A look at beauty denied, misunderstood, reviled, and ignored, in the modern world. The other day I was driving to the Mine Academy in Beckley for a strategic planning session. Nancy called and bade me to look to the southeast, where I beheld a particularly stunning sunrise. On arriving a few minutes early at the… Read More Whatever Happened to Beauty?
A list to match the right song with the right type of ballroom dance. My daughter Anna is getting married, and I have been taking dance lessons. The following list is an attempt to match the right dance with the right song, knowing that many dance styles can be used for many different songs. It… Read More Ballroom Dancing
We use music to influence ourselves, and ourselves, and create the emotions that we need to do what we want to do. Our father could never understand our taste in music. It was the 1980s, and my younger brother and I were teens. Dad was a singer and loved music, but preferred the Bobby Vinton… Read More Music and Emotion
Contrary to what much of the modern world will claim, character is the fundamental requirement for excellence in every field. In the late 1990s, President William Jefferson Clinton had an affair with one of his interns. He then lied to a grand jury about the case. During the controversy leading up to his impeachment for… Read More Does Character Matter in an Artist, or any Profession?
A discussion of professions, the arts, art media, and the glory of God It is Christmastime, and Christians around the world are singing “Glory to God in the highest.” We rarely consider what they mean. In church, we may parrot the Westminster Shorter Confession, which states that the purpose of man is to glorify God… Read More Does One Art Form Bring More Glory to God than Another?
A Christian Perspective on Taylor Swift’s song. I rarely comment on trends and events in the entertainment world, mostly because I don’t follow it. I do follow my daughter’s life, however, and she asked me to comment on Taylor Swift’s latest music video, Look What You Made Me Do. So here I write, as a… Read More Look What You Made Me Do
For Bluegrass and Americana, you can’t do better than the Misty Mountain String Band (MMSB). I saw them for the first time on 12 May 2017 at an open-air concert in Louisville KY. Formed in Louisville in August of 2012, the MMSB has toured throughout the southcentral United States and released three CDs – Red… Read More The Misty Mountain String Band
We will enjoy and appreciate art more if we know more about art. Here are some tips. My family lived in Stuttgart, Germany in the early 1990s and during one “in-law” visit, my father in law asked to go to an art museum. I was skeptical; I wasn’t raised to be a fan of art,… Read More Experiencing Art
How and why Christians should engage in the arts at church, at home, and in all areas of life. **Source Images for the The Church, the Arts, and Shaping the World for Christ.** Return of the Prodigal Son – Rembrant Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) Susanna and the Elders Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari (1654-1727) Utrecht School The… Read More Christianity and the Arts
Many people love to sing. Though individual and group singing seem to have declined in Western culture since professionally produced music is constantly available, making music, not just listening to it, is one of the healthiest and most fun things that people can do. Singing improves breath control and respiratory health, it improves our mental… Read More Music, Lyrics and Chords