend of mine in college was torn up because he was a (Trotskyite!) Communist but the Beatles he loved (?) sang “count me out” of any violence, dissing Mao by name! Then he excitedly told me one day he had discovered the chorus was singing “Count me in”. Maybe. It “inspired” me to listen carefully to my favorite group for the slogans I wanted to hear, but nope, not there. The only subtle message was one song I realized drove the more suggestible into unlimited and uncaring drug use by the effect of its lyrics. It occurred to me later on that this same band sang Sympathy For the Devil.

It made me furious. Listened to other groups. Yep. Eugenics with ego stroking in one song, “Your mind, your mind is a thoroughbred”. Another sang literally “You are a puppet on a string, you will remember everything”. Unbelievable I thought. My friends thought it was nothing. Nobody thought much of it until a psychologist who was a music school director told me there is a word for music, it induces a “mild hypnotic state”.

Argggh. And I loved the hard rock style, alas. BUT there were a couple of glimmers of light in the mix. Don McLean’s Bye Bye Miss American Pie (lamenting the destructive nature of some of the new stuff). It’s gonna be a bright, sunshine-y day. Oh Happy Day. When I joined a missionary movement it was refreshing to enjoy music I could trust written by peers I knew. Mostly really joyous, some sad ones. We used to say it ought to make people “glad, sad, or mad”.

Glad to see some libertarian crooners out there.


Music that says something

March 16, 2014

Enjoy this one by Jeremy Spencer:

Psychic Waste is worse than pollution…. Good point… More the future on music…


CLASSICAL MUSIC: Proven, timeless, pure, and “smart”

June 29, 2013

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Proven, timeless, pure, and “smart” —Amen!


Love Manheim Steamroller

December 26, 2011

Beautiful instrumental music:

Inspiring, classic-level music..

Just like Bach said, when someone questioned his music saying it was “sinful” because it was not “simple”:

J. S. Bach: Soli Deo Gloria – To the Glory of God Alone

“That his church music was designed to deepen the worship of God and to embellish His service need not be emphasized. Bach expressed his attitude clearly enough by regularly inscribing his scores of sacred music with the letters J.J. (‘Jesu, Juva‘: ‘Jesus, help’) at the beginning, and S.D.G. (‘Soli Deo Gloria’: ‘to God alone the glory’) at the
end. Even in an unpretentious little volume of pieces for the musical instruction of his first-born son, the ‘Clavier-Büchlein’ for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, he opened the
first page of music with the letters I.N.J. (‘In Nomine Jesu’: in the Name of Jesus). He did not shed his religion when he composed for instruction or other secular purposes.

“The feeling that all music was in the service of God went even further. When Bach dictated to his pupils excerpts from Niedt’s book on thorough bass, he reworded thoughts expressed by Niedt as follows: ‘The thorough bass is the most perfect foundation of music, being played with both hands in such manner that the left hand plays the notes written down while the right adds consonances and dissonances, in order to make a well-sounding harmony to the Glory of God and the permissible delectation of the spirit; and the aim and final reason, as of all music, so of the thorough bass should be none else but the Glory of God and the recreation of the mind. Where this is not observed, there is no real music but only devilish hubbub.’

Latin Grammys: Why no protest over lopsided awards

November 16, 2011

First my disclaimer, I don’t care too much for watching entertainers patting each other on the back. My family does though, my wife and stepchildren from Honduras, and so they watched the Latin Grammy Awards show kin Las Vegas the other day.

The news is that this band Calle 13 broke records for how many Grammys are received in one night, and some other record.

My wife and the stepkids were totally disgusted at the lopsided event.

Hearing some of their music, and the other artists’, it is quite an exercise in twisted perception to regard this tilt as having musical merit, plus I somehow doubt record sales would provide a clue.

My family members were disgusted in fact what they viewed as the disconnect between the voting and the musical qualities of the candidates.

To my opinion, it’s another example of the infiltration of political considerations into the thinking of so-called opinion-makers and producers of intellectual products.

Because otherwise it just doesn’t make sense.