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thoughts on study >

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Study to begin with can never be easy; the determination to form systematic mental habits is the only secret. Don’t begin anything with reluctance.

Beware of any cleverness that keeps you from working. No one is born a worker; men are born poets and artists, but we have to make ourselves “laborers”.

The discipline of our mind is the one domain God has put in our keeping. It is impossible to be of any use to God if we are lazy. God won’t cure laziness, we have to cure it.

More danger arises from physical laziness than almost any other thing.

Inspiration won’t come irrespective of study, but only because of it. Don’t trust to inspiration, use your own “axe” (Psalm 74:5). Work! Think! Don’t luxuriate on the mount!

The demand for inspiration is the measure of our laziness. Do the things that don’t come by inspiration.

It is difficult to get yourself under control to do work you are not used to, the time spent seems wasted at first, but get at it again. The thing that hinders control is impulse.

Your mind can never be under your control unless you bring it there; there is no gift for control. You may pray till Doomsday but your brain will never concentrate if you don’t make it concentrate.

In the most superficial matters put yourself under control, your own control. Be as scrupulously punctual in your private habits as you would be in Government office.

Don’t insult God by telling Him He forgot to give you any brains when you were born. We all have brains, what we need is work.

OC

new aural sketch > oh my my

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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I noticed I haven’t put any music up in a while – so I’ll be sharing some of the sounds I have been playing with…
kinda a squirty sumpin…

oh my my

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. (more…)

construction and status fyi

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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media players being what they are, and hardware and software requirements being what they are (all ever changing) I am in the process of updating and renewing different aspects of my website…you may find some surprises over the next few days, partially constructed pages and maybe even a full blown site redesign…its ok – take a deep breath and enjoy the ride, it’s meant to be.

M.C. Escher “I wish I’d learn to draw a little better! How much…

Friday, April 25th, 2014
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…effort and persistence it costs to try and do it well. Every once in a while the stress of it all drives me to the point of a nervous breakdown. It is really strictly a matter of persisting tenaciously with continuous and, if possible, pitiless self-criticism. I believe that to produce prints the way I do is almost strictly a matter of wanting so terribly much to do it well. Talent and all that are really for the most part just baloney. Any schoolboy with a little aptitude can perhaps draw better than I; but what he lacks in most cases is that tenacious desire to make it reality, that obstinate gnashing of teeth and saying, “Although it can’t be done, I want to do it anyway.”

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snakes - 1969

snakes – 1969

gk chesterton > the fallacy of success

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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first published in 1915 – but oh so relevant today!

There has appeared in our time a particular class of books and articles which I sincerely and solemnly think may be called the silliest ever known among men. They are much more wild than the wildest romances of chivalry and much more dull than the dullest religious tract. Moreover, the romances of chivalry were at least about chivalry; the religious tracts are about religion. But these things are about nothing; they are about what is called Success. On every bookstall, in every magazine, you may find works telling people how to succeed. They are books showing men how to succeed in everything; they are written by men who cannot even succeed in writing books. To begin with, of course, there is no such thing as Success. Or, if you like to put it so, there is nothing that is not successful. That a thing is successful merely means that it is; a millionaire is successful in being a millionaire and a donkey in being a donkey. Any live man has succeeded in living; any dead man may have succeeded in committing suicide. But, passing over the bad logic and bad philosophy in the phrase, we may take it, as these writers do, in the ordinary sense of success in obtaining money or worldly position. These writers profess to tell the ordinary man how he may succeed in his trade or speculation—how, if he is a builder, he may succeed as a builder; how, if he is a stockbroker, he may succeed as a stockbroker. They profess to show him how, if he is a grocer, he may become a sporting yachtsman; how, if he is a tenth-rate journalist, he may become a peer; and how, if he is a German Jew, he may become an Anglo-Saxon. This is a definite and business-like proposal, and I really think that the people who buy these books (if any people do buy them) have a moral, if not a legal, right to ask for their money back. Nobody would dare to publish a book about electricity which literally told one nothing about electricity; no one would dare to publish an article on botany which showed that the writer did not know which end of a plant grew in the earth. Yet our modern world is full of books about Success and successful people which literally contain no kind of idea, and scarcely any kind of verbal sense. (more…)

epic computer crash…

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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…well my friends, I had a rather unusual computer crash of epic proportions recently…it was in my main studio rig. I have spent the last days re-designing,  re-installing, re-registering, re-tweaking, re-configuring, re-animating, re-gurgitating, re-adjusting, re-affirming, realizing, reaping, re-apportioning, reascending, reassembling, reassuring, rebounding, rebelling, rebuking, receiving, recapitulating, receding, reclaiming, recognizing, recollecting, recommending, reconciling…and ultimately…RECORDING again…ahhhhhh….I still have a seeming insurmountable number of system tweaks and downloads and integrations to do – but, my friends, it is all worth it. It is really, do you know why? The reason is the untold stories that beckon…the whispers from the bright (and dim)  world other. The M initiative. Yes the M. What is the M initiative? All in good time, all in its place…hopefully as an apple of gold in a silver bowl. But for now – I must return to the enabling of the b-works rig – an assignment requiring  judicious focus.

davidhill.org > news and views

Sunday, November 25th, 2012
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Islam, music and the whisper of satan

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Recently I was talking to a young Muslim gent about a book I was reading. The book is called The Personal MBA Master The Art Of Business by Josh Kaufman (which I would highly recommend it to anyone with a product or service to sell). At this particular point in the book I was reading about a topic titled “Hooks”. The idea is to be able to succinctly capture the essence of your brand in a few words (i.e. Macdonalds > I’m lovin it, or Nike > Just do it, more here) in this day and age we musicians need to be part business if we hope to succeed :-)..

Anyhow, I was talking to Farhan about the book (he asked) and the topic, and I shared some thoughts I had about my website and music in general and then he hit me with something I never knew. He told me in Islam music and singing are considered sinful, and he shared a quote from some high ranking Muslim leader; “Music is the whisper of Satan”….! I was taken completely by surprise. I had never heard this before, and I doubted he was being accurate. “After all” I reasoned to him “we have in Christianity many splinter groups with beliefs that are unbiblical, and even heretical” surely this is the case here. Maybe Farhan was in the minority? Not so, here are some excerpts from the Islam Q and A rulings on singing and musical instruments;
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Al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The four madhhabs are agreed that all musical instruments are haram (forbidden). (al-Saheehah, 1/145).

The author of Kifaayat al-Akhbaar, who was one of the Shaafa’is, counted musical instruments such as flutes and others, as being munkar (evil), and the one who is present (where they are being played) should denounce them. (He cannot be excused by the fact that there are bad scholars, because they are corrupting the sharee’ah, or evil faqeers – meaning the Sufis, because they call themselves fuqaraa’ or faqeers – because they are ignorant and follow anyone who makes noise; they are not guided by the light of knowledge; rather they are blown about by every wind. (Kifaayat al-Akhbaar, 2/128).

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The madhhab of Abu Haneefah is the strictest in this regard, and his comments are among the harshest. His companions clearly stated that it is haraam to listen to all musical instruments such as the flute and the drum, even tapping a stick.

In Conclusion
Perhaps – for fair-minded and objective readers – this summary will make it clear that the view that music is permissible has no firm basis. There are no two views on this matter. So we must advise in the best manner, and then take it step by step and denounce music, if we are able to do so. We should not be deceived by the fame of a man in our own times in which the people who are truly committed to Islam have become strangers. The one who says that singing and musical instruments are permitted is simply supporting the whims of people nowadays, as if the masses were issuing fatwas and he is simply signing them! If a matter arises, they will look at the views of fuqahaa’ on this matter, then they will take the easiest view, as they claim. Then they will look for evidence, or just specious arguments which are worth no more than a lump of dead meat. How often have these people approved things in the name of sharee’ah which in fact have nothing to do with Islam!

I could not express my sheer and utter shock and disbelief. Here was a young man with his whole wonderful life in front of him listening to and attempting to meet the (false) law of music being evil.

Wow. We talked about music in Christianity, what I believed, what he personally believed (he does listen to music and believes he is sinning), worship, celebration and life in general. It was quite eye opening. While I believe Farhan is deceived, and while I believe Islam is a false religion (demonic), I could not help but to have a sad empathy for his right to allow this lie to suck the very joys of life straight out of his soul. After all, we are free in the final analysis to do either Gods will or our own will (and when I speak of God I do mean the One and true God in the Father of Christ Himself, and btw our Father when we accept Christ as our Savior). This freedom to choose brought home the ramifications of choosing self deceit. He knows where I stand with my walk with Christ…maybe some seeds of hope were sown. It also makes me wonder how many of us – Christian or not, are living according to what we really believe…right up to our secret concepts of right, wrong and truth.

I hope you are enjoying music today…and again the quote from Luther “Next to the Word of God,” he said, “the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world! The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them.” Amen to that!

value

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Not long ago I was reading a blog that talks a lot about investment, money and finances. My time spent there reading the blog is based not so much on the fact I have a lot of stocks or even a lot of money. I don’t. The reason I read the blog is there is ample evidence a lot of our current events come down (unfortunately) to power and money, speaking from the worlds “top” governmentally, socially etc…in other words, if you are interested at all in what is going on in a socio-economic or political sense – you would probably do better to follow the flow of money in the world than cnn, foxnews or some party cabal. Anyway…moving on to my point. One of the quotes written under one of the postings at this site was about value…the writer said value was not a function of quantity but of quality…this is paraphrasing a bit – but his point is startling. How many people do you know that put value in amounts? How much money? How many things? And in the process ignore the quality of what is most worth noting, and that is the quality of life. We might add to his point that quality is determined to a large degree by purity. Pure wool, pure orange juice, pure gold…pure music (in this sense music that is free and clear from noise and is life like or bringing the listener into the closest proximity to the actual music statement) all with the least taint are of the highest value….and best of all – purity; life cleansed in the blood of Christ offering you and I complete forgiveness for our sins. If you can read this you have an internet connection and are likely wealthy from a worldly standpoint. You, like me, are in the top 1% globally. We have running water, electricity, a home, a fridge with food. We can walk down the street free from fear to stores filled with anything you might desire. If you pay any attention to the folks around you, you will know contentment is a rare commodity. There is actually a secret to being content regardless of ones circumstances. So where does that bring us? What do you value? Are you content? Are you pursuing what makes you feel most alive, or are you having the life sucked out of you as you pursue “things” in their tyranny? It is my prayer that you would know Christ on a personal level, and that you would seek Him first, and let the rest be added. In this process alone do we come to understand true value.