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´Music is God´s Voice´
American Thinker, by Susan D. Harris

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Posted By:magnante, 4/7/2014 8:55:01 AM

“Don´t forget: music is God´s voice,” Brian Wilson reminded us at the induction ceremony of The Beach Boys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (snip) As Sister Cristina Scuccia took to the stage last month on Italy’s “The Voice,” the contrast between her and the judges was astonishing. Indeed, comments under various videos of the event revealed many Americans were shocked by the dress and appearance of the shows judges. In short, none of them looked like someone you’d trust to watch your dog, let alone your child. It was, therefore, even more dramatic when each judge took a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: texascunning, 4/7/2014 9:07:55 AM     (No. 9800799)

Music is certainly a gift from God, but I still can´t explain heavy metal and rap.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rama41, 4/7/2014 9:11:19 AM     (No. 9800801)

If you´re not familiar with this, check out the YouTube link in the article. Click ´cc´ for English captions.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: WAN2, 4/7/2014 9:19:05 AM     (No. 9800813)

After God gave us the great composers (AND, at the same time, our Founders!), it would seem He has given up on bettering (or matching...) them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 4/7/2014 9:39:57 AM     (No. 9800856)

She doesn´t look like any nun I´ve ever met. Sister Mary Herbert woulda cracked her with a ruler.

Those ´judges´ look like the scum of the earth. What a contrast.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fitzroy, 4/7/2014 9:57:50 AM     (No. 9800882)

This is really sad. I agree that music is the voice of God, and I hear it in many musical styles. But that voice is having to struggle very hard to be heard over the pap and silliness that permeates this mindless ditty. The loss of beauty is one of the greatest ills of our age, and a nun should have a keen sense of that.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 4/7/2014 10:12:13 AM     (No. 9800910)

I have to counter that sentiment, #4 - she reminds me of Sr. Dominique, my 5th grade teacher. "Sr. Dom" wasn´t much for singing, but she could throw a football a very, very long way, much to the delight to we guys who would spend an entire recess period ´going out for a bomb´ over toward the grotto in our schoolyard.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/7/2014 10:38:28 AM     (No. 9800963)

Music at its best can be sacred or at its worst profane, although I wouldn´t dignify it by calling it music in the latter case. Does it soothe oe enflame the savage beast? Same as humanity, music can be a light or a dark force. Heaven, we are told, will be a place of music. I find that easy to believe.

I never knew about the sad end of Sister Smile, but certainly remember "Dominique" back in about 1963 before the world lost its last vestiges of innocence.

It´s fitting that Brian Wilson´s name is at the beginning of this essay. The sad Beach Boy (as I always called him), Brian had the most advanced melodic sense of any pop musician of his time. After he had moved past the subjects of surfing and cars--the Beach Boys´ specialities between 1961 and 1965--and challenged by the Beatles´ middle period magnificence, he produced the astonishing Pet Sounds (1966), which is at or near the top of every critic´s list of the greatest records of the rock and roll era, even though the record had nothing to do with rock and roll. It was a pop symphony, the purest expression of its sort ever heard.

The youtube link below is to the entire album. If you´ve got about 35 minutes to spare, just listen. You´ll be amazed. After my over one thousand listens, this album hasn´t dimmed one iota. It´s a slice of heaven. Ah, Brian!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOZ2pziuLjo

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 4/7/2014 10:54:33 AM     (No. 9800989)

While I am the first to complain about today´s trends of excessive tattoos and stupid facial hair, I learned a long time ago not to judge a book by its cover. Just because someone adopts a certain look I may think is dumb or makes lifestyle choices that I would never choose doesn´t mean they are "scum of the earth." As a friend of mine once told me when I was at my most cynical and jaded, most pople are nice. God is a part of all of us, there is good in all of us, we all have our spiritual gifts. It´s just a matter of looking past the facade that people put up to see Him in someone. And He touches different people in different ways. Clearly these odd looking celebrities were touched by the sister´s performance. And that is a good thing. So let´s all try to dredge up a little Christian compassion before we start condemning people based on their appearance.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 4/7/2014 12:49:26 PM     (No. 9801176)

Thank you OP!

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