The Beegees and the Bible

The drama class that I teach is doing a show with a 1970s theme. In keeping with this, I’ve been checking out music from this decade. I ran across this beauty.

I was born in 1979, so I’ve heard the song. It’s one of those earworm songs that you sing for days after hearing it. I even knew that the Beegees sang it.

But, I’d never seen a picture of the Beegees.

I was shocked. At first, I thought someone had made a lip synched video of this song using weird white guys in tight pants with windblown hair singing Stayin’ Alive.

And then I realized…That IS the Beegees!

All these years, my impression of that group was that they were a group of black ladies! I don’t know where that idea came from but it’s been firmly cemented in my brain for my entire life.

I’m questioning everything I know abut my life!

Seriously, though this situation reminds me of myself far too often.

How many times have I thought something was in the Bible, perhaps even telling it to someone else to learn later, embarrassingly, that it’s not.

Stuff like

“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” (Not in the Bible)

“God helps those who help themselves.” (Nope. Not in the Bible either.)

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.” (Ironically, this is usually said when people are being rather unkind toward the people whose sins are being discussed. But nope, not in the Bible either.)

Anyway, there are things that people say all the time that sound good, but they’re not necessarily part of the Bible. As Christians, we need to make sure that all that we believe is grounded in the truth of God’s Word. And the only way to know God’s Word is to get in it.

We won’t know if we’re hearing Biblically based preaching, reading a book that complements the Word and our understanding of it, or know whether or not that statement that our relatives always say is, in fact, true.

The whole foundation of our faith rests upon the Holy Word of God. Don’t take for granted that you already know what’s in it. There’s no substitute for picking up the Bible and reading, studying, and learning about what is in it.

Yes, it is that important.

Even more important than knowing who the Beegees are!



Musical Monday: Danny Gokey

I just love this song and I LOVE the music video. I mean, who puts a boxer and a ballerina in the same music video?

I discovered Danny Gokey about a year ago, and I think he sounds a lot like Phil Collins.

At any rate, this song means a lot to me, and it’s rare that I hear it without tearing up.

Musical Monday: The Star Wars Cantina Song

Oh, this is so much fun. Last month, my drama group presented Nerd Night. This was one of the songs we included.

Musical Monday: Super Mario Brothers

Ah yes. This is fun.

Musical Monday: Tetris

This looks like it would have been a fun concert to attend. And, yes, I could play Tetris for hours.

Musical Monday: Into the West, Peter Hollens

Along the lines of Pentatonix, Peter Hollens is another artist who is so creative and talented. He creates all the parts himself, with the only instrument being his voice and his amazing video editing talents.



Musical Monday: More Nerdy Music

I love this group. They’re called Pentatonix and they are AMAZING. You have to see it to believe it.

Musical Monday: Nerdy Music

My drama group is doing a Nerd Night Sketch Collection in the spring. So, for music, I’ve been hunting nerdy music. This one is one of my favorites.

I’ve never been a huge video game geek, but the music is familiar, since my brothers were.

Lindsay Sterling is SO CUTE!

Music Appreciation

I am not a great musician. I banged my way through four or five years of piano lessons and then dropped them in favor of basketball and softball in junior high. However, I do love good music and I want my children to be able to appreciate many forms of music. So many people never listen to music that isn’t on the Top 40 charts.

In the past couple of years, the kids and I have learned so much more about classical music of all kinds. We also have learned to appreciate music made by different instruments.

One key for us was starting to listen to music during our school lessons. A huge source of irritation in our house are the sounds that others make when we are trying to do lessons. Sniffles, coughs, tapping pencils, humming, whistling, and even the breathing of siblings can cause huge fights when I just want the kids to concentrate. I tried playing soft hymns, but then the kids would sing along, sometimes on key, sometimes off-key just to annoy each other. So I started trying instrumental songs.

We learned of some interesting music groups and some very talented musicians. Names like William Joseph, Han Zimmer, Two Cellos, Lindsey Stirling, and the Piano Guys are starting to roll off the tongues of my children. These musicians often play traditional instruments, but in a style that is never boring.

Here’s one of my favorite Piano Guys videos. I’ve never heard the One Direction song that it was originally based upon, but the tune is catchy. What’s more, I love how this video shows kids the different ways to make a piano sing.

What kind of music do you and your kids like? Do you try to branch out in the name of education?

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