Mahler’s Epic Resurrection Symphony

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WHEN HE WAS 28 YEARS OLD, Gustav Mahler began writing his second symphony, known as the “Resurrection Symphony”. It had its first performance in 1895 in Berlin, when Mahler was 35 years old, with Mahler himself conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Scored for a huge orchestra and male/female choir (it also has an offstage mini-orchestra), it lasts around 90 minutes. Apparently, it was voted the fifth-greatest symphony of all time in a survey of conductors carried out in 2016 by the BBC Music Magazine. (Mahler’s 9th was voted the 4th greatest, just behind Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony!). Just for your interest, the entire top ten symphonies of all time in this conductors’ vote were as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

The Notre Dame Fire in Paris: What Would Jesus Think?

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Introduction: A Relevant Question

Amidst all the individual lamentations, endless media malarkey and public posturing from politicians, billionaires and various other “dignitaries” about the very rapid burning-down of much of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, I want to ask a highly relevant question: What Would Jesus Think? In fact, I generally like to extend that question to say What Would Jesus & His Apostles Think? That’s because Jesus left it to His apostles to expand on His teaching and His desires for His church. This is a serious query; not only because Christ is the Head of the Church (as I will show below) but in all the media frenzy that I have observed since the conflagration occurred, I have not seen a single journalist pose it. (N.B. I use the term “journalist” very loosely here as there are very few genuine ones left!).

Identifying the True Church & its Foundation

My purpose here is not to join the chorus of civic sadness about the destruction of a manmade monument but to examine the true spiritual significance which lies behind Read the rest of this entry »

Unwitting Service: Even Evil People (& Demons) Fulfil God’s Ultimate Purpose

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INTRODUCTION: Yesterday, I put an image on Facebook with the words: “When you see the powermongers driving this ‘civilisation’ to its destiny, in gleeful celebration of human hubris and in opposition to the Divine will, one can only mutedly mutter one thing in astonishment: ‘Now is their hour and that of the power of darkness’”. What did I mean by that? What is “their hour” and what does it have to do with “the power of darkness”? Well, those last words are based on something which Christ said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come out to arrest Him in the garden of Gethsemane. His exact words were:

“Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not arrest me. But this is your hour, and that of the power of darkness!” (Gospel of Luke, chapter 22, verses 52-53)

Those final words of His to them make the hair stand up on the back of my neck. If I had been amongst those doing the arresting (if there was still anything benevolent left in me to be reached by Truth and sanity), those words would have stopped me dead in my tracks. I would want to know what they meant, for they have a ring of terrible Read the rest of this entry »

Requiem for Hijacked Words [poem]

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Remind me not to use those words which
pop stars, hacks and politicians made into
a parody of what they once had been.
And now this poem’s a requiem for all those
meanings overruled, messing up the gene pool,
courting only ridicule, gag rule, cesspool,
language beauty underjeweled, words to fool,
viral oral bubblegum, (guess I’m only old-school,
won’t succumb, arch-refusenik I’ve become). Read the rest of this entry »

Brexit: The Endgame

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TO SAY THAT THE UK HAS BECOME BREXIT-OBSESSED WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. It’s just wall-to-wall BREXIT everywhere one turns. People are being driven to distraction by it. Families have been divided. Marriages have broken down. Friends have turned against each other. Communities have been divided. In fact, everything has gone more or less the way I thought it would when the original Referendum vote took place. There is nothing clever in that prediction because, as with any psychological operation (Psyop) involving mind-control and the clever use of Trigger-Stimuli, it is fairly easy to forecast how it will run because conditioned people are very Pavlov-doggishly predictable. After these nearly three years of mayhem, I still maintain that Brexit has been one big trap organised by the power-elite — for both those who voted to leave and those who voted to remain — designed to generate certain conditions which would be favourable to their endgame. I will say much more about this later on in this piece. Read the rest of this entry »

“Virtual Embrace” (from my album, “The Key”)

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The relationship one has with one’s songs is always interesting, as each contains a little piece of one’s heart. But there are some which have a special place in there. Out of the 300 or so songs which I’ve written over the years, “Virtual Embrace”, is still in my top five personal favourites. I was so happy in the studio when it got the treatment it needed from producer, Otto Wellton (who also played the very tasteful piano part), and the arrangement for the Stockholm Concert Orchestra (oh, those sweet, sweet strings!) by their director, Johan Ahlin, and that “submarine” bass from Samuel Laxberg. The song recounts an occasion when I met an old friend after many years and we each pretended that we were happy when we weren’t. “How are you?” Pause. “Fine”. Familiar scene. But between us there was a virtual embrace which awaited fulfilment. A snapshot of truth. Please click on the link above to listen. Here are the lyrics:

She looked me in the eye and said “My dreams are satisfied”
but something else was screaming from inside.
The smile upon her face didn’t match her mournful gaze —
I saw through her disguise Read the rest of this entry »

LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #34: “My Rocketship, ‘Apocalypse’”

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LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #34: “My Rocketship, ‘Apocalypse’”. Here’s another raw video of a song I just wrote. It’s just a very personal (if somewhat surrealistic) take on some old situations and their consequences in my life, and my being freed from them. It contains 4 verses, 4 refrains and a vocal bridge. (There will also be an article related to this on my new website specially designed for articles later this month, entitled “Truth Attracts Lies & We All Know Why!”). I hope that it speaks [sings] to you. Living-Room Videos are made of songs I just wrote. They are not professional grade but raw and acoustic, filmed on a webcam in my living-room. If this was in a live concert, there would be a full band, synthesizer and orchestral instruments. Here are the lyrics: Read the rest of this entry »