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Matter, Sound and Vibration

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Matter, Sound and Vibration

 

 

All matter and sound have vibration. A desk, a living plant and a word have

vibrations. When we speak, the spoken word can have a tremendous effect. The power

of a word is positive or negative. It is one thing for a word to be in the mind as a thought,

but once it is released, it has power. For example it can be a blessing or a curse. Words

of blessings build someone up. Words of curses can ultimately destroy a human being

without ever laying a hand on him or her.


 

“In the beginning was the word …” John 1:1. Ultimately, the lyrics in music

originate with words which become verses. Writing the lyrics of songs involves being

somewhat of a poet expressing thoughts and ideas, painting a picture with words, using

words to express emotions and to emit emotions or thoughts from listeners.

 

Sometimes we listen to music with the intention to resonate with how we are

presently feeling, to change our mood, to uplift our spirits, or to take us away into a

different realm.


 

Lyrics that express negative feelings can attract the listener who is resonating with

a similar negative vibration due to life’s hurts, anger, frustrations, struggles or

disappointments. Because the listener is resonating with the negative vibration of the

song, he or she can “groove” with the music. A person who is not resonating with any of

the above emotions may turn the music off and look for a song which resonates with his

or her interests or feelings.

 

The question arises; why do people like certain types of music? There are many

genres: Jazz, Country, Rock, Reggae, Pop, R&B, Inspirational etc. Music is

vibration. Each genre has a distinctive vibration which sets it apart from other genres and

makes it identifiable. Some people do not like listening to country; others love country;

others love listening to music that is “busy”, and others only listen to easy listening

music. It is a matter of preference. Listeners identify with a certain vibration that a song

emits. Words can be positive or negative. Once words are released from thought to

being expressed, they have power. The choice of words is important in song writing.

Words are an important contribution to the vibration of a song; a vibration in which

listeners either resonate with or have a desire to resonate with.


 

 

 

 

Listening for "Hooks" in the Grocery Store

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Listening for “Hooks” in the Grocery Store

 

 

Creativity is a force of life which drives new understandings and new expressions. The understandings can be scientific, philosophical, academic, mechanical and applied. The expressions can be artistic, written or musical.

 

 

The musical indie artist needs to have creative abilities in several areas that would parallel the departments that record companies have. They need to have expertise or access to people who have expertise in music, logistics and promotion. This includes: photography for cover arts for singles or albums, computer skills for powerpoint or action videos, access to a good videographer, social networking skills, marketing and promotional skills, access to good musicians, recording studios and digital music distribution companies. The list goes on. Independent is what the musical indie artist is.

 

 

When wearing all of these hats, the indie artist can not lose site of one important ingredient of a song. That is the “hook”; the catchy, memorable, lyric line or lines, melody or rhythm that stays in people’s minds and is often the key ingredient to a hit song. The hook is often repeated in the song and so the repetition also helps listeners to remember it.

 

 

A great exercise for developing hooks for songs is to listen for them in other songs and to watch how they impact people. The following is a suggestion. When you go grocery shopping or frequent a store which is playing streamed music or music from a radio station, listen for hooks. When I go grocery shopping I often hear “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s. “Oh what you do to me” stands out. It can stop me in my tracks as I reach for a product on a shelf and fill me with an emotion. That’s what successful hooks do.

 

 

I recently walked into Dollarama and I heard a woman in the next aisle singing along with “I’m without your kisses. I’ll be needing stitches” from Shawn Mendes “Stitches” song. You know a hook is a successful hook when people not only sing the line but dance to it as well especially in a store. The lyrics, the melody and the rhythm motivate people to express the hook for themselves.

 

 

“Born in the U.S.A. I was born in the U.S.A. I was born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A. now.” Bruce Springstein’s lyrics are repeated in his song and then he leaves the lyrics out near the end of the song where the melody and rhythm stand alone. And yes, listeners fill the lines in themselves by singing the hook. I would consider Bruce’s hook to be an anthem hook—a hook which is rousing and uplifting and identifies with a particular group.

 

There have been so many powerful hooks throughout the years which have propelled the songs to become hit songs. Here are some examples:

 

Beatles: “Here comes the sun Here comes the sun and I say, It’s all right” in “Here Comes the Sun” “

 

Simon and Garfunkel “I am a rock. I am an island” from “I Am A Rock”

 

Bee Gees “And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive ah, ha, ha ha stayin’ alive….”from “Stayin Alive”

 

David Bowie and Queen “Under pressure” from “Under Pressure.”

 

Tina Turner “What’s love got to do with it” from “What’s Love Got To Do With It”

 

Micheal Jackson “ Beat it, Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it” from “Beat It”

 

U2 “But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” from “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

 

 

In conclusion, creativity is the means which drives musicians. If music is one of your passions, then you will not be able to put it down. It is part of you; it runs through your blood and needs to be expressed. Undoubtedly, hooks are an important ingredient of songs. Since grocery stores, automotive stores, department stores and the like have streamed music or music from radio stations playing, we can listen to this music while we are out doing chores. We can watch and listen for our own reactions to hooks and watch and listen to the reactions of others in the store. This also keeps us focussed on an important part of our role as a musical indie artist and that is to create songs which are expressions of our own thoughts and emotions and which can resonate with and elicit emotions from our listeners.

 

 

 

Christian Raps -- Life Stories from the Heart

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Many of the Christian rappers have a life story to tell. Some have come from very supportive families and healthy lifestyles while others have experienced trials which have been harsh and painful. The rappers who have gone through difficult trials, eventually bottom out and only when they bottom out are they able to rise again to tell their stories but this time with love in their hearts for Jesus our Saviour.

 

Lifestyles

 

My research indicates that those who have gone through difficult times have experienced some or many of the following life trials. (However, not all Christian rappers have experienced the harsh lifestyles.) Some speak of growing up in poverty, of moving from house to house, and being surrounded by a lot of turmoil, neglect, and fighting in the family and not fitting in at school. Some feel messed up and admit that the pain leads to chips on their shoulders, arrogance or depression. They admit to making a lot of bad decisions, getting into drugs, alcohol, thrill seeking, gangs, trouble with the law, and being thrown out of the house. They start living their lives any way they want without any structure in a state of pure rebellion. Relatives and friends reach out to them but they do not want to change. They do not want to hear what they have to say. They may recognize their stubbornness but decide to ignore the stretched out hands.

 

The Healing Begins

 

Some rappers eventually bottom out and the shock to their systems manifests as a strong wake up call for change. Several Christian rappers experienced car accidents, deaths in the family and severe depression. The Christian rappers who have gone through a wake up call, speak of being open to changing their lives for the better. Our Lord, through the Holy Spirit, reaches out to them through different people and when they finally let him in, they recognize that he has always been there for them and that the love he has for them is overwhelming. The healing then begins to take place.

 

The Holy Spirit is so motivating within them that they want to tell the world their stories so that others can be helped especially those who are taking the same destructive path. Their attitudes and personalities change. They seek our Lord’s Peace - something they recognize that does not exist in the worldly things or pleasures they once sought.

 

The lyrics of their raps pour out of raw and opened wounds and express pain, sorrow, regrets, the seeking of forgiveness, love and Peace of our Lord and encouragement for others.

 

 

Examples of Lyrics of Christian Rappers

 

 

I Want to Tell Ya by Errol Lee, 2001

 

 

“I was so confused, I fell a long way down, I hit rock bottom, And no one was around, So alone what could I do, I prayed to God you know He pulled me through…..”

 

Lord Have Mercy, Gravity by Lecrae, 2012

 

 

“Lord have mercy and pity on your son, From what I once was to what I have become, Lord have mercy , Lord have mercy and pity on your son….”

 

 

No Worries , Between Two Worlds by Trip Lee, 2010

 

 

“….. Can’t lie, that I’m a still be sinning ‘til the day I die, But I’m also fighting like a titan tryna stay alive, Sin brings death to me, Jesus is my way to God, I’m going down if He ain’t around, like Mary J. describes (yes Sir), I feel peace cause Jesus, He intercedes, Earned death from my Daddy, my sin is in His decease, Cast away, it was placed on the sinless, He intervened, Got no worries on my brain, I’m singing it in the streets.”

 

 

Anomaly, Weight and Glory by KB, 2012

 

 

“God is still there regardless if you think he isn’t, Like jail doesn’t disappear ‘cause you stop believin’ in prison….. They ain’t hearing me, they don’t sense this urgency, Think you got time, you’s a flat tire from eternity…..”

 

 

War of the Minds, Rewind by Flame, 2005

 

 

“…For every tear that you cry for all of the wars in your mind and the fears that you hide know that He’s there know that He’s walking with you, I know that it’s hard to press on when the nights seem so long remember his word is your hope so know that He cares know that He’s walking with you….”

 

 

In the Christian rap songs, the rappers come to a realization. Through their trials and suffering, they recognize that the suffering they personally went through was minimal compared to what Jesus suffered for their and everyone’s behalf. They reach out to others through their lyrics. The Christian rappers want others to see the urgency of turning their lives around and changing them for the better. In essence, they help our Lord gather his lost sheep.

 

 

 

 

When You Change Your Heart

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Lord Lives in Our Heart

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Faith, Love and Charity

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Under the Same Stars

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Music Can Be Healing

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Music can be healing.  Praising our Lord through song and music invokes the Holy Spirit to move within us.

"Let the Word of Christ in all its richness, find a home with you.  Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom.  WIth gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and whatever you say or do, let it be in the name of the Lord Jesus, in thanksgiving to God the Father through him." Col. 3:16-17. 

Be Still in the Lord

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

If we make a request to our Lord, then we need to wait for his direction or wait for Him to act.  If we take the request back and act on our own without asking for His direction, what good will that be?   This is one of the meanings of:  "I Trust in Jesus."


Euthanasia

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We need to stand up against the dark winds of Euthanasia.  The institutionalization of Euthanasia is the result of a society which values quality of life over that of sanctity of life.  During the end of our lives, we approach a time when our spirit gets stronger than our physical bodies and Jesus gets us ready to go home.  Suffering is salvific and in suffering there is purification for the soul.  Euthanasia places man's decision for death above that of our Lord's timing to bring us home.  It is part of the false prophecy that we are seeing which can trick us into thinking that we are being compassionate by instituting Euthanasia.


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