Whatever Happened to Beauty?

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?

Music and Emotion

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

Does One Art Form Bring More Glory to God than Another?

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?

Fatherhood and Ballet

Last week I was at a ballet studio watching my daughter dance. It was a fun show, similar to ones that I have seen countless times before. Since my oldest daughter was three, I have attended ballet recitals, shows, and the annual Nutcracker. Over the years, ballet has become an important part of our lives.… Read More Fatherhood and Ballet

Music, Lyrics and Chords

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

The Year in Music, Art, Literature and Drama History

16 Jan – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain (1605). 17 Jan – Popeye the Sailor, a comic character created by Elzie Segar, first appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip (1929). 12 Feb –… Read More The Year in Music, Art, Literature and Drama History