‘Music’ Category Archives
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.
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.
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:
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 . . . .
Since 1949, “Tony” awards have been given annually for musicals judged the best of the year.
Some famous winners include “Sound of Music” (1960), “Man of La Mancha” (1966) and “Phantom of the Opera” (1988). Some others have been pretty forgettable.
This year’s top award-winner is a musical called “The Book of Mormon”.
Its theme is mockery of organised religion.
Blended, however, with a dash of feel-good tolerance and empathy for the heroes — a couple of muddled would-be Mormon missionaries . . . .
The story’s take-home message is that religion can do good — so long as we disregard whether it is true . . . .
Questions of God, eternity — and any purpose to life beyond worldly ones — are to be strenuously ignored.
This musical thus throws religious believers a bone — in the hope that they will accept the mockery in good spirit — and in the process compromise their faith . . . .
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Media reviews have varied from it being the “funniest musical ever” to being merely “slick and smutty”.
Spokespersons for the Mormons themselves have tried to play it cool and not over-react.
One official response was, “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of Scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.”
From a Christian point of view, the musical may or may not be blasphemous — depending how seriously one takes it — but the Mormon Church’s response is definitely blasphemous.
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Christian teaching is so incompatible with Mormon teaching that one must reply that reading the Book of Mormon can only lead people AWAY from Christ.
The founder of the Mormon religion (Joseph Smith) taught about a “plurality of gods”. He claimed that God was not always God, but became God.
Smith claimed that he himself would become God: “When I get to my kingdom, I shall present it to my Father . . . and I will take his place, and therefore become exalted myself”.