The Quick, Sharp and Ignorant Tongue

The Quick, Sharp and Ignorant Tongue

James 3:3-5

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.  Look at the ships also:  though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

A previous post about the book of James (Shut Up and Listen) dealt with the subject of the unbridled tongue and its consequences.  I cited James 1:19-20 where James tells the followers to shut up and listen, think before you speak.  For a quick retort can lead to anger and anger does not produce righteousness.

James goes on to speak of the problems of a swift and sharp tongue. Continue reading

My Relationship With Music

My Relationship With Music

I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God.  Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.

I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount.  Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God.  Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God.  Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.

When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art.  Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading

How TV Influenced My Life, Music, Romance

How TV Influenced My Life, Music, Romance

How TV Influenced my life, music, romance.

I wrote that note probably a month or two before pulling it out of my book to sit down and write about it.

When I wrote the note I was thinking about the influence television had on me.  For instance, without the Beatles being on the Ed Sullivan Show would music had been such a huge influence in my life?  Probably so but then the question would be what type of music?

The Beatles took me down the road to rock and roll.

What if my early big influential act would have been Hank Williams?  How would that have shaped my musical and life journey?

Through the years I discovered and still discover new influences from all genres and eras but the Beatles were the ones who started me down this path. Continue reading

The Father Of Music

The Father Of Music

Genesis 4:21

His brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipes.

It’s funny how you can look at something every day and not notice some significant details.  It’s funny how you can drive by the same location on your way to work, look at the same scenery and then one day see something that you never saw before.  It was always there but you were so busy thinking about your upcoming day or distracted by something more prominent.  You never noticed that piece of interest on an otherwise familiar landscape.

I have read the book of Genesis a number of times and never really took notice to or thought about the verse cited above.  But this time I did and decided to write it down.

I never realized that Jubal was considered the first musician. Continue reading

How Can A Gift From God Be Evil?

How Can A Gift From God Be Evil?

Lamentations 5:14-15

The old men have left the city

The young men their music,

The joy of our hearts had ceased

Our dancing had been turned into mourning.


The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, at least most subscribe to that idea.

Jeremiah told the Jews the words of God, prophesying their down fall and destruction.

Now here he is lamenting the destruction of their cities, wealth and once again being hauled off into captivity and oppression.

What I like about these verses is that Jeremiah is lamenting the loss of music and dance.  Why do I like that?

Because many people through the years and to this very day declare some forms of music, especially modern music, as evil, the work of the devil.  Generally the music declared to be evil is music that doesn’t suit the declarer’s taste. Continue reading

Keep It Simple My Friend!

Keep It Simple My Friend!

I watched an interview of  Leland Sklar, it was part of the “Legend Series” by Don Famularo.

Any drummer or musician who is not familiar with Leland Sklar should immediately turn in their musician card.  Look him up and spend some time listening to his work, then you can have your card back.

Here is the interview.  Watch it when you have a half hour to spare.  It’s pretty cool. Continue reading

Top Ten Vinyl Albums I Forgot

Top Ten Vinyl Albums I Forgot

Over this past summer I was rooting around in a storage room in my basement and came upon my old vinyl record collection. I had thought about selling them since they were just rotting away in the basement for the past 20 years.  But when I saw them I thought let’s get them out and see how hard the years of sitting in a damp storage room had been on them.

Much to my surprise they weren’t as bad as I thought.  A few of the album covers that didn’t have a high gloss finish had a bit of mold on them but they didn’t appear to be warped or not playable.

So I go them out, clean them with some mild Murphy’s Oil Soap and a very soft rag and voila I had a vinyl record collect of approximately 300 albums at my disposal.

There were a number of albums I was looking for as I was going through the cleaning process.  Albums that I recalled spending numerous hours listening to and enjoying I was now anticipating listening to again.

But as I was taking this trip down the vinyl memory lane I came across a number of albums I forgot about until once again seeing the cover.

I thought I’d take a few moments to share my ten favorite vinyl albums that I forgot.  These are in no particular order, just ten great albums that had skipped my mind over the past 20 to 30 years. Continue reading