Music in Christian Worship

Copyright (c) 2010 Robert Hinchliffe

The history of music in Christian worship is a substantial one which can trace its origins all the way back to pre-Christian times in the Old Testament. In those very early days we read of the Jewish people singing, playing instrumental music and even dancing. Such activity was widely used as a means of expressing faith. Music played an important role in many acts of celebration and worship. It was into that society that Jesus was born.

Over the two thousand years since Christ’s life the use of music in Christian worship has gone through many phases and many musical idioms. It is really over the second of those two thousand years that church music, as we know it today, has developed.

One of the most important events in the whole of the world of music came about through the work of a Benedictine monk, Guido of Arrezzo who lived from about 995 to 1050. He didn’t actually ‘invent’ staff notation but he perfected it, completing the evolution of the earlier neumes into plainsong script, which was the forerunner of what we know today as ‘tonic-solfa’. All music had previously been passed down by aural tradition so the facility to write down music for others to read and perform was a massive step forward. Almost all musical expression since that time has come as a direct result of that development.

From that time on, composers were able to create substantial works for use in worship. This early church music was written to form the framework of an act of worship. The music was performed primarily by professional musicians attached to the church and was not for congregation participation. Composers did eventually begin to incorporate chorales (hymns) into the liturgy which gave the congregation the opportunity to join in at certain points in the service.

Many of the greatest composers over the centuries have added their voices to the ever growing repertoire of great church music. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and many others have given us masterpieces adding to the wealth of music in Christian worship. We tend to know many of these works today through concert performances, forgetting that many were originally created as liturgical pieces for use in church services.

At times of spiritual revival (the Protestant Reformation, the missions of Moody & Sankey, the evangelical energy which led to the founding of Methodism and the Salvation Army, etc.) there was a burst of hymn writing surrounding these events. These highly creative times in church music led to the appearance of many of the greatest and most popular congregational hymns of all. The hymns from these eras of church history have stood the test of time and are still to be heard today in even the most contemporary of worship situations.

Over the last 50 years worship music has gone through a whole new phase of development. Since the early 1960’s composers of church music have gained much inspiration from the popular music of their day. We now regularly encounter worship bands accompanying church singing rather than the traditional organ. More and more, we hear the term “worship song” rather than the word “hymn” and congregations are becoming much more attuned to worship music in a popular contemporary idiom. This can be a contentious issue at times but it is important that all Christians have the right to express their faith in a manner which suits them. Many churches are coping with this by having both traditional worship and contemporary worship on a Sunday.

So, music in Christian worship continues to develop and change. We now have a massive repertoire of music in many, many different styles and idioms to choose from. At all costs, we must avoid the blinkered view of focusing on music of one idiom and ignoring the rest. Every generation adds to the rich tapestry of worship music we have available to us.

Robert Hinchliffe is a professional musician and Methodist local preacher. This article is a result of his recent research into the history and development of music in Christian worship. Would you like to know more about his research? If so please visit www.robsworshipmusic.com/mcweb.htm and find out how you can access a FREE copy of Robert’s contemporary Christmas song, “The Greatest Gift”.

Music and Self Talk

Music and Self Talk

To do self talk, that is, to talk to  self, you do not need any sophisticated mechanism. It is happening and it’s  happening all the time, inside your mind the way the sun is burning endlessly  giving off light all the time.

We all have constant conversations in our  minds. These conversations cannot be different from what we actually converse  with others around us. These conversations cannot be without background music  too or consequence in our life.

Yes, these inner conversations are also  not neutral like taste of water or harmonic musical in their oscillations. They  all are happing to give us hope, pain, love and myriads emotional  transformations.

Most of these inner level, the subs  conscious level thoughts and dialogues happen when we are normally alone not  crowded with daily mechanical rhythm of life, especially when we are unable to  comprehend the circumstances of life.

The silence becomes music of life,  existing in quite corner becomes the form of life. Being empty with thoughts  and unknown consequences becomes daily dose of musical melody. You love talking  to self with silence as background music.

Music plays definitely role in ringing  those bells in our life which were silence for some time and the moment we are  happy and achieved something in life.

The psychology of music impacts everyone  in different ways. If there is a big cinema hall and there are many people  listening to same tonal idiom, tempo, rhythm and number of notes the effect on  our inner thoughts will be unique from all their music preceptors sitting in  same hall.

People suffering from Down’s syndrome and  William syndrome can greatly benefit from music, especially children with  intellectual disabilities, because music works at the level of our inner self  where we talk and encourage or discourage ourselves to take on life.

References:

Alvin, J., Music for the Handicapped  Child, Oxford University Press, London, 1976

Schalkwijk, F. W., Music and People with  Developmental Disabilities: Music Therapy, Remedial Music Making and Musical  Activities, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 1994

Streeter, E., Making Music with the Young  Child with Special Needs: A Guide for Parents, Jessica Kingsley Publishers,  London, 1993

 

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Music In Prague

The first time we went to Prague it was to see the city and its history, but music in Prague is part of the fabric of the city. I remember saying I had never seen a city where everyone seemed to be walking around with a musical instrument of some type under their arm.

The first thing we did when we got to Prague wasn’t to go and see the Charles Bridge or the Castle… it was to go to an opera…. and that’s what we suggest to all of our friends.

Whoa… wait a minute, you’re saying. “I’m not an opera buff.” We’re not either, and we don’t usually go looking for musical performances when we travel, but music in Prague just called out to us.

Back to that opera… We went to see “Don Giovanni” in the Estates Theatre Prague. This jewel box of a theater opened in 1783. This is the theater where Mozart himself conducted the world premiere of his opera Don Giovanni in 1788, back when the theater was called the Nostiz Theatre. The building was beautifully restored for the movie Amadeus. According to their website, this is the only theater in the world that is still in its original condition.

To see Don Giovanni performed in the Estate Theatre is to share in history as well as sharing great music. Whether you’re an opera buff or not, it’s a fun experience. We were lucky to get great seats for a matinee on the day of the performance…, but if your time in Prague is short, you might want to buy tickets ahead of time online.

If you want your opera in a really different setting, you could see one at the National Marionette Theater or a handful of other puppet theaters.

It seemed like there were several inexpensive concerts every evening. Many churches had concerts, and there are several concert halls. If you love classical music, you’ve got to get to Prague. There are concerts with the “best of” classical pieces, so even if you’re not “into” classical music, you’ll hear music that you’re familiar with. You can hear organ concerts, chamber music concerts, or full orchestras.

There are concerts with show tunes and popular music too. They are not long drawn out affairs. They are about hour-long concerts for reasonable prices and a great way to spend an evening before you go for an evening stroll in the old town or on the Charles Bridge.

In the summer there are concerts on the steps of the National Museum and some of the gardens.

There are even musical groups on the corners and in the squares, livening up the afternoon and early evenings for a few euros or dollars in donations.

There also seem to be many small jazz clubs and music clubs scattered around the city.

The biggest annual musical event is the Prague Spring International Music Festival. It includes musical artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles from all over the world. For an event like that, you should probably by your tickets in advance.

It’s like we said at the beginning… music in Prague seems to be everywhere… so why not enjoy it.

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Ipod Music Players

If you enjoy listening to music then you will understand how important it is to buy the right product so that you can get the best sounds. IPod music players are becoming very popular and more people are choosing to purchase these rather than other styles. There are many different brands and styles of these IPod players to choose from and which one you choose will depend on your needs and budget. You should research them all well before hand to ensure that you know what you are buying and if it will suit your needs.

IPod player’s suit all ages as you can store a large amount of music on them and this is just one of the reasons that they have become so popular. They are a pocket sized music device which enables you to store music on in a very similar way to a hard drive. The design of the iPod music players is very simple to use and even very small children can use the device with ease. The basic interface means that you can scroll through the options and menu’s easily and chooses what you want to listen to within minutes.

The iPod players come with an inbuilt memory so that unlike other portable music devices the IPod does not need any other products such as a CD to work. The iPod music players are fun to own and use and are very practical and of course they look great. You can have them in many different colors which is ideal if you like your gadgets to be fun and funky. The IPod players are miles ahead of the other type of MP3’s not only in the size of the memory but also in terms of style and design.

The sound quality on the IPod players is far better than any other music device and you will love listening to your favorite tunes at any time of day and night. As the designs for the IPod players get smaller the quality is still there. Although you may think the storage space will decrease you will be amazed that they still hold the same amount as the larger models.

When it comes down to the final decision of what music device to get the IPod music players are the best in their field. They offer you the most storage, with great sound quality in great bright and modern colors you will also find the affordable and the battery life is fantastic. Although you should always shop around before purchasing anything you will hard pushed to find something of such great quality in the same price bracket.

You can find IPod players in many stores and online and they are easy to purchase, if you have any issues or concerns with your new purchase then Apple are on hand to help. When you purchase your iPod music players all of the software that you will need comes supplied and you will find it easy to install and use on your PC. You can easily upload music as and when you need to update the iPod music players.

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Ronn Moss Music

The story of Ronn Moss music career starts when he was 11 years old. At this age he started learning guitar, electric bass and drums which helped him have a music career later. But let’s back up a bit Ronn Moss was born in 1952 on March 4th in Los Angeles, California. He went on as we stated to learn music at the tender age of 11. When Ronn was in high school he was in a series of bands, which played locally, as a vocalist and bass player. These bands would play at outdoor events on flatbed trucks. The very first band Ronn was named Punk Rock. When all the members were still underage this band play in night clubs and bars, which got them arrested a few times. They used such dramatics on stage as chain sawing mannequins.

Then in 1976 when was 24, as a bass player, Ronn Moss hooked up with J.C. Crowley and Peter Beckett with the band Player. He contributed to the background-vocal harmonies and played bass. Ronn sang the lead vocal in “Tryin to Write a Hit Song” which appeared on the self-titled album Player had. This album and another were recorded with RSO Records, which Robert Stigwood owned. It was Robert who suggested to Ronn that he should try his hand at acting.

For awhile though Ronn Moss music was where his thoughts were at though. Ronn did though keep acting in his mind as a backup. Then the music styles changed in the 1980s, which was 3 albums later along with a number of tours. With this change things slowed for Player.

This is when Ronn Moss decided to pursue acting and give music a rest for awhile. During his acting time, he landed the role of Ridge Forrester on the popular “The Bold and the Beautiful” which still does today.

After some eight years away Ronn got back together with Peter Beckett from Player, and began working in his studio at home on new songs for his Ronn Moss music efforts. This resulted in another Player album the 5th one to be exact being released. It was named Electric Shadows in Europe and renamed Lost in Reality in America. Peter and ronn moss shared the lead-vocal spot on this effort. This proved that Ronn definitely was meant to sing smooth-melodic songs.

Then Ron in 2000 recorded a solo CD for the first time. It was “I’m Your Man” and had 13 songs that were heart-tugging melodies. He was wildly popular in Australia and went to Europe also on a tour. In 2008, a new album called “Live & Direct” by Player was released along with a tour.

Today, he is still making Ronn Moss music with Player. He is also still doing his role with “The Bold and the Beautiful” too. He will always be known for his good looks, charm and melodic voice. He is a fine musician and an engaging actor which people enjoying listening to and watching.

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Weight Lifting Music

The concept is fresh, and while you may have heard of people talking about what type of music they listen to while lifting weights, this is the first time that music has been specifically and strategically created for listening to while lifting weights.

As a person who loves to go to the gym and throw around big weights myself, I have been frustrated many times with the poor choice of music being played by the “gym dj” at my local workout gym. Sure, there have been plenty of workout music releases over the years as people have learned the benefits that music can have on your workout, but the problem is that these workout songs are usually more oriented for cardio or step aerobics.

I had not really heard of a specific genre of weight lifting music, so I decided to use my skills as a music composer and create it.

This was because I and my friends did notice a difference in our focus and strength when we listened to certain types of music while lifting weights. So as I began developing a genre of weight lifting music, I tried to keep in mind the elements that caused certain types of music to improve our strength, focus, and motivation in the gym.

Standard workout music works well for aerobics, cardio, and dance aerobics. It is fast paced, and has a “happy” vibe to it.

But when you are trying to get in the mindset to pick up and push heavy weights, I find that it is better to be in an aggressive state of being ready to rip someone’s head off. You can channel this energy into pushing the big weights, and spend all the energy that you did not even realize you had.

My goal was to make weight lifting music that could be effective whether it had words to it or not.

Have you ever noticed the type of music that plays in certain movies such as Rocky, or a movie where the underdog has to gain the courage and motivation to overcome the most extreme challenge?

The most notable parts of these music scores are effective whether they have lyrics or are purely instrumental.

So I felt that weight lifting music should get your blood pumping and give you an adrenaline rush. It has been proven that when a normal human being has adrenaline running through their veins, they can accomplish amazing feats of strength that they otherwise would not be able to accomplish under normal circumstances.

Adrenaline can be inspired through emotions, and emotions can be inspired and affected by music. So for weight lifting music to really be effective, it should be created in a way that inspires the emotions to signal the brain to produce adrenaline.

This is the ‘background theory’ to my approach of creating this workout music made specifically for listening to while lifting weights.

By the time you finish your workout, you will most likely have spent all of your energy, and will be ready to go home and get in the bed. If I can get you to put up more weight and be ready for bed after your workout, then my weight lifting music has done its job.

I am still tweaking and developing this, so I invite everyone to test it out and see just how effective this can be. If standard workout music can work for aerobics classes, then weight lifting music should be effective in helping you make your next workout your best workout.

Visit MusicForMuscles.com and download 100% pure, adrenaline pumping weight lifting music made specifically to take your next muscle building workout to the max. Test it out and let me know just how great your next weight lifting workout is! Weight Lifting Music by MusicForMuscles.com was created by Aaron B, also known as Aaron B the Composer.