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thoughts on Psalm 2 > the Lord laughs in derision

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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behold the political midterms…potentially historic? Not important? Saving America? Six of one, half a dozen of another? I personally do follow politics and I do not ascribe to the “big government lots o’ free goodies to buy votes” approach to nation management. It is a true travesty that so many Americans would rather live off of the dole than work – especially if the difference between the welfare and the work dollar amount is negligable. I am aware that we need safety nets for those that cannot make it on their own, but that is not what I am talking about here. Our food stamp and various living subsidy programs are being scammed by people that do not need them, and are happy to steal from taxpayers. Additionally, we have a power run wild government assisting a perversion, forcing homosexuality (and abortion) on Americans at the expense of religious freedom. Churches and folks of the faith must subsidize abortions under Obamacare…and Christian business owners are being sued and threatened with jail time for not wanting to participate in gay marriage ceremonies. As far as political sides are concerned there is waste and fraud on all sides of the political spectrum…sometimes it seems a prerequisite to political leadership is a corrupt heart. This world is sick.

So this brings me to Psalm 2 – specifically Psalm 2:4 ; He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. I was reading this today and I just laughed at the obviousness of Gods control. It is hard for me sometimes to see good winning with so much evil permeating society – but God does laugh at the pride and arrogance of those that think they will defeat good. For me it is refreshing and clarifying…the Psalmist is advising all, but especially leaders in Psalm 2 (kings of the earth) to humble yourself today before the Lord. “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” So much today in the way of presidential leadership is done with naked political ambition, I often wonder what it looks like to have a real Godly leader.

There is a terrible, epic and horrific judgement coming…in that sense God (and we) rejoice in seeing truth triumph…there is celebration in holy victory…and there is laughter in derision against those that presumed to place their satanic self on the throne where only the Lord Jesus Christ belongs. I believe a special derision and vexation belongs to those arrogant leaders, kings, judges and body politic that facilitated cheating, bribes, lies, sexual perversions, murder, blasphemy and the growing list of various illegal activities all in the flurry of heathen rage – with the people of the earth imagining a vain thing. Before you think I find this political charade one big knee slapper…I don’t. It is at times unspeakably evil and very sad to see so many people being deceived and destroyed, and that places an even greater emphasis on the scripture to the leaders. After all – God has placed them in positions with expectations, whether they acknowledge Him or not. Having said that I AM confident with a joyous faith that God is very aware and intricately involved in the leadership decisions being made…and even when evil appears to have won a battle – I know our Savior will win the war. Lord Christ help us.

In closing, next week you can vote (in America), so do your due diligence and research who you think will best bring this country in the direction described in Psalm 2…it is the very least you can do, and one of the great things about being an American.

new music > everyday

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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contrary to what you see here on the site I have been writing quite a bit… it seems I have started so many different things, but not finished nearly as many. As I have mentioned before, the quote from Ecclesiates; “It is better to finish something than to start it” still applies…so, part of the reason is my studios upgrades in the last 2 months…some of my new software upgrades required a new Operating System…but I could not yet let go of my old, because some of my software only works over there… so that meant a new computer (now 2 in studio, not counting laptop and ipad)… It is working ok with 3 screens, one large and 2 standard panel…I also upgraded a couple of programs, and got some very cool hardware as well…all of this translates into learning curves galore! I decided yesterday just to finish one of the many different tunes…a kind of sketch called “everyday”. I was messing with some sounds; Rhodes, big bangin drums, oozing – percolating bass, layers o’ percussions – and here we are…

everyday

everyday

everyday like the good book say
I wanna get on my knees and pray
kingdom first great joy burst
through all of the work and play
truth say theres just 1 way
its ok its ok

everyday 5x

give me take from me as you will I learn
slowly and stubbornly I learn to yield
with strange hopefulness as from a field
of hard fought battle won the victor chief
turns thankfully although his heart do yearn
so from my old things to the new I turn
with sad thee trusting heart and not in grief
so Lord if you take from me all the rest
to have you Lord is to have your best

everyday
the Son rise everyday

The enemy still hath many things in me;

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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Yea, many an evil nest with open hole
Gapes out to him, at which he enters free.
But, like the impact of a burning coal,
His presence mere straight rouses the garrison,
And all are up in arms, and down on knee,
Fighting and praying till the foe is gone.

GM

The Book of Revelation / The Apocalypse > !

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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I have been steeped in studying Revelation the last several weeks. Right now I am on chapter 13. I have actually read through and studied this book a few other times, and it amazes me how something like this remains fresh, and gets deeper and more moving each time through. I try to vary my approaches when I revisit a book in scripture, and this time is no different. I have been using a series of sermons or expositions by John Guzik found in the Blue Letter Bible. Guzik is a great commentator, using a wide variety of sources new and ancient to come to some well informed views. I am also using the Durer Revelation Woodcuts found here. I have included the 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse as an example in this post (click to enlarge).

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There is so much that is so interesting in this book I scarcely know where to start, so I will just encourage you to read it. It’s imagery is rich and epic! It is prophetic, consequently, it is probable that much of the content has to do with events that are yet to be. The bible promises that those that read it will be blessed, and even if one has a different view on the actual sequence of Revelation, there is no doubt that prayerfully reading it helps me put the events of the day in perspective (i.e. that God is in complete and utter control of how history will unfold). I know that there are people that read this blog that aren’t Christians. Well, today is a good day for a change! If you want to know the Lord Jesus Christ – ask for His Spirit (Luke 11:13) and turn away from those things that you know you should not be doing. This is called repentance…and it basically means to turn around and go the other way. If you have never read the bible before – Revelation might be a bit heavy…maybe start with John or one of the other New Testament books. I am just sharing one of my greatest joys and inspirations…

I have a lot of musical ideas coming from this study…hopefully I will be posting some new music in the upcoming days. Until then – keep smilin!

new song > you lay me down

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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ahhh yes…dreams. Do you remember yours? According to those that study dreams, if we spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping, and we live to be about 80 years old, that would mean we spend about 26 years sleeping. On an average night a person dreams between 4-6 separate dream sequences. The dreams can last between 5-30 minutes. So a person can spend about 6 years of their life dreaming. There is a ton of research on dreams, and, to be honest, there is a lot of bad information / psychology / opinion on dreams. Dreams are mysterious…why don’t we remember most of them? What do they mean? Color or black and white? Why is my dog running and snarling in its sleep? Anyway, I am not really interested in the “professional” studies in dreams, been there and done that and found much of it unedifying. I find a good nights rest and dreams a blessing. Dreams can have meaning and can be used by God, and there can be times where dreams don’t make any sense…but like anything mysterious there needs to be a dose of common sense and wisdom applied in order to remain healthy. It is a little like what CS Lewis said in his preface to screwtape letters regarding devils;

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”
- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

You can completely disregard dreams, or you can be obsessed in an unhealthy way – both would be a mistake (IMO). It seems as mysterious as dreams are, they are influenced by many different things – including spiritual entities. I’ve had re-occuring dreams of flight, mostly by using my arms and gliding on existing wind. One dream that I’ve had repeatedly is that I’m running toward a beach on a slightly elevated cliff, and as the cliff edge approaches I spread my arms and glide out over the water like a seagull. If I mismanage the angle or wind current I become troubled that I will fall. I have had these flight dreams in woods with wind funnels. I have also had horrific nightmares. Sometimes I’ve dreamt things that I have done, or decided to do in a dream, that in my waking moment I’d have never even considered. What does it mean? I am not sure. One thing is certain in my experience; being right with the Lord tends to bring good sleep and dreams. There is so much mystery in life. Dreams, visions, spiritual experiences, the psyche…it is easy to become lost in the forests of the mind, but I believe Christ would have us willing adventurers with Him in exploring life and submitting the messages and meanings to Him in order that we may serve Him better! So – this song “you lay me down” is essentially about that in between world of dreams and sleep. There is a lot of ambient space and use of “subtractive sound” to imply depth and allow breadth. The song itself has been done and sitting finished for weeks, but I wanted to do a video. The only camera I had was a cheap low resolution powershot this time around – and night time photography has a whole host of issues and limitations, so even though it all has a low fi visual feel, at least it’s done…I don’t know why I feel compelled to do visuals sometimes…anyway – for your listening pleasure you lay me down, mp3 followed by various movie formats for your devices, and, the lyrics below all of that.
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you lay me down

I walk alone in the light of the moon imagining
and sense you here with me feeling peace
the golden sunset passed away on the purple sea
a vision shared so deep so serene

ah you lay me down (x2)

I guess it’s something that I think and half to trust
but oh my very heart dear God should lie
spread to the light clean clear of mire, and of rust
and like a sponge drink deep sweet light divine

ah you lay me down (x2)

will some things one day turn to dreams?
will some dreams some day turn to fact?

I have had dreams of such delight just of grass
flowers and wind a peak marble white
they dwell in me like things that are half come to pass
true prophecies when I with you am right

ah you lay me down (x4)

ahh

the art of living…art and life

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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recently I was talking to someone about music, art and life. As often is the case the topic wove its way through the actual discipline of say, making a song or an artistic statement, and making a living. You know the argument; art vs commerce…artistic integrity…selling out and all that. Along with the topic of making a living was the importance of what a life worth living might actually look like. This discussion has been going on for a long time (like since the dawn of discussions), and I do not intend to solve anything here today, but I do want to share some observations from that conversation, and maybe bring some personal thoughts out that I have about the creative life;

1) good art is less what it is, and more what it does

2) good art is true, bad art is not

3) selling out is constituted by seeking first money, and then the artistic statement with money being the sole objective

4) any time anyone promotes or preaches evil through art, they have effectively had their crossroads moment and chosen the devil (even if it is not formalized, or the artist pleads ignorance) (more…)

20 reasons you won’t finish that song…

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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…or learn that instrument, write that book, complete that screenplay make that drawing or climb that mountain of passion in whatever form it may be. Here’s the deal, this is largely confessional. When I look at what kinds of impediments get in the way of my creative urges, I see patterns. Where I fail and learn, maybe you can benefit. There are probably more than 20 reasons, and these are not all my own, but feel free to have a look and see if you notice anything familiar here that inhibits your invention / destiny. After all, if we compare notes and can learn from one another, maybe we can both defeat these hostiles below with greater efficiency.

1) No time.
Really? Last time I checked we all have 24 hours in the day. Almost everybody I know that is productive finds ways to be despite their circumstances and schedule. If days go by and you are not setting time aside for your song / instrument / goal – you will obviously not make any progress. It is usually the hardest in the beginning, but as you develop new habits and experience growth you will find inertia setting in and real milestones taking place. You ain’t gonna shine if you don’t do take the time. There is no magic boat ride to songwriting Saturday. Make time now, carve out that sanctuary of study, fight for your right to write… even if it is only a few minutes every day.

2) Composing, practicing, writing (your passion) is W-O-R-K.
So does that mean a person is not carried along on a non-stop dose of perpetual inspiration? Surely you know that writing is a blissful state of unadulterated enjoyment. It seems to me one of the writer clichés is someone sitting by a piano – dreamily looking out the window as dewy winged notes flit down from heaven. Ahhhhhh. Right. Well – maybe sometimes there is inspiration, but mostly it is an act of discipline to sit down and “work” on music. While I enjoy writing as a rule…sometimes it can be downright unpleasant. Some days it’s fun. Some days it’s harder, but still satisfying. Some days it’s sweat and sting and willpower with little else. Songs are elusive little creatures. Music is an art with a science. We were told way back in the garden our work would sweat our brows – so roll up your sleeves and get to it…WORK that is! It really is a relentless work ethic that prospers. (more…)

dore > the resurrection

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
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hans holbein > the body of the dead Christ in the tomb

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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hans holbein 1520-1522

hans holbein 1520-1522

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new song > that sin

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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sin is the Blood of Satan

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

God never lays the sin of the human race on anyone saving Himself; the revelation is not that God punished Jesus Christ for our sins, but that “Him who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf…” The relationship set up between Adam and the devil was self-realization, not immorality and vice, but, my claim to my right to myself, whether it is manifested in clean living or unclean living is a matter of indifference; sin is the fundamental relationship underneath. Sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong being, independence of God; God has taken the responsibility for its removal on the ground of the Redemption. The condemnation is not that a man is born with the heredity of sin; a man begins to get the seal of condemnation when he sees the Light and prefers the darkness (see John 3:19). The great miracle of the Redemption is that I can receive an absolutely new heredity, viz., Holy Spirit; and when that heredity begins to work out in me, I manifest in my mortal flesh the disposition of the Son of God.

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The Redemption is Gods battle unto death with sin.

DrF

that sin… keys, world beats, noise, lust, dissonance, the undoing, the briar strangling the rose, the beast, the cry, forgiveness, deliverance, a lively hope…