We all want to turn away from anything that reveals the failure, pain, sickness and death beneath the brightly painted surface of our ordered lives. Civilization is, at least in part, about pretending that things are better than they are. We all want to be in a happy place, where everyone is nice and good and can fend for themselves. We shun our own weakness and the weakness of others. We refuse to listen to the cry of the needy. How easy it is to fall into the illusion of a beautiful world when we have lost trust in our capacity to make of our broken world a place that can become more beautiful.
Giant or grasshopper? Hero or silent in the background? Step up or back? Confident or passive?
These are the beginning questions as of late last night and this morning.
A new day has begun, and the Lord has me in the bootcamp of the physically wounded, the psychologically and emotionally worn, and the spiritually challenged. Now is the time to slowly and effectively re-train. Do you sometimes find yourself in the Lord's bootcamp? It's a good place for now.
A therapy of the body, mind and soul. If you have ever gone through physical therapy, you know that it is hard work, and painful, with fits of progress and then none. These others therapies are also like this.
So if you are in this bootcamp, let me know. Maybe we can help each other's training come along a bit.
Ok, well many of my friends have been after me for awhile now to release the next collection of songs. Lately there have been more asking for a Christmas album than anything else, so here goes! I will walk the tightrope and work dilgently to bring you a Christmas collection! And if you join my support wall, you will be the first ones to get the links to download the songs! You will also receive the first notice when a physical CD is released, along with a discount for it.
Do I walk the tightrope, or do I not? You decide :-) click below to donate:
Many of you have seen the movie about this Joulliard trained musician who then suffered from schizophrenia and became a homeless person. In 2009 he played for the American Music Therapy Association Convention last year (2009) in San Diego, California. I found this video on Youtube that I thought was fascinating. You can see someone who comes alive through the power or music. It presents such a strong connection to the world of reality.
Now the question is then, "How does the emotional content within Catholic Music or Contemporary Christian music really communicate with the power of music?" " Is it as effective as it an be or once was?" Why or why not?