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Music matters

Music origins- the history, the why, the how…


http://www.paulsonmusic.com/MusicsermonNEWpage.html This link will connect you with a wealth (and I mean a big  wealth) of music  history and know how that you will learn from.   I haven’t found anything like it on the web; it is so complete and thorough.

One time at Walmart a few years ago I was looking at some classical CD’s.   Which one should I get? Bach or Beethoven?  Which one was better?  I found out after hearing  these downloads from Mike Paulson’s  music page.

music sheet

The power point presentations were good too.  It’s so in depth that going over all the material is like taking a class on it.   Do you know what Jepeth’s music is?  How does it compare to Shem and Ham’s?

How about verses in the Bible- do you know the ones that explain the music we should be having in church?   When did style and personality come into music?  Lots of interesting  things to learn.


Now Let Every Tongue Adore Thee

bach-02.jpg painting  of Bach done when he was 30 yrs old by– I don’t know who.

About Johann S. Bach’s  hymn “Now Let every tongue Adore Thee”:

In 1731 at 46 yrs old Bach wrote the music to what was  written by a Phillipp Nicolai almost 200 years before his time (1599) in which the words were in German (according to  Cyber Hymnal).  Phillipp Nicolai was Lutheran and saw a lot of death and dying  of his parishioners caused by plague.  Maybe that is why he penned this song  with all the dying going on.  He was in a Catholic area, Unna Westphalia which is the reason he and his parishioners had to meet privately.   He wrote a book the same year he wrote this hymn, the year 1599.  The title of the book is  “Joyous Mirror of Eternal Life”

Couldn’t find much else about this hymn but I sure do love singing it around the house.


Here are the words:

Now let every tongue adore thee!

Let men with angels sing before thee!

Let harps and cymbals now unite!

All the gates with pearls are glorious,

Where we partake with faith victorious,

With angles round Thy throne with light,

No mortal eye hath seen, no mortal ear hath heard,

Such wondrous things;

Therefore with joy our song shall soar

In praise to God forevermore.

My favorite hymnal

My all time  favorite hymnal is  Great Hymns of the Faith  edited by John W Peterson from 1968.   It’s a good one.   There could be even better ones that I don’t know of.  I have to find a copy of this one for my kids to play out of.  

When I go out shopping I hear such gross music over the speakers in the stores.  The 90’s up till now is the worse for moaning and depressing sounds that pass for “music”.  It is a type of rock/grundge  rock and roll that has a terrible effect on young minds.  If it depresses me for the time I hear it in the store shopping, what does it do to young people who hear it over and over, the ones who buy the CD’s?

Thankful for the ones that are special to me.        I have some old hymnals with songs and hymns  that  I’ve never heard before!   All hymnals are not the same.  Some of these songs I’ve found in them are very special to me, such deep meaning they have compared to some of the shallow ones.    The man is with the Lord now that edited my favorite hymnal and I’m thankful for him for producing such a good one.



Be Thou my Vision

I love this old Irish hymn  from the 8th century set to Irish folk music yet, it doesn’t sound like folk music, sounds more like a hymn.   This Irish person who wrote it must have been in Christ back in the 8th century from what the words of the hymn say although there is nothing about Jesus in there but there is the Heavenly Father he’s talking about.   “O bright heaven’s Sun!” in the 4th verse, not sure what he’s talking about in that phrase.

Thinking of the Irish people, I’m reminded  of what I heard of the Irish slaves bringing the gospel to Black slaves a long time ago when they started bringing slaves over here to America.   David L. Cummins was who I heard that theory from and he’s the man who co-authored the book “This Day in Baptist History”.

It is a beautiful song that two ladies translated in 1912.  Here’s the verses:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art:  Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son, Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always; Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heave’n’s Sun!  Heart of my own heart, whatever be-fall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Away with Patch the Pirate

I hope I never have to sit through a Patch the Pirate sing time again. It could be replaced with selections form Isaac Watts singing book for children “Divine and Moral Songs for children”. One of the songs in it is: “I sing the Almighty Power of God”. I heard this sung by a beautiful Choir years ago and I’ll never forget it because it was a little bit of heaven on earth. Once you hear good sacred music, you can’t go back to singing to a holy God with the world’s music. 

Isaac Watts, Handel and other great hymn writers are set aside for the choice of contemporary music that is so shallow. Shallow music and shallow preaching make shallow Christians. Let’s sing more of the good hymns.

Are we making fun of our 11 and 12 year old children as they sing  little kid songs in front of  a church service for special singing time  ? I think putting a patch the pirate hat on an 11 year old girl or boy is making fun of them. Girls heading for puberty shouldn’t look like 5 year olds with a patch the pirate hat on standing in front of a row of 4 year old kids . I’ve seen this in church and it is awful. Patch the Pirate should be for kids up to about 9 years old–no older. So you want your 10, 11 year old boy to be on his way to manhood? Having him wear a silly hat with 4 year olds isn’t the way to go.

What does “converging” mean?

diverging rays skyTending to one point, approaching each other, as lines extended.  Converging rays, in optics, those rays of light, which proceeding from different points of an object, approach, meet and cross, and become diverging rays.

That’s what we’re doing here…

Handel’s Messiah

I ordered a used Handel’s Messiah double CD set on Amazon.com and it finally came, just the thing to brighten up the dead of winter. It’s been 20 years since I have owned a cassette tape of it and now with high school age children in the home; the time is right to hear it again. It’s good music from the baroque period and has all 4 stages of Jesus’ life—the birth, death, resurrection and his return that is yet to come.

It’s an oratorio. That is a large musical composition consisting of the chorus, solos and orchestra. It is not an opera but similar to one. An opera has costumes, scenery and acting and the oratorio does not.

george handel

George Handel

While reading online all about Handel, even yet more interesting was  reading about his Father who was a physician.  The Messiah was intended to be played at Easter time because the theaters were closed then, which made it easy for people to attend a benefit performance since they would not have tickets to the theater.


the man who wrote the words to the Messiah- Mr. jennens

Handel wrote the music to it after another man (Jennens) wrote the words or otherwise called: the libretto . Those are just a few circumstances surrounding the origins of his great concert “The Messiah”. At Christmas time our family got to see it preformed live at the local tech/community college .

Pastor Paulson: I have Pastor Paulsen from Touchet Baptist church to thank for having me think about purchasing “The Messiah”. He mentioned it in his Absolute Music Series that I downloaded and listened too off his website.

What Blue Grass Music is lacking

Blue Grass Christian music is lacking the majesty of God that hymns have and it is all in the timing. I surely don’t understand it all but I do know this: even the mildest BCC song is folksy and omits the majesty of who you are singing about–a wonderful Saviour who redeemed us. Some BC songs give the feeling of being on a roller coaster and you can’t get off it and yet, other songs are milder, kind of story-telling singing which can have a sweetness to them but the rhythm still goes in the melody to make it distinctly blue grass which makes it different from Godly music.


The more you listen to BGCM the more you can like it because one can get used to whatever is heard repeatedly so, people get used to a type of music that is not pleasing to God even though it is to God they are singing.

In the Sound of music Maria (Julie Andrews) sings beautifully and just as she says to the children “One word for every note” in the Do Re Me song has to do with the timing. It’s all in her timing. I love hearing her sing in that movie because she sings well, no off beats, slides or scoops to make it sensual sounding and there is no folksy sound with off beats in her singing or music ( and she isn’t praising God but just singing like you should as far as the timing goes).

I’m excited to be getting the Handel’s Messiah real soon. Years ago I had a tape of it but now I’ll be purchasing a double CD set of it.

Pastor Paulson from Touchet WA has a church  website  with a good section on music that is all ready to download, sermon by sermon.   He explains the history and language of music  as it pertains to the Christian in a way that you can grasp it all.  Pastor Paulson’s music link is on the right side of the page.