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Good Music

Good Music

Good Music

Yesterday I read a great article from Bob Jennings over at I’ll Be Honest about Good Music.

He writes… Music is big in our world, both sacred and secular. It is big in importance; it is big in industry. We have a very musical world. Music is a marvel often taken for granted. Cows can’t make music. Frogs and birds come closer. But man is musical. Angels are musical, as it is written, Job 38:7 The morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy.

He goes on to say… The point of music is not that you have music and you want to adorn it with words, but rather that you have a message and want to adorn it with music. If the musician can’t get his message across by turning the music down or voice up, then how will the church be edified? How will another say “amen”, as it is written,

1 Corinthians 14:16 … how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?

Mr Jennings ends the article with these words…  Now, it must be admitted that there are gray areas in music.  It is an art, not a hard science like math, though God has more math in it than most realize.  Each song must be analyzed.  And, as we go on in the Christian walk, our tastes and choices are purified.  We grow.  This is the way of grace.  There is much to learn.

Read the entire article on Good Music Here…  You won’t be disappointed.

I will praise the name of God with a song

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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What I Learned In Church This Week

The worship was so God honoring and Christ exalting … We have a passionate worship leader who is dedicated to the Lord and to leading and directing the redeemed in our church with songs… While I was singing the hymns and songs I couldn’t help thinking about this truth found Ephesians 5 where we see that the redeemed are spirit filled people who sing collectively to each other and who love to sing praises to the Lord. speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19 We sing a new song, a song only the redeemed can sing… In Revelation 5 we read And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation Revelation 5:9. The price with which the believers in our church are redeemed is the precious blood of Christ, the Lamb without blemish and without spot. knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18, 19

It was God who we honored on the Lord’s day, it was Christ who we exalted, for He purchased the church with His own blood” Acts 20:28. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, which cleanses us from all our sin 1 John 1:7. That is why we sing a new song, a song only the redeemed can sing! The world sings old songs, with a heart of stone and that is the last thing we should care about, what the world is singing, we sing because we have a joy and a hope in our heart because we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb… It’s a heart issue (singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord) We now have a heart of flesh not of stone. Ezekiel 36:26 by His doing we are in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:30) who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, So I sing (not so good) and make melody (even worse) with my heart (because He saved me!) to the Lord ( my savior and my God). That’s why I praise Him, that’s why I sing, that’s why I offer Him thanks for everything He’s done… always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; Ephesians 5:20

The Lord’s day is for the redeemed not the world, the writer of Hebrews calls us to never forsake the gathering of the saints (redeemed) Hebrews 10:25, we are called to devote ourselves to teaching and sound doctrine Titus 2:1 and 1:9 and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 and speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; Ephesians 5:19, 20 Because we were bought with a price 1 Corinthians 7:23 All because of Him our Redeemer, Jesus is my Redeemer, the name above all names, thank you oh my Father for giving us (the redeemed) Your Son.

 

Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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John Calvin on Singing

As to public prayers, there are two kinds: the one consists of words alone; the other includes music. And this is no recent invention. For since the very beginning of the church it has been this way, as we may learn from history books. Nor does St. Paul himself speak only of prayer by word of mouth, but also of singing. And in truth, we know from experience that song has a great power and strength to move and inflame the hearts of men to invoke and praise God with a heart more vehement and ardent. One must always watch lest the song be light and frivolous; rather, it should have weight and majesty, as St. Augustine says. And thus there is a great difference between the music that is made to entertain people at home and at table, and the Psalms which are sung in church, in the presence of God and His angels. Therefore, if any wish rightly to judge the kind of music presented here, we hope he will find it to be holy and pure, seeing that it is simply made in keeping with the edification of which we have spoken, whatever further use it may be put to. For even in our homes and out of doors let it be a spur to us and a means of praising God and lifting up our hearts to Him, so that we may be consoled by meditating on His virtue, His bounty, His wisdom, and His justice. For this is more necessary than one can ever tell.

Among all the other things that are proper for the recreation of man and for giving him pleasure, music, if not the first, is among the most important; and we must consider it a gift from God expressly made for that purpose. And for this reason we must be all the more careful not to abuse it, for fear of defiling or contaminating it, converting to our damnation what is intended for our profit and salvation. If even for this reason alone, we might well be moved to restrict the use of music to make it serve only what is respectable and never use it for unbridled dissipations or for emasculating ourselves with immoderate pleasure. Nor should it lead us to lasciviousness or shamelessness.

But more than this, there is hardly anything in the world that has greater power to bend the morals of men this way or that, as Plato has wisely observed. And in fact we find from experience that it has an insidious and well-nigh incredible power to move us whither it will. And for this reason we must be all the more diligent to control music in such a way that it will serve us for good and in no way harm us. This is why the early doctors of the church used to complain that the people of their time were addicted to illicit and shameless songs, which they were right to call a mortal, world-corrupting poison of Satan’s.

Now in treating music I recognize two parts, to wit, the word, that is the subject and text, and the song, or melody. It is true, as St. Paul says, that all evil words will pervert good morals. But when melody goes with them, they will pierce the heart much more strongly and enter within. Just as wine is funnelled into a barrel, so are venom and corruption distilled to the very depths of the heart by melody.

So what are we to do? We should have songs that are not only upright but holy, that will spur us to pray to God and praise Him, to meditate on His works so as to love Him, to fear Him, to honour Him, and glorify Him. For what St. Augustine said is true, that one can sing nothing worthy of God save what one has received from Him. Wherefore though we look far and wide we will find no better songs nor songs more suitable to that purpose than the Psalms of David, which the Holy Spirit made and imparted to him. Thus, singing them we may be sure that our words come from God just as if He were to sing in us for His own exaltation. Wherefore, Chrysostom exhorts men, women, and children alike to get used to singing them, so as through this act of meditation to become as one with the choir of angels.

Then, too, we must keep in mind what St. Paul says, that devotional songs can be sung well only by the heart. Now the heart implies intelligence, which, says St. Augustine, is the difference between the singing of men and that of birds. For though a linnet, a nightingale, or a parrot sing ever so well, it will be without understanding. Now it is man’s gift to be able to sing and to know what it is he is singing. After intelligence, the heart and the emotions must follow, and this can happen only if we have the hymn engraved in our memory so that it will never cease.

And therefore the present book needs little recommendation from me, seeing that in and of itself it possesses its own value and sings its own praise. Only let the world have the good sense henceforth to leave off singing those songs—in part vain and frivolous, in part stupid and dull, in part foul and vile and in consequence evil and destructive—which it has availed itself of up to now, and to use these divine and heavenly canticles with good King David. As for the melody, it has seemed best to moderate it in the way we have done, so as to lend it the gravity and majesty that befits its subject, and as might even be suitable for singing in church, according to what has been said.

(From Calvin’s Preface to the Geneva Psalter of 1543)

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Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser: The 12 Days of Christmas

Straight No Chaser – Carol of the Bells

Straight No Chaser – Silent Night

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Awesome Cello Music

The is gentlemen is an amazing musician and does some really cool things with the cello.  Hope you enjoy.

 

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Vivaldi – Lauda Jerusalem

Here is a great piece by Vivaldi that will get your blood pumping this morning.  Enjoy.

 

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Ain’t a that Good News

I love this piece, we are singing this for our fall concert.  Hope you enjoy.

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The Road Home- Stephen Paulus, Conspirare Choir

I am singing this piece with the college choir this semester. It is hauntingly beautiful…

Tell me where is the road I can call my own,

That I left, that I lost, so long ago.

All these years I have wondered, oh when will I know,

There’s a way, there’s a road that will lead me home.

After wind, After rain, when the dark is done,

As I wake from a dream, in the gold of day,

Through the air there’s a calling from far away,

There’s a voice I can hear that will lead me home.

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Sicut locutus est

I am always intrigued when I find two pieces of music that are written for the same text by two different composers.  It is interesting to see how each composer treats the text.  Here is an example from Vivaldi and Bach, both Baroque composers who wrote music for Mary’s Magnificat.  This piece is Sicut locutus est, first by Vivaldi and then Bach.

 

 

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Senior Recital Music

As promised, here is the first piece that I performed at my Senior Recital, Femmes De Sevilla, Op. 89 by Joaquin Turina.  Hope you enjoy.

 

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