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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Musical Interlude

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Hat tip to Mustang of A Montpelier View:


  1. Thanks, AOW. You succeeded in changing my mood for the better.

  2. HUGO WINTERHALTER! Now there's a name I haven't heard in more than half a century. A great arranger of popular songs before musical entertainment took a giant step backward with the advent of Rock and Roll.

    THIS is the kind of stuff we used to listen to as we took rides in the country or went on vacation to faraway place. It made traveling so much easier, less stressful and altogether more pleasant.

    We'd hear this kind of thing in the background when we dined out at good restaurants too, and live bands would play it in "supper clubs" so folks like my parents could get up to stretch their legs a bit, and dance between courses.

    A different world before 1955 -- and one altogether more comfortable and pleasant than anything that came in its wake. The country knoew how to RELAX and have FUN in those days. Alas! We no longer do.

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll along with endless Protest and Dissension are lousy substitutes for what we used to have in the immediate post-war years.

    Thanks for the memories, AOW!

  3. Very nice, very nice! I hope all is going well.

    1. Brooke,
      I have the top half of my visual field in the operated eye; the result is double vision because the operated eye, the dominant eye, is coming back on board. As a result, I'm restricting my time in front of the computer.

      If the lower half of my visual field (I had lost most of the lower half as a result of the retinal tears and the detachment) is as good as the upper half, I will pronounce the surgery a success.

  4. There are many versions of "Canadian Sunset." It's such a beautiful tune!

    And, now, time to sign off so as to get some rest.

  5. Beautiful images to go with the music.

    My hubby plays the Bass Guitar with the church band, so we arrive about an hour early. I go to my classroom where it is quiet, by myself, and enjoy the quiet time.

    I had up a video yesterday at Right Truth with a song the band does (though the video was not our band). It is good to have beautiful music to ease our weary hearts and minds these days, a nice break.

    Right Truth

  6. A claim by Islamic scholars as well as jihadists is that no one can produce something as beautiful as the Quran in the way the words are arranged and thus it can only be of God. This claim should be answered.
    First, all someone has to do is examine some of the great works of literature to fine much written beauty. Such as the Greek epic poet Homer with his Iliad and Odyssey and then Virgil who produced the Aeneid has beauty. Even one of the non-Bible books in the Apocrypha called The Song of Three Children is also very beautiful. Thus just because someone sees a work that is written in great beauty doesn’t mean it’s inspired by God.
    Second, the scholar Edward Gibbon wrote after an examination of the Quran that it is an “incoherent jumble of fable and precept and declamation which seldom excites a sentiment or an idea, sometimes craws in the dust and is sometimes lost in the clouds…” The writer Thomas Carlyle wrote the Quran is “A wearisome jumble, crude, incondite [with] endless iterations [and] longwindedness…” Likewise, the philosopher David Hume was NOT favorably impressed after reading the Quran.
    [Source of the three scholars mentioned – Secrets of The Koran: Revealing Insight Into Islam’s Holy Book .56,66, by Don Richardson]

    Furthermore, the following should be taken into consideration.

    Of course the Muslim who reads the Quran will see great beauty in the way the words are arranged. This is, in part, because of the power of suggestion after being told so many times that the Quran is so beautifully written. That’s an old brainwashing method, repeating and being told that same thing again and again. Since he or she is always being told the same lie will end up believing that lie. In addition to that, the Imams try to discourage their people from reading other works, such as the Bible, so then they don’t have much or anything to compare or contrast the Quran with. Of course there are some Muslim’s that do read other works, but they are exceptions and they read other things only after they were already brainwashed by the Imams. In short, the Muslims can’t read the Quran objectively because their Imams have programmed them to have a strong bias towards it.


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