The Sermon of Music

I went to church this week and received a blessing as the pastor talked about purity. Each week for the past three weeks he’s elaborated on one of the thoughts included in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from the 5th Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.

These sermons are thought provoking and channel my thoughts into areas that refresh the soul as I contemplate the life of Jesus that serves as a perfect model for you and me.

Purity is something we all admire and is also something that causes us to struggle from time to time. Our human weaknesses and hormonal imbalances along with the constant influences from the advertising on TV and magazines bombard us with ideas and concepts directly opposed to a humble Christian life of serving others.

As the sermon ended we were ushered into a song called “Whiter than snow” that focused our attention on the need to be cleansed and on the willingness of God to wash us with His righteousness.

The sermon and the closing hymn were a cleansing experience, and as the closing prayer was spoken by the pastor I realized how vulnerable I am to impure thoughts, and how delicate is my spiritual condition. I felt the need for more prayer to seek the power of God to be drawn higher and to live above this level of temptation that desensitizes the soul.

We then sat down for the postlude.

The music began with sounds appropriate for reflection as the guest organist moved from one set of keys to another creating an interplay of sounds of authority for a few measures followed by sounds of fragility. One moment my mind was directed to the unchangeable, majestic power of God and the next to my weak vacillating character that had just been cleansed. One moment to my clumsy attempts at life followed by the still, small voice of God.

The Music reinforced the sermon on purity as it clarified in my mind the need for God to be included in every dialogue. A need for God to have a say in each phrase of life.

And then began the Toccata and things changed.

The soft and delicate strains from flute, and clarinet pipes was replaced with horns, and 16 and 32 foot pipes as the organist’s hands morphed from elegant devices of peace, depressing the keys with such soft and light movement into monstrous tools of war intended to subdue the instrument of sound that resisted compliance.

The atmosphere changed as heavy fingers became objects of oppression, demanding more and more sound, forcing the organ to respond with note after note of power with increasing decibels. Additional pipes were brought into play as organ stops were opened. Intricate and balanced harmonies were left behind. Interplay between the various organ manuals was replaced by blasts of power as the king of instruments lived up to its reputation by delivering note upon note of authority as if I was standing before the judge of the universe and my sordid record was placed before me.

Understanding Royalty Free Music for Film, Movies and Videos

Royalty free music is music that is created specifically for use in multimedia productions such as videos, presentations, podcasts, films, theatre, advertising and broadcasts. By the music being royalty free it means that once you buy royalty-free production music license, you don’t have to pay any performance royalties when you play the music.

You should note that you won’t be required to pay any additional money as long as you don’t exceed the usage restrictions for the license. You should also note that the license can be revoked if you use the music for other purposes other than the agreed ones.

Advantages Of Royalty Free Music

There are many benefits that come with this type of music. These benefits include:

  • Easily accessible
  • You can use it over and over again without additional fees
  • Comes in all musical styles and genres
  • You have peace of mind as you know that you are using it legally
  • You can easily license it and download. To license the music you only need to contact the music library and enter into an agreement.
  • It’s usually of high quality

Difference Between Libraries

It’s good to note that the terms and conditions of different music libraries vary. One library will allow you to use the royalty free music on all of your projects while another library won’t allow it. For example, one library will allow you to use the music in your presentations; however, it won’t allow you to use the same music for your TV advertisements.

To be on the safe side, you should carefully read through the terms and conditions of the library that you are buying the music from. To save money you should work with a music library that allows you to use the same audio in all of your projects.

Audio File Format

Audio music comes in a variety of formats and all you need to do is to choose the one that is ideal for you. Some of the most popular formats include: physical audio CDs which you can easily convert to 16-bit, 44.1 kHz files when you want to import them digitally.

Since the audio files come in different formats, you need to be cautious when choosing them. To choose the right music you should listen to a number of tracks before you make your decision. When making your choice, you should beware of libraries that provide you with very short music samples or very low quality samples and promise you high quality versions after making the purchase.

Conclusion

This is what you need to know about royalty free music. You can easily get the music from different libraries and all you need to do is to contact the library that you want to work with. As mentioned, always ensure that you first listen to the music before you make the purchase. You should also ensure that the library you are working with is certified and operating legally.

How to Enjoy the Melody of Country Music

Have you ever tried to enjoy listening to Country Music? In fact, in this respect, John Denver stands out to be one of the best singers. To learn why I enjoy his songs till today, read on.

The fact that he could never be happy staying with his wife, yet he sang his songs with his wife in mind in a far away place from his home, struck me a lot. He really had a special calling for singing country songs and yet his tragic death in a plane crash is even more saddening.

My favorite songs of John Denver are “Annie’s Song” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” But there is also a special song he sang, whose repeating lyrics speak a lot to me. I will reveal more about it towards the end of this article.

Playing country music, especially like those of John Denver’s songs, before having an afternoon nap or before going to sleep at night can actually relax your mind to a great extent, letting you have a deep and uninterrupted sleep, about which you will really feel great after waking up and go about the rest of the day with renewed energy and vigor.

Playing his songs when your mood is low and need a kind of boost is just about the perfect solution. Singing the lyrics of the songs, when you are playing them, actually helps you go bouncing to great heights during the day. Even if you don’t have the spirit to play them, just start to sing your favorite lines of his songs and you will feel blessed. If you have never heard of John Denver’s songs, I would recommend you to buy his CD of songs and start listening right away.

It is actually the melody of his songs that touches your heart and soothes your mind and above all, the lyrics are lovely too. Start tapping the palm of your hand or better still with your foot along with the beats of the songs, and you will definitely and remarkably start feeling the mojo of your life. A little movement of your body goes a long way for your good only.

You can also play these songs while you are driving alone or with your family. Everybody will tune into the melody of these songs and start enjoying the ride even more and above all, feel good and spirited. If you are playing them while you are returning home from a night’s out get-together or elsewhere with your children, I bet your children will fall into good and heavy sleep, and you don’t have to bother about putting them to sleep when you reach home by telling them bedtime stories. Yes, country music deserves that many credits.

Singer Songwriters

There have been many singers who did not write their own songs, over the last few decades. Some would be considered superstars or famous. There also have been songwriters who were not good singers. Some sang their own music they had written but they never became known as great singers.

Then there are singer/songwriters. They are not necessarily better or worse than “mere” singers or “mere” songwriters. They are, however, throwbacks to yesteryear, decades or centuries ago. Way back when, folk-ish singers had to write their own music and there were no computers, radios, or concerts within their reach from which they could learn or copy another’s music. They had an instrument, such as a guitar, lute, or other portable chord making thing and they played it as they sang.

To be clear, even though singing and songwriting are related, they are multiple skill sets. Most songwriters play keyboard and/or guitar well. They play well enough so as to be able to write chords and rhythm patterns which make stylistic sense. There are patterns on piano and there are strum or pick patterns on guitar. In addition, there may be fills and embellishments used by songwriters to enhance a song. Further steps would be orchestration and/or arranging which are still other skill sets.

The melody of the song and melody writing is another separate skill set. Writing melody and chords are sometimes learned or enhanced by having the knowledge of music theory. There have been many good or great songs written by people who only play by ear, know what they hear, know what they like and it doesn’t make the song suffer at all. What if… what if a person gets stuck in the process? A lack of knowledge can cause a person to get stuck because melody writing and harmonic technique will only be as good as experience plus knowledge in those areas.

Some songs have one chord or two and most have more, but there are tendencies of many progressions. A I-IV-V progression is found in thousands of songs but the interesting thing is none of the songs have the same melody lines at all. II-V7-I progressions are interesting and can completely change a song. So can II-V7-III-Vi. Then there are chords way beyond major and minor and these all can open up what feels like an entire universe of sound.

The more you know, the more you can do. How long does it take to learn chord formation? That would be a great first step. I once taught a non-musician all chords in every key in 3 hours. I could call out a chord and she would play it with little hesitation. Is it worth the time spent to be able to do this? What if it took 8 hours or a week? Is it worth spending the time to improve?