Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us."

- martin luther -

thank you dan hames, my favorite englishman, for this one.


Robert said...

Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.

...speaking strictly metaphorically, right?

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Benj said...

Great quote. Music is a pretty mysterious thing.

Liz said...

blog = re-ignited.

Brian T. Murphy said...

robert - yeah it is often hard to out-say luther.

benj - yeah I really liked that one. and music really is mysterious. that's true. also - enjoyed our sporadic internet conversation last night, complete with photographic images of us making smash recording hits.

liz - so, what, in your mind, has been the catalyst for the re-ignition?

Aaron said...

great quote.
I have to talk a bit on friday about why we sing at church, i think i might use this quote.

bruce said...

"First, their (the jews) synagogues or churches (sic) should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it.

"Secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed.

"Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer books and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught.

"Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under the threat of death to teach any more...

"Fifthly, passports and travelling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to Jews.

"Sixthly, they ought to be stopped from usury. All their cash and valuables of silver and gold ought to be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping.

"Seventhly, let the young Jews and Jewesses be given the flail, the ax, the hoe, the spade, the distaff and spindle, and let them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses..."

Luther - The Jews and Their Lies

Just stirring the pot a little

Daniel said...

Brian, you are so kind to me!

Thanks, Bruce, for reminding us that none of us are perfect. Not even Martin Luther. Surprise!

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Benj said...

One of my favorite "scripture verses" right now is from Psalm 49 talking about solving our riddles with music. I think that is pretty much what we do with this hymn renovation stuff, as nerdy as it is. Or maybe I should just speak for myself.

Yes, the technology that allows you to send pictures to me documenting the unadulterated rock that is going down just a fews states away from my great state is a good technology.

leslie said...

Started working on the pictures last night, but I had just taken an ambien, so I might have to redo them today. Who knows. I'm sleepy.

Brian T. Murphy said...

aaron - good luck with the talk. you should tell people that sometimes the best way to participate in a corporate song, is to feel free enough to just sit and be still and not sing. then people can be free to really sing. that's what I would say. and cuss. I'd probably do that too.

bruce - thanks for that. but in the future, let's leave the pot-stirring to ME.

daniel - well, I just liked the quote.

benj - no, I totally get that. and it is good technology. the best of all the technologies in all the worlds, I'd say. you were with us in spirit.

leslie - cool. can't wait to see them!

shawn avery said...

incredible. mlk jr. still guides us.

The Mac said...


mike said...

yeah, but do you actually know anyone who hates music? of course there are people who hate certain styles of music, but i can't think of anyone i know who doesn't enjoy some music