Ch. 15: “I AM Music”

By admin On December 8th, 2012

 

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“THE NOISE OF THY VIOLINS…O LUCIFER”

Isaiah 14:11, 12

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“The noise of thy viols…O Lucifer…the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth…” Isaiah 14:11, 12 & Ezekiel 28:13, 14

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Where does literary inspiration come from? And why do most prolific composers just run dry after a while? You would think that with time and experience, they would only become that much more prolific in composing!

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And why do many of the really great songs and the really great music compositions just seem to “drop into the lap” of composers?

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And how could, say, a 3-year-old write a sophisticated symphony, which requires years of life-experiences and maturity, which the child simply has not yet attained to? Even if they had a great big brain, they still haven’t experienced the many life-lessons necessary to be translated into music! Well, read on, and maybe you will learn the secret that I have learned…

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  CH. 15: “I AM MUSIC” …

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NEW HOME…

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I was friends with a realtor who showed me a little house for sale in a new subdivision over by Klamath Lake. It was a hilly area with lots of Pine trees. It looked like a little “gingerbread house” in a forest. Really quaint! I liked it!

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So I bought it. And as with each new house I bought over the past eight years, I was excited to move in. With all the trees and hills, this house was like living in a forest. It wasn’t a very big house. But it was comfortable for one or two persons. About 1200 sq. ft.

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NOT EXACTLY A STILL SMALL VOICE…

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I was just so busy with this “new” spiritual realm that I was now dealing with. My days were spent communing with the spirit. I wanted to ask him all sorts of questions: questions about the past. But especially questions about the future. And the spirit would sometimes answer me by nodding my head “yes” or “no”. Sometimes he would make my head to circle around, just like someone might do when asked a dumb question. Or circle as if to say “maybe”. Other times he would answer by speaking directly. It was not exactly an actual audible voice. It was more like a small nondescript voice in my mind. But it was definitely a voice! When he talked, he would often include my name in his comments. And he was often joking. At other times, he would make a statement, and then retract that statement, saying, “Oh, I was just kidding, Chuck.”

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THE MEANING OF RX7 ?????

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I hadn’t returned to work as yet, and so I’d often go for a drive. He’d direct where to go. Quite often, I would feel him take control my hands on the steering wheel, and turn me in the direction he wanted me to go. He would often direct me to a little park east of town on Klamath River.

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As I’ve already said, I was always asking him questions about the past, present, and future. But I must admit, his answers were kind-of vague, to say the least!

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RX-7 LICENSE PLATE

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One day he said, “Chuck do you know what your license plate stands for?” My license plate was a special plate I ordered when I bought this car. It read “RX7-LTD” (My Rx7 was a limited edition. Hence the “LTD” on the license plate) But the spirit had another interpretation…  “It means you will live another 7 seven years, and then you will get sick and die. So the “RX” stands for prescription medication. The “7″ stands for 7 years. And the “Limited” stands for your limited life ahead.”

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This didn’t bother me too badly. After all, 7 years was quite a while! That would give me until about 1987, which was a long time from now. Right? And not to mention, he promised the next 7 years would be filled with glorious things! A real win-win proposition, would you say?

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“And ya know what else? (said the spirit) Do ya wanna know what else your little black car symbolizes?” Everything was a guessing game with the spirit. So I would guess, and eventually he would tell me… “Your little black car looks like a coffin, doesn’t it? It means you’re gonna die in 7 years.”  And so, upon hearing this, I looked out my window at that little car and squinted and tried to see it as a coffin. Well, maybe it did look a little bit like a coffin!

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Photo: similar RX7, except lighter in color than mine: Mazda-rx7-1st-generation wikipedia GNU free user license

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“I GET AROUND!”

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So I did a lot of driving during these days. And there was constant communication between the spirit Mazda rx7-1st wikipedia GNU-free-user-licenseand myself. Sometimes he talked. And quite often, he would just shake my head. If I would guess the answer, he would simply shake my head, “Yes”. This could be a bit embarrassing when I would come up to a stop-light. My head would be shaking. I felt like one of those little dashboard figurines that shake their heads as you drive down the street! And I was always afraid the driver next to me would think I was crazy, even though it wasn’t shaking so much, as to be easily noticeable. But I couldn’t stop my head from shaking. If he chose to answer me by shaking my head, it was going to happen, whether I liked it or not!

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Anyway, this is how the spirit told me about all the things that were ahead for me.

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DATE FROM HELL…ME!

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“BLIND DATE & BLIND FAITH”…

Mazda rx7-1st wikipedia GNU-free-user-licenseDuring this time period, a friend had set me up with a date. You see, just prior to my troubles beginning, my girlfriend at that current time, broke up with me. So a caring friend set me up with a blind date. Even though I was in no mental condition to be going on a date, I still went over to meet the person. I went to her apartment and while she was getting ready, the spirit began to put me through a “test of faith”. While she was in the bathroom, The spirit told me I should lay down on her bed. Oh not for any wrong purposes. Just to lie there on her bed…which I knew was really crossing her boundary line, as well as making me look really crazy!

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What could I do? If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be showing my faith. So I did. The spirit indicated he would keep her away as long as I had faith. Well that didn’t happen! I felt like a fool when I had to jump up as she came in the room. I’m not sure if we ever actually went out on a date, or not. But if we did, I never saw her after that. If only I had known that passage in Scripture…

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“Then the devil took Him (Jesus) up into the holy city, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, And said unto Him, ‘If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone’. Jesus said unto him, ‘It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord thy God’.” Matthew 4:5-7

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So this passage prohibits us from doing something foolish, to prove our faith that God will help us at the last minute. Even in small situations of life. Oh, if only I had known this passage, it would have saved me a lot of grief! Not just on this little situation, but in bigger situations too!

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James Tissot Brooklyn Museum Jesus Carried up to the Pinnacle wikimedia US public domain

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SECOND DATE:

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“DATE WISHES SHE WAS BLIND!”

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About this same time, I somehow met up with a certain lady I knew from the club I had played at. Mazda rx7-1st wikipedia GNU-free-user-licenseWell, to make a not-so-long story shorter, I asked her to accompany me to Reno for the weekend. So this very pretty lady and I zoomed off to Reno.

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I badly wanted to make a good impression on her! I was wearing my best slacks and big diamond ring and ohh man… was I dressed to kill. Fancy new sports car ‘to boot’.

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So there I was…cruisin’ down the highway to Reno! Me…my slinky black sports car and a beautiful babe sittin’ next to me! The wind blowing through our hair! The bright lights of that infamous gambling Mecca just over the horizon! Spending our time at the gambling tables! Or perhaps going to a dinner show and watching some world-class entertainer! What could be better? I ask you…what could be better!? Hugh Hefner woulda been proud! Well…probably not!

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Anyway, we arrived there five hours later and got a room at one of the casinos. I can’t remember which hotel we stayed at. I usually stayed in a suite at the recently built MGM Grand Hotel. But maybe I didn’t for some reason. I just can’t remember. Maybe Harrah’s. It’s not really that important anyway. But I wanted to impress her, so I’m gonna say… the MGM Grand. It was brand-new and very impressive! 

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OK, so I’ve set this story up properly. No sooner than we got there, my entire body went stiff like a board. I couldn’t bend at all! I could walk, but just barely! We decided that I should go to the emergency room of the local hospital. So we walked to my car. Actually, she walked…I waddled…totally embarrassed! She had to stuff my into my small little car. This was definitely not the way to impress a lady! 

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Well anyway, she drove me to the emergency room of the local hospital. After an hour or two they released me after giving me some medicine and no further encouragement.

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I WAS BOARD-STIFF…LITERALLY!!

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Well, needless to say, this brought my perfect weekend to a screeching halt. She drove me home…me still stiff as a board. I repeatedly apologized. She was a good sport. And she was as gracious as she was beautiful. And I was as mortified as I was…oh whatever!

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As we were driving home, I began to suspect that this entire deal (or should I say…”the entire ordeal”) was brought on by my spirit companion. When we got back to Klamath, my body returned to normal again. I said goodnight to her…never to see her again! And by that time I had no doubt, the whole incident was courtesy of my spirit “friend”.

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But the spirit never put me through that same phenomenon ever again. Other phenomena…yes. But not this particular one.

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Photos of Reno & Grand Sierra (formerly MGM) courtesy Wikipedia, public domain.

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SONGS FROM HEAVEN…

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One sunny day, about a month after moving in to this house, I got my guitar and sat down in the living room. Before long I had a nice chord progression worked out, along with some nice lyrics. .

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“Is it time to start giving me songs?” The spirit was silent. So I kept up composing this song… .

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“Too many people in this town. There’s confusion…uh…uh…growing…” .

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“What should I say next” I asked the spirit. But the spirit was silent. So I continued until the words and chords finally came…

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1ST VERSE

“Too many people in this town..

“There’s confusion growing all around…

“Long to hear the wind outside my door…

“Long to see an eagle homeward soar… .

CHORUS

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“Oregon I’m coming, Oregon I’m comin

“Oregon I’m comin’ home to you…

Oregon  I’m comin’,

Oregon I’,m comin’,

Oregon I’m comin’ home—-to you.

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2ND VERSE .

“This city’s got me upside down…

Gotta get my feet back on the ground…

So I’m gonna pack my bags and go…

To that place I left so long ago…

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CHORUS

Etc, Etc…

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3RD VERSE

I left that land so long ago…

Went to the place where money people go…

Tried to climb my way up to the top…

It’s time for this ol’ spinnin’ wheel to stop…

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CHORUS

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LAST VERSE

“This time tomorrow I’ll be gone…

What’s the use in tryin’ to hang on…

And when I get myself back home…

You know I’m never gonna roam…”

CHORUS ONE LAST TIME…

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END OF SONG

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“Are those the right words?”, I asked. The spirit made my head to nod, “Yes”. The spirit did no talking during this time. He only made my head nod either “yes” or “no”. And so this song went on like this until completion. At the time, I thought it was a great song. But over the years, I began to suspect that he really wasn’t interested in making that song a good one. 

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“HE (GOD) IS…MY INSPIRATION”

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Jimmy Webb, one of the most celebrated secular song-writers in the music business, once made thishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jimmy_Webb,_2011.png statement”I couldn’t write a song without God. Sure, I could hack out hackneyed phrases and clichés, but to write anything meaningful I have to be in tune with God. He is the great source, my inspiration, the current that I have to connect to. Sadly I’ve not always used the gift He’s given me—the answered prayer—as best as I could or should have. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve done things I wish I hadn’t done.” (Compositions such as “Wichita Lineman”, “Up, Up, And Away”, “Galveston”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, etc., etc….)

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“I’VE BEEN ALIVE FOREVER”…

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The spirit told me that he had a lot of people in the music world who received songs that he wrote. He led me to believe me that the song, “I write the songs” was about him, as I recall. . .

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“I WRITE THE SONGS”……by Bruce Johnston

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“I’ve been alive forever And I wrote the very first song I put the words and the melodies together I am music, and I write the songs”.

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“My home lies deep within you And I’ve got my own place in your soul Now when I look out through your eyes I’m young again, even tho’ I’m very old” .

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“Oh, my music makes you dance and gives you spirit to take a chance And I wrote some rock ‘n roll so you can move. Music fills your heart, well that’s a real find place to start. It’s from me, it’s for you It’s from you, it’s for me It’s a worldwide symphony” .

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[Chorus:] “I write the songs that make the whole world sing. I write the songs of love and special things. I write the songs that make the young girls cry I write the songs, I write the songs” “I am music and I write the songs” .

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OK, so I totally believed the spirit, that this song was indeed written by him and about him. After all, the song was about some spirit entity who had been alive FOREVER! And he wrote all the SONGS! Yeah…this all made sense! After all, he was giving me songs. Why would I doubt that he was giving other people songs too?

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You can form your own conclusion about this.

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“The noise of thy viols…O Lucifer…the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth…” Isaiah 14:11, 12 & Ezekiel 28:13, 14

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Stuck Luzifer ca-1890 wikimedia public domain

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“TRY”

Here is another song he gave me…

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“When you try to understand…

All the power you have at your command…

When you try to see the light…

Take a little time to make it right…

Yes you have the gift of love…

It goes with you like a shining dove…

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I wish I could remember more of this song lyrics. But I think you get the idea. Kind-of a “look-for-the-light” type of song. But it was Christian enough for me, at that time!

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PAUL TELLS ALL!

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Paul McCartney made the following statement… “I woke up with a lovely tune in my head. I thought, ‘That’s great, I wonder what that is?’ There was an upright piano next to me, to the right of the bed by the window. I got out of bed, sat at the piano, found G, found F sharp minor 7th — and that leads you through then to B to E minor, and finally back to E. It all leads forward logically. I liked the melody a lot, but because I’d dreamed it, I couldn’t believe I’d written it. I thought, ‘No, I’ve never written anything like this before.’ But I had the tune, which was the most magic thing!”

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This particular song, “Yesterday”, by Paul McCartney, was voted best single hit of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine and MTV in the year 2000.

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To go to next chapter , just click here…

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Ch.16  “And I Write The Songs”… 

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More songs by a pretty good song writer.

 

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