Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Prayer for This Blog in September


Prayer for This Blog in September

            I want to thank You Lord and Father for the 106 countries that are a part of our blog family.  I also want to thank you heavenly Father for helping me to write each daily post during the month of August.  It is my sincere and earnest prayer let this blog will go around the world to places where I cannot go.  Lord, thank You that You are answering my prayer by guiding people from 106 countries to find and read my blog posts. Help me as I prepare a post for each day to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  Only you know Lord who is out there ministering musically that needs a fresh anointing for musical ministry.  Help me to know which philosophical and devotional thoughts will help these busy pastors and musicians.  Lord, you know that I am not sure which aspects of music education and music ministry to write about that will stimulate and encourage the blog family.  Please anoint the blog, the blogger, and the bog readers. If it is your will I am asking that the number of page views will increase during this month. These things I ask in your great and wise and wonderful name.  Amen.

 

Thank you for a Great Month of August

Thank you for a Great Month of August
            Last month was the 32nd month of my blog which contained devotional and philosophical thoughts for Christian musicians.  I have been praying that my posts in 2015 would stimulate new blog members and that the regular viewers would also be blessed by their content. It is my continued prayer that each new post will bring honor to our heavenly Father.  My posts in the month of June were a mixture of philosophical and devotional topics. Some of them were expanded discussions of previously discussed material.
       Since we began on January 2 of 2013 we have received a total of over 55,000 page views with over 1,775 views in August which is a few less views than we had in July of 2015.  Since I started this blog the page views have come from 106 different countries.
            These views have come from Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Armenia,  Aruba, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Colombia, Congo [DRC], Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong,  Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland (Republic of),  Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia,  Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands (Antilles) New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru. Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Porto Rico, Qatar, RĂ©union, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the USA.  We would like to welcome Azerbaijan, who had its first page views this month, to our blog family. The ten countries with the most page views in June were: USA, Germany, Portugal, Russia, France, Ireland, Philippines, Poland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
          If you are from a country that has had page views in the past 32 months and has been omitted from the 106 countries listed above, please email me your country’s name.  Please continue to pray with me that God will allow this Music Philosophy Blog to continue to go places where I will never have the opportunity to minister musically in person. Please pray for me, as I have mentioned before, I am in the process of writing a general music philosophy book and a devotional book for musicians. My philosophy book is now in the hands of the content editor.  So, please pray for her as she works on it. Please pray that the proof reader and organizer of the devotional book will have time to also work on this project.
        I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to view my music philosophy blog during the month of June and a special thanks is in order to those countries that faithfully view this blog month after month.  Please continue to pray that God will guide each post and allow it to reach those who need encouragement to keep ministering for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  
       The main reason that I started this Music Philosophy blog is that, although there is much music philosophy information on the net, not very much of it is from a biblical perspective.  Please share the blog address with your friends.   If you have an area of music or fine arts philosophy that troubles you, please feel free to let me know and I will include it in our discussions.  My email address is Garenlwolf@gmail.com.
 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thought for the Day


Thought for the Day
You will be remembered more for what you "do"with music than what you believe about music.

Direction Determines Destiny Philosophically


Direction Determines Destiny Philosophically.
            One of the most unfortunate twenty-first century dilemmas in Christian music philosophy is that many Christian musicians do not have a series of systematic written beliefs concerning the nature and value of the whole of music.  Many Christian musicians believe that music philosophy is like jello with too much water in it that never solidifies into a cohesive whole.  These musicians fail to realize how important it is to know where they are going musically.
            Remember direction determines destiny.  They want to go to Kansas City musically bur fail to realize they are going east on Interstate 70.  No matter how sincere they are about going to Kansas City musically, they will never get there going east.  Once a Christian musician starts with a faulty premise the rest of his or her faulty conclusions topple like dominos all lined up in a row.
            Those who conclude that music is amoral have to incorrectly assume that in the beginning God did not create music in a personal real objective way.  They believe that God sees music from a distance through rose-tinted glasses.  Since they believe that God does not have an ultimate opinion concerning music ministry, He is not “there” when it comes to music.
            The very fact that music “is” is proof to a Christian that it is a part of God’s infinite creation.  A thesis thinking Christian who believes in a real music creation rather than some kind of theistic musical-evolution is led to the systematic conclusion that because music “is” it is a part of God’s real creation.  Therefore, God is “there” concerning music.  If God is “there” concerning church music in the 21st century, then it stands to reason that he cares about it in a most objective way.  I repeat, God is "there" concerning music!  Never forget that God is more than willing to guide us musically in this century!  James 1:5 contains a wonderful philosophical promise, "If any of you lack wisdom, (sophia, 4678) let him ask of God, that giveth to all liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Quote for the Day


Quote for the Day
"What is the difference between a wise man and a wise guy?  A wise man is smart--a wise guy is a smart-aleck." (Pastor Travis Johnson)  Are you wise concerning musicing unto God, or are you merely a "Wise Guy?"
 

What is a Music Philosophy?


What is a Music Philosophy?
            If we are going to keep discussing a philosophy of music then we must know what it is.  Some grass roots church musicians say, “I’ve done this all these years without a philosophy, why do I need one now?”  They are somewhat like the church board member who adamantly refused to agree to the church buying new chandeliers.  When asked why he replied, “First, no one here really knows what chandeliers are, second, they would cost a lot of money and third, we need some new lights in the sanctuary.”  Rather than bothering to ask what chandeliers were, the board member was actually fighting the very thing he believed the church needed. 
          Many church musicians that claim they don’t have a music philosophy are very outspoken about what should or should not happen in church music.  Although they declare that they don’t have a philosophy of music, they do have one it just isn’t systematic or thorough.
            What is a music philosophy?  It is a series of systematic beliefs concerning the nature and value of the whole of music.  These beliefs should be written and they should be systematic.  If you as a Christian musician are going to be prepared and not end up being ashamed you must, "Study to shew thyself approved (tested or approved 1384) unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 2:15)

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day
If a musician is going to retain God's Word in musical knowledge, he or she must consider the Bible to be authentic.   
 

   

 

Retaining God in Our Musical Knowledge


Retaining God in Our  Musical Knowledge
            In 1960, Donald Grout published his famous, “A History of Western Music”.  In this treatise, Grout is careful not to be specific concerning the origins of music.  He attributes the beginning of Western art music to the Christian church.  He also states that “Greek mythology ascribed to music a divine origin and named its inventors and earliest practitioners gods and demigods, such as Apollo, Amphion, and Orpheus.”3 He also mentions Old Testament references to music but does not recognize Bible music as authentic knowledge concerning the beginnings of music.
            In 1971, Edith Borroff published, “Music in Europe and the United States”.  She begins her treatise on music history with “Speculation on the beginnings of music is endlessly fascinating, but no certainty is even likely to come to it.” Although Borroff was unaware of it, the Hebrew Scriptures had authentic knowledge about Ancient music notation.
            In 1990, K. Marie Stolba published, “The Development of Western Music History”. She begins this treatise on music history by reminding history students that “Plato placed the origin of music in creation, and numerous legends present music as a gift of the gods or the invention of one of them.”5 She begins chapter one by acknowledging the music of Ugarit and the te’amim (musical notation) of the Bible. I was thrilled to see a college text with an excerpt from the Old Testament including the te'amim.  Although it has taken centuries for music historians to come to knowledge of the truth, Musicology has forced music historians to retain God in their knowledge. (See Romans 1:28).

Friday, August 28, 2015

Thought for the day


Thought for the day
If you want to know more about music's significance, study the whole of music and also study it in light of Bible principles of musicing.  If you want to know more about the significance of mankind, study the Bible, not music.

 

Humanism and Music Philosophy


Humanism and Music Philosophy
            One of the most influential music philosophers in the U.S. Bennett Reimer stated that"... the arts may be conceived as a means of self-understanding, a way by which a human's sense of his nature can be explored, clarified, grasped.  Many words have been used to describe the value of insight into one's nature as a responsive organism: 'self-unification' (John Dewey);'personal identity' (Susan K. Langer); 'individualization' (Leonard B. Meyer); 'individualization' (Carl G. Yung); 'self-actualization' (Abraham B. Maslow); ‘integration of the personality' (Paul Tillich).  All these terms signify the humanizing value of self-knowledge."  (A Philosophy of Music Education by Bennett Reimer, pp. 25-26.)
            This long list of general and music philosophers is proof of the fact that a great host of influential music philosophers are strong humanists.  They believe that music begins and ends with SELF.  What is even worse is that those on the list above all believe that a musician can and should derive life's significance from the arts.
             Now you know why I hammer the thesis that "God made Music" and "God owns music" so hard. You have probably guessed already that I believe that we derive life's significance from the Bible and from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ our savior.  I have devoted almost all of my life, and all of my adult life to the study of music education, music of the Bible, and philosophy of music.  None of my studies have ever brought me to the conclusion that we derive life's significance from music or any of the fine arts.   I am reminded of the verse in I Corinthians that explains that, "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom new not God..." (Verse 21a), and also II Timothy 3:7 which states, "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth."