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

Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

It is a New Year and like most people I make a New Year’s resolution.

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back to the time of ancient Babylon and the Roman Empire.  It has continued through the ages.

I have never been a big celebrator of the New Year.  Through most of my younger days I was always working.

Anyone who has ever played in a working band, full or part time, knows that New Year’s Eve is your biggest night of the year.  You usually get paid twice your normal rate if not more, sometimes much more.

So from teenager and into my late twenties I was always working New Years Eve. Continue reading

One of My Most Favorites, Eric Clapton

One of My Most Favorites, Eric Clapton

I have written about some of my favorite artists but today I wanted to write about one of my most favorite artists (if there is such a thing as most favorite), Eric Clapton.

I want to write about the honesty in his work which I am sure translates into him as a person.

A few years back my wife bought some CD’s at a yard sale and among the many that she brought home was Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim”.

When I first reviewed the CD insert I looked at the credits.  I noticed it was all electronic programmed drums.  That instantly turned me off.   But when I finally sat down and started listening to it I liked it and it quickly became one of my favorite Clapton albums.

One of my favorite songs on “Pilgrim” is “River of Tears”.  At first I couldn’t believe that “River of Tears” was programmed drums. Continue reading

All Fluff And No Substance

All Fluff And No Substance

As we near the fifteenth and final season of this popularity contest I thought I would share this piece.

One night last winter I was watching American Idol with my wife.

Normally I don’t watch American Idol or any of those talent contest shows.   I just don’t care for them.  But this night I was just too tired to care or to go into another room and watch something else.   I had spent most of the day shoveling snow.

This week they were narrowing down the sixteen contestants and on this night the top eight girls had to sing. Continue reading

Psalms 90:10-12

Psalms 90:10-12

Psalms 90:10-12

The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?

So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.

How powerful are these words from Psalms?

I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny.  There is no denying the power of these words.

Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.

When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.

This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse.  Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life.  He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself. Continue reading

I Have To Make It Happen

I Have To Make It Happen

This piece came to me when I was trying to do my daily journal entry and had a bit of a mental block.

Today I am struggling for an idea.  Could it be after doing this almost every week day since March (2014) and having filled well over 500 pages that I am running out of ideas?

I have ideas jotted down on sticky notes that I post inside my journal.  I just reviewed them and not one idea really excited me.

I am trying to maintain that line between being disciplined to write every day and writing becoming a chore that is no fun and something I start to avoid.

I need to get myself back in tune with writing down thoughts that would make interesting posts.  But these thoughts and subjects have to be honest not something contrived.

When I write poems or lyrics I have to make that happen.  Writing and creating just doesn’t drop out of the sky. Continue reading