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Worship Energy

25 Aug

I’m looking through you… you’re not the same!

One of my favourite parts of Beatles music (or “of The Beatles music”—whichever is correct, or incorrect, just to be rebellious) is the high-energy, driving portion of the song that starts during the word “same”. One of my favourite parts of Marianas Trench music is a similar part in Masterpiece Theatre III, about 2:30 into the song… after a gruelling 15 minutes or so of unique, but not exactly awesome music in Masterpieces I and II and the beginning of III. One of my favourite parts (perhaps very favourite) of Muse music is a similar part which begins the second section of Knights of Cydonia. One of my favourite parts of Kings of Leon music is a similar part in Black Thumbnail when the chorus blasts in after a relatively simple verse (not that the chorus is complex). And the list goes on and on.

I suddenly came to realize that pattern of some of my favourite moments in music just a short while ago. Numerous bands that I’m not very fond of in general get shot much higher on my internal categorization of best to worse when moments like those. I like the energy in those moments. It makes me think of being at a concert when the band starts getting crazy and everyone starts jumping and dancing.

Worship at church used to be like that… at least where I grew up.

I don’t know what happened,

but I hope it comes back.

Alrighty then, until we meet again, have a better than average day.


Zach

Music: 2

24 Aug

There’s something about music that is very enjoyable.

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like to listen to music. I know people who don’t like to read, people who don’t like things like movies and television.

There may be a large percentage of people who only like specific types of music, but everyone, even the pope, likes music. As a matter of fact, the vatican recently released a list of music (what modern young folk—those younger than the pope—refer to as a “playlist”) that they felt shared the aim to reach the heart of good minded people. It included music by Mozart, The Vatican Choir, and Muse (yes) among other classical and far from classical artists.

Music is just about the only form of entertainment that can be found across the entire planet. It does not rely on any sort of technology. You need at least one ear to enjoy it and at least one mobile appendage to make it—though two ears and a mouth would be far more beneficial (not to mention a second, third and fourth appendage).

I had a point when I first began this… but I’ve now forgotten what it was. But, rather than scrapping this whole thing, I’ve decided to post what is here… and hopefully what I was getting at will be revealed to me once again, in the near-ish future.

Until we meet again, have a better than average day.


Zach

Music: 1

23 Aug

Huzzah!

The time has come, my walrus friends, to talk of many things.
Of blues and heavy rocking tracks.
Of savages who sing.
And why the ‘C’ is royally taught.
And whether dead are kings.

Music is an art form whose medium is sound.

The word ‘music’ comes from a greek word, which spelled out in latin letters is mousike, which basically means, “art of the Muses.”

The “Muses” were a collection of greek gods/goddesses (possibly just one goddess—as there isn’t any clear references as to whether it was for sure 1, 3, or 9 beings). With that said, in some of the most clear myths, there were three muses. One of voice, one of practice, and one of memory. This myth said that the three muses together formed the preconditions of their art—a beautiful art which human kind have been trying to imitate ever since (whether that’s since they were born, died, or performed at jazzfest for the first/last time, is unbeknownst to me).

So, that was the ancient Greek’s way of saying that music is seriously awesome.

Just thought you may want to know that little bit of information.

Until we meet again, have a better than average day.


Zach

Favourites

21 May

So… a few days ago I was watching a movie with a friend of mine (actually, two friends of mine and a wife of mine) and a Beatles song came on (or “a The Beatles song”?) and long story short, I ended up making a short list of my three favorite bands (The Beatles being among them). After some thought, though, I realized that that list may not have been as accurate as I had initially meant it to be. So, I thought it suitable to perhaps go through some of my all time favorites and such. I’ve actually been working on a greater list of musical influences and appreciations and such… but for now, these little things will give you a taste of where my head is at when it comes to the world of music.

Favorite Bands:
U2
The Beatles
Radiohead
Muse

Favorite Solo Artists:
Michael Jackson
José González
Bobby McFerrin
Paul Simon

Favorite “Christian” Artists: (theme is only by chance… and upbringing)
Matt Redmon
Delirious
Kevin Prosch
David Ruis
Norm Strauss
Andrew Smith
Malcolm Petch (yes)

Favorite Musicians:
Glenn Gould
The Edge
Jimmy Page
Hmm… there must be more. Just not thinking right now.

Favorite Local Artists (past and present):
Clever
Stutterfly
Ari Neufeld
Secret & Whisper

Honourable Mentions:
Tegan & Sara
The White Stripes
Our Lady Peace
Metric
Leslie Feist
Sara McLachlan
Robert Pattinson (mwahaha – just kidding)

Haha, I just realized that all my “favourites” are men … oh wow, and all the “honourable mentions” are either ladies, have a lady in the group, or have the word lady in the group name (aside from Mr. Pattinson, which was a joke to begin with). Completely unintentional, I assure you.

So, feel free to comment excessively… on which of my favourites you agree with, think are crazy, or think I must have forgotten. And until we meet again…

Have a better than average day.

Musing Music

21 Feb

It is very difficult to tell what a person is really like without actually getting to know them. Even if you had met this person, it would only have been a small fraction of what that person is really like. You would, however, have successfully experienced how that person, when in the presence of the specific group of people you happened to be around, treats someone they have just met. To really tell what a person is like, you must get to know them.

That sort of reasoning is what compels me to experience all sorts of art; even when I have already set in my mind that a certain something is not my cup of tea. That sort of reasoning is what compels me to listen to more than ten seconds of a song before I skip on to the next thing or, worse yet, decide that I don’t like a band or artist without actually having heard/seen/experienced any of their work.

Music is easily the most accessible/available form of art. It has been around for as long as anyone knows. You hear it every day (whether intentionally or not). So, with that said, music is where we will begin.