Posts Tagged ‘music’

May 20 Quote of the Day

Monday, September 24th, 2012

‘Evil men have no songs.’ How is it that the Russians have songs?
Friedrich Nietzsche

 

I’m not going to agree that Russians are evil but I am going to agree that everyone has a song. The question is – What kind of a song do you have? Is your song one that lifts up your neighbor and brings joy to you and yours? Is your song one that cries out for help? Is your song the song of love? Is your song angry? It’s important to know what your song might be. If you’re singing a song that doesn’t suit you, it’s time to make some changes in your life. If you’re singing a song that cries for help, reach out and receive it.  There are those that would love to help.  If you’re singing an angry song, be sure you know why you’re angry.  Angry is sometimes a bi-product of hurt or sorrow.  Reach out to those who would ease the hurt.  Reach out to those who understand your sorrow.  Those other songs of joy, happiness, love?  Keep singing them loud and long!  Everybody needs to hear those.

Connections to the Heart

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

The little one got a new MP3 player for her birthday.  She is 7 and thinks she’s all grown up now. Her headphones are firmly planted in her ears most of the day.  She dances around the house to music only she can hear. We are breathing sighs of relief.  Sometimes, the constant noise of television, radio, CD players, etc can be overwhelming to us old people. We like silence.

She came to me yesterday with a comment that made me pause and think. She said ‘sometimes my songs connect to my heart.’ It occurs to me that it might be a good idea to stop and listen with her to the music she loves.

What ‘connects to her heart’ is going to shape her attitude and behavior.

As parents and grandparents, it’s important that we know what they listen to and connect with. We need to instill in our children the love of good music. The kind that lifts them up spiritually, that improves their attitudes, and teaches them to build bridges of love with their family and friends.  There is too much music in this world that can turn them away from what is good.  I want to be careful about what she sings.  I want to know the songs she loves and hear from her what the songs are saying to her when they connect to her heart.  I hope you’re listening to your little ones as well.

 

March 10 Daily Quote

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.
Richard M. Nixon

It’s important to realize that the world is made up of all different kinds of people, not just different colors. Sometimes, we tend to try to keep people out because they don’t have the right clothes or the right religion. It’s good in those times to stop and remember that each person has a note to sing. If we intend to make the very best music, we need to keep all the notes.

March 8 Quote of the Day

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach

Sometimes it is good just to sit in the quiet of the night and listen to the music of your choice. It helps polish off your day. It shines up the parts of your life that are worth keeping and wipes away the rest.

Music is a Reflection of Our Attitudes

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I remember my father as being a very loving man but also a very stubborn man. He knew what he wanted in his home and insisted that he got it. We children knew that swift consequences would come if his rules weren’t obeyed. He was stern about the music played in our home. Certain standards had to be met. Back when I was young, music came on flat, round discs called ‘records’. (I’m sure most of your know what they are. I’m just describing them for you young whippersnappers) They were expensive and breakable. Dad didn’t hesitate to break any record that came into our home that had vulgar language or questionable morals. As a teenager, it didn’t seem all that important to me that a few four-letter words might be found in the music I listened to. As an adult, I realize that it matters what music you listen to! Music has been with us since time began.  Birds were singing happy morning songs, breezes were blowing gentle harmony, hurricanes were pounding angry symphonies for as long as man has been in existence.  Man heard and imitated all of this.  The type of music we sang reflected our emotions.  Anger was in deep pounding bases, or sometimes high discordant notes.  Love was a gentle, tender, compelling song; hopelessness a steady monotone beat.  Today our music comes to us in every conceivable way.  Country singers tell of love lost or betrayed, rap music angrily denounces society and flaunts it’s rebellion with language and attitudes most find offensive.  Heavy metal and rock pushes the limits bringing a feeling of anger and discord.  So-called popular music appeals more to the masses and speaks of love, anger, loneliness, etc that most can identify with.

Why is all this important today? Because our attitudes and our emotions are influenced by the music we listen to.  Man was meant to have a song.  That song can lift you up or it can bring you down. It can express your anger or offer your forgiveness. It can influence how we think and what we do. More importantly, it can take the feelings you have and swell them to irrational highs or lows.  It is not a coincidence that crime and violence are rampant in areas where angry rap music is prevalent. It is not a coincidence that an infant falls into a restful sleep at the sound of a lullaby. It is not a coincidence that we feel uplifted at the sounds of Handel’s Messiah. It’s important for us and our families that we take stock of the music in our homes. When our children are singing songs with words that say ‘I want to start a fight’, it’s time to sit up and take notice. Do we want our homes to express that attitude? Or do we want our homes to express love and acceptance. Whatever we want in our families, we need to find the right accompaniment. And, as my father used to do, we need to throw out the trash.

Music Scene in Detroit

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Q: What exactly type of a music arena really does Downtown Detroit have at night time? The subsequent time I visit The downtown area Detroit, I would like to check out the music landscape. What precisely kind of a music landscape may Downtown Detroit have and exactly where are the very best locations to see good music. I’m interested in seeing contemporary new age music, traditional music, and jazz music. Also, are the places to see great music safe to travel to at night time?

A:  There are several places on the internet which give you information about Detroit and the entertainment that can be had there.  guide2detroit is probably the most extensive that I can find.  It will not only give you the music information you are looking for but several other types of entertainment as well.  Safety at night is always a question no matter where you go.  Just be sure to use common sense.  Stay in well lighted areas.  Keep with a group whenever possible.  If you aren’t with members of your own group, be sure to stay in well populated areas.  Have your car keys handy so that you can enter your vehicle quickly.  If you stick with the normal safety measures, chances are you can have an enjoyable experience.

 

February 22 Quote of the Day

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2000

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

To be lost in your art is a wonderful refreshing way to release some of the tension brought by your daily life. But I would have to disagree with the idea that it is the only way. People come in all shapes and sizes and so they differ in the ways they find to ‘run away’. For some getting lost in music can be that release. For others there is writing, prayer, a good book, meditation…… It is good, though, that we can all find our own way to leave the daily grind for just a little while.