Importance of Music
Current mood: contemplative
It is funny how certain faiths don't advocate the use of music. I am
reminded when Cat Stevens became a Muslim, and quit his music because
they do not believe in the art.
But in my faith, it has always been "If you sing you pray twice".
Recently however he has been doing some things musically and sharing his gifts for our benefit.
I know the power of silence and "LISTENING" has a place for us as well.
sometimes we do have to shut up and just "be" and just mabey God will speak to us if we are open to it.
of us however feel that we are called to compose music that will
somehow influence others in a positive way, that not enough is going on
to combat the "bad" message that is being put out there.
I think about how I have lived a parallel existence to Marilyn Manson.
think of how close I was behind the scenes, as he was practicing in the
basement of the Agora theatre in Cleveland, I was planning contemporary
Liturgies in Church.
How I managed the building and collected rents
where he had met his future managers, the Cueilla brothers at the
Empire concert club, where there was much dirt, deceit and dishonesty.
How their quest for money and business made most of them (unwittingly) become participants for peoples souls.
downloaded a picture a few years ago of a Cleveland student named Asa
Coon, who was 14 at the time, Coon, armed with .22 caliber and .38
caliber revolvers with extra rounds of ammunition, and a sachet holding
three knives, walked into the fourth floor of the building
at approximately 1:15 p.m, and first shot Michael Peek, 14, in the
chest,who attempted to disarm him by punching him in the face.His
second victim was Darnell Rodgers, 17, who was shot and injured inthe
elbow, following the shooting and injuring of two teachers:
DavidKachadourian, a math teacher, 57, shot in the back, and
Michael Grassie, a social studies teacher, 42, shot in the chest. Coon
thenentered a classroom where he committed suicide via a gunshot to the
In addition to the gunman's fatality, three students and two teachers were injured in the attack:
picture was taken by a Policeman from his cell phone camera and there
was a lot of controversy surrounding this, because it was shared on the
internet. This incident took place less than a mile from where Manson
got his break..... I guess the thing that stuck in my mind really, was
the fact that this troubled 14 year old boy lying in a pool of his own
blood, was wearing a Marilyn Manson T-shirt as plain as day. No Copy,
No words, just a picture of Marilyn Manson on his chest.
year my daughter and I went on a "Haunted Cleveland Tour" that she had
won, and as we went into the basement of the Agora Theatre on Euclid
Ave. (reportedly Haunted), the guide pointed out that Marilyn Manson
had used this dirty ugly, dark space to practice when he stayed in
I observed how some people on the tour was looking around in "Awe", like they were somehow on "Hallowed Ground"
sometimes feel that these things happen to me for a reason, I feel some
sense of responsibility to do something, I do believe in fate and also
that we have a chance to change things for the better if we choose.
has richly blessed me in my life, in spite of the fuss I may put up at
times, and I do believe I may have something to share.
that in some small way I can do something to help the Asa Coons in the
world, by giving them an alternative. You see, I was once not much
different from him. I walked the same streets, attended the same school
system and had the broken home and abuse that many of us city children
I don't mean to ramble on or to "preach".
My only qualification is Life experience, and a calling of sorts. May God help us to make a difference.
"Music soothes the savage soul" is a quote I remember that I think is appropriate here.
cant help thinking, Perhaps if Mr. Coon had been turned on to some
other Music with a wholesome message, it may have been a different
I pray that he is at rest and that God has mercy on his soul.
Thanks for listening.