Articles for August 2018

Why would you name a town WHY?

WHY?   Why would you name a town WHY?  If I lived in WHY, AZ, I would have great fun with the idea of “why”.

WHY is the sky blue? Why are the mountains where they are? Is there any reason for why the valley is so dry and sandy? Why doesn’t the rain fall in the valley like it does on the mountain tops? And, why does the road seem to disappear as it goes farther and farther into the mountainous background? Why did someone call this town by its odd name, WHY?

That simple three letter word is one of the most powerful words in our English language. It spawned the discovery of electricity. It preceded the creation of the steam engine and the airplane. And, that word has succeeded in driving parents to nervous distraction like it did my daddy when I asked the question for the thousandth time. Consider music. Consider creation.  Is there any connection between the evidence of music in almost every possible domain and the idea that creation might have been a musical event? I believe that there is a very definite connection.  It just takes a little imagination to open worlds of possibility.

Do Trees Sing And If They Do, WHY?

Bernard “Bernie” Krause was born December 8, 1938. He is an American musician and soundscape ecologist and bio-acoustician of wide renown. His early experience with music was with The Weavers and Pete Seeger. It is easy to see why he became so entwined in the study of music and nature. His work branched out and he became interested in musical landscaping. He pioneered using nature’s myriad voices in musical recordings.

In 2009, he was recording bat sonar signatures when he and his team made an astounding discovery.Trees sing. And there is an ecologically sound (no pun intended) reason for their singing. It is part of a carefully engineered process that helps to create a necessary micro-habitat supporting bees and birds.  Sound is “the cohesion”. One could say “music is the cohesion.”  Click Here to learn more.

Incredible! Over forty years ago I began pursuing an idea. My idea was that Creation was actually a musical event, and I set out to prove it. Of course, that is an almost impossibly tall order. One cannot prove anything about Creation because it includes dealing with theological and eternal frames of reference. That, in and of itself, is virtually impossible. However, in the process, many astounding truths, like singing trees, have surfaced. It is slowly becoming a thesis to be proven in the future.

Does Outer Space Sing And If So, WHY?

One night in 1945 or 1946, I was walking to my church to attend choir practice. I was suddenly aware of a huge dome of scarlet light over my head.  I was only about 13 or 14 years old, and I was “scared to death”, as we used to say. That weird, brilliant light was pulsating, undulating from dark red to a pinkish green and back to red again. I took off at a dead run to get to the church before something awful happened. By the time I reached the parsonage and got the preacher’s  attention, the red dome and its pink-green curtains had vanished. He told me I just seen the aurora borealis!

Later, I learned that the aurora could sing. Why? My science teacher said it was because of the electro-magnetic field. That made no sense to a teen-aged skeptic. But when I was much older, I discovered that the whole earth is surrounded by  waves of electric energy that also make a singing sound. And even later on, I learned that it is this “sound energy” that holds the entire universe together.  In fact, there is a newly emerging science called cymatics that is now able to send this kind of energy into water or sand and photograph the shapes generated by the vibrating energy itself.Sound is what holds the universe together. That is why the aurora sings! Click Here to listen.

Think about this: WHY do such magnificent phenomena happen?  WHY are they all, in some way or other, musically expressed?   WHY must we continue the quest for truth in music in deeper and deeper ways? Do you have any ideas you would like to share?

#moonsings    #God’ssong  #birdssing   #treessing





Who Taught the Moon How To Sing?

The Moon Sing? Sounds ridiculous! Imagine being hundreds of thousand miles away. You are looking up at the earth. The moon is silhouetted like a huge balloon against the southern-most oceans of our planet. You are on the dark side of the moon. Imagine being in a space ship equipped with the latest technology in plasma wave antennae and high-definition speakers. Suddenly you hear a hauntingly weird sound, as of some angelic beings humming, accompanied only by a rustling wind. Then the wafting sound of some ethereal flute playing in the most soprano of soprano registers. Never have you heard music like this, but it is, without a doubt —– beautiful music. Anyone who has heard, or thought they heard, space music says, it is peaceful and it is beautiful. Click Here to hear it yourself.

The Moon Sing? Just Ask the Astronauts?

The first time the astronauts orbited the moon, they were seriously unprepared for what happened. As they soared around the orbit into the starkness of the dark side, all radio contact was lost. They were prepared for that. What they were not prepared for was what happened next. See the following link to hear what they heard. Click hear to hear it yourself.

When they returned to earth, their first reaction was to keep silence about what they had heard. They certainly couldn’t afford to be grounded because they were thought to be victims of hallucinations of some sort. It was not until several decades later that their recorded conversations were unveiled. The world for the first time heard the moon sing. It was the beautiful sound that the astronauts heard on the dark side of the moon. Click here to view a different video.

We now know that what they heard was the sound of the electromagnetic activities, which are proliferated in space. The fascinating thing about electromagnetic frequencies is they are directly related to sound waves, pitch and production of energy. Click here to view even another video.

Imagine! Had you been one of the first astronauts, what would your conclusions have been? Through the years more has been uncovered about the nature of vibration, frequency and sound (music). It has become clear that the most viable cohesive force in our universe IS sound.

The Moon Sing? What does it mean?

Imagination is more valuable than education or intelligence, according to Albert Einstein. Let’s travel to the dark side of the moon in your imagination. You will be exposed to a beauty and a rarity that can not be equaled here on earth. Even if Einstein’s equations could be proven, they could not rival hearing the planets and stars singing. Each one sings its own unique song. Earth does not sound like Neptune; Saturn does not sing the same song that Jupiter sings. As I ponder in my imagination, the song of Neptune actually does capture the echoes of the sea. Earth actually has a vibrato in her song. Earth is only one planet that houses human kind. They both share vibrato in their singing. Interesting! Click here to check out another video.

All of this is being said for one reason. I believe that Creation was sung into being by God Almighty, the Singing Musician-Lord of the Universe. Many, ancient and pagan cultures have similar legends about singing creator gods—-with one vast difference. Our Jehovah God is the only Living God Who was not made by any other hands. Therefore His Song is, by imperative, the First and Eternal Song, and out of it comes ALL other song. Music is inherent in and intrinsic to all creation.

Logically this Eternal God, Singing Musician-Lord of the Universe, is the ultimate Creator of all things. His raw material was Song. He taught the planets to sing. He taught the moon to sing as well. The sounds of the universe need our creatively diverse human imagination. Which helps us to understand this truth in music—-it may not be music as we choose to think of it. But it is music nonetheless—-the music of the spheres—and Almighty God, the Singing God—-is the Source.

#moonsings  #treessing   #godssong   #godsopera