‘Music’ Category Archives

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Jun

PORNOGRAPHY: does it matter? what to do?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Ethics, Lifestyle, Media, Music

In Britain, internet service providers must automatically block pornography unless the account-holder opts out by turning the filter off.
That doesn’t apply here.
Most people think it should.
Unhappily the percentage of people wanting greater restrictions is less in the under-40 age group (50 percent) compared with over-60s (90 percent).
Pornography causes broken marriages. It’s potentially addictive — altering how your brain behaves — as per the book “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge.
So what?
The Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation, held four weeks ago in Brisbane, recommended an expert government panel to investigate the public health hazards and social harms of pornography — and to recommend new laws.
Censorship is an unpopular concept, but garbage disposal isn’t.
Our young people are being demoralised and damaged. Doing nothing isn’t an option.
At present, even the lyrics of most youth-oriented songs are hardly suitable to be videoed.

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19
Dec

UN-MERRY CHRISTMAS IN VICTORIA’S SECULAR SCHOOLS: thanks Mr Andrews, have a good one.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, God, Multiculturalism, Music

Victoria’s schools are secular.

At Christmas, children may do “Jingle Bells” but not “O Holy Night”.

“Jingle” — as in jingling the cash-register is OK.

“Holy” – as in publicly rejoicing over God’s goodness is not.

 

9
Apr

SHARIA LAW, “RACISM” AND JOHN SCHUMANN: a dilemma re the future of civilisation?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Faith, Multiculturalism, Music

Songwriter John Schumann was disappointed by his song, “I was only 19”, being used at recent Reclaim Australia rallies.

You can’t help esteeming Schumann’s lyrics — such realism plus such superficiality.

“A four week operation, when each step could mean your last one on two legs:

it was a war within yourself.

But you wouldn’t let your mates down ‘til they had you dusted off,

so you closed your eyes and thought about something else.

“Then someone yelled out ‘Contact’, and the bloke behind me swore.

We hooked in there for hours, then a God almighty roar;

Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon:

God help me, he was going home in June.”

Yes, those clashing with “Reclaim Australia” protesters call them “racists”. Perhaps justifiably in some cases.

But don’t we all fear our Australia being lost to alien domination, as in Sharia Law?

Those rallying to warn about this reality and those fearing the opposite (“racism”) really have a lot in common — yet they find themselves brawling with each other on the streets.

What is the solution?

The two factions must find a common cause.

Including Muslims re-examining their understanding of Allah himself. Plus disowning the violence of the Prophet Mohammed’s methods in his own lifetime.

That’s a lot to ask of them.

But it has to happen for civilisation in Australia and the world to have any long-term future.

 

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Jul
20
May

CAMERON CARPENTER, CELEBRITY ORGAN-PLAYER: thinking about his thoughts about himself.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Entertainment, Family, God, Lifestyle, Music

In an interview printed in Limelight Magazine, June 2012, Cameron Carpenter announces that he is the world’s best-paid organist.
He says that he “fortunately” seldom plays organs in church buildings – explaining that he comes from a God-free family.
It could be argued that the latter piece of information is an un-fortunate one.
Awareness of God can be a great equaliser.
Ignoring God puts one at risk of celebrity-itis . . . .
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Early symptoms would include thinking it important that one is the best-paid organist in the world.
To be the BEST player of the organ-player – that might be something to thank God for.
To be the richest, simply means that one has been successfully marketed.
It would be good if Mr Carpenter could make a fresh start.
He might check the alternative mentality of James MacMillan.
For example at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/video/2010/sep/15/james-macmillan-papal-mass-music-faith

13
Feb

WHITNEY HOUSTON: don’t forget her. don’t fail to learn something from her.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Death, Entertainment, God, Music

Whitney Houston passed away on Saturday.

The Guinness Book of Records called her the most awarded female entertainer ever.

She sold 170 million albums, singles and videos.

But was her life happy?

She became addicted to drugs.

Her attempted comebacks were scorned by the very fans whose idolising had induced her to become what she became.

Who loved Whitney Houston for herself?

Did she end up with nowhere to turn?

We must pray for Whitney Houston’s soul.

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Our culture of creating “celebrities” — and thus rendering them incapable of coping with real life — is cruel.

Also hypocritical . . . .

We know well that the worst sin of all is pride.

How impossible humility must be when people scream whenever you walk onstage etc.

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If your child has the skills to become an “elite” performer at anything – especially music or sport – what a responsibility!

Teach that child, above anything else, to love and fear God.

To strive after perfection – perfect obedience, perfect truthfulness, perfect simplicity . . . .

And perfect detachment from desire for money, power and fame . . . .