Category: Music

Just a Few of the Ways that Nature Points Us Towards Its Creator

I’ll start with 10 things that are rather obvious, or should be anyway: 1. Entropy is considered a universal law in physics. Yet, very well designed machines can minimize it’s impact. Cars can be made today to last a quarter million miles or longer by applying better design and manufacture methods. This is through the collective efforts of highly intelligent designers. Living creatures are so well designed that they seem to play with entropy at will. Birds make a mockery of human attempts at flying machines. Swifts fly so efficiently that they can remain airborne for the entire lives powered by tiny insects. Landing only for brief periods long enough to rear their young 2. Artistry is everywhere in the natural world. The peacock is considered a symbol of beauty. How about the horse, the rose and the rainbow trout. How many favorites can you think of? 3. Flight requires advanced knowledge of aerodynamics, weight economy and balance. Feathers alone are engineering marvels that work beautifully because they were designed intelligently. Remember. that the sole design consideration for so called, “Natural Selection” is function, that’s it. And ns can only operate on existing designs. 4. Music requires a complex knowledge…

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Hazards of Pride

Sometimes I find myself and I don’t like what I see. This can be especially true as a “musician”. For two thirds of my musical “career” I’ve played guitar as a hobbiest and occasionally in church just quietly in the background “accompanying” others and as time went on gradually learning how to lead singalongs for small groups. These past few years I’ve had the amazing privilege to play in a worship band for my church. This has really helped me begin the transition from “guitar player” hobbyist to “musician” and become an integral part of a musical team. It’s also brought out some of my glaring shortcomings as a musician and as a man and more importantly as a Christian. I’ve recently joined a Christian rock band that members of our worship team have formed. I started playing rhythm guitar and another guy was to play bass. But, he wasn’t able to join us until after the new year. So, I filled in on bass, which I played only very briefly some 30 years back. I like playing bass, but it has an entirely different role and presents a whole new set of challenges. In the meantime we are playing…

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Boggles the Mind!

There are so many things about this universe that we live in that blow me away! The land we walk on, the house I live in, all the wonderful materials that man has been able to use to make things. Pine trees and oak trees, spruce, maple, rosewood and on and on provide building and cabinetmakers and even musical instrument makers with strong, durable and beautiful materials for use in make all sorts of useful things. Things that we depend on like telephone poles and books. Wood comes from those wonderful living things we call trees which give us shade and block the wind and even produce tasty fruit and syrup. The wood itself is composed of material left over from living cells that gave the trees their strength and let them grow to great heights. Even rocks and soil all around us are engineered to serve us in many useful ways. A little tar and gravel and you can make roads. Sand can be melted to make glass that lets us see the snow on the ground outside as clear as day even though we are inside dry and warm as can be. Even water in a plastic bottle…

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All These Things

In my teen years during the 70’s, late 60’s i was a part of a garage band, “Heart’s Blood”. We were really just a trio with me on bass, Phil a singer and guitar player and Mike the drummer. We could play 2 or 3 songs and Phil and Mike were OK musicians.  My church, First Baptist, has a wonderful group of musicians. I’m really blessed to be a part of so many fun and rewarding musical ministries. The Sweethearts Banquet is coming up and Kenny has formed an inpromptu band to do some 50’s 60’s pop/rock fun stuff. The plan is to prepare some comic, fun surprises for those that attend. Even Pastor Ed, who is a fine guitar player and really enjoys lighthearted fun, is joining in. I’ll be rythym guitar this time and during practice, last night, the sound was not bad. For some of us, it’s a chance to try to recreate some of the really fun musical things we enjoyed listening to in the old days. One of the many surprises that my Creator had for me since i’ve become a Christian. So many times, God has amazed me in the way he gives us the…

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The Mystery of Music

There’s an interesting story behind the hit movie series, “Star Wars”. George Lucas wanted to bring a scifi adventure tale to the screen in a way that no one had done before. One of the ways “Star Wars” was to be unique was that it would have it’s own masterpiece of a musical score. Previously, Stanley Kubrick had used some classical pieces in his scifi, “2001, A Space Oddesey”. Classical music is probably the epitome of disciplined and refined musical genres. Lucas uses classical orchestration to his own means as a background to telling his tale. It’s a very effective way to give an otherwise comic book story much more dignity and grandiuer. Music has a profound effect on us. As a Christian, and a musician of sorts, my goal is to make my music become subject to Christ and His teaching. Like the fictional war that Lucas’ character, Luke Skywalker was fighting with the “dark side of the force”, there is a dark side to music. Music effects us in profound and subtle ways that we don’t fully understand. Our sense of hearing is designed to give us an awareness of our surroundings, to enable verbal communication and to enjoy…

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