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!

 

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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: 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–Pagagnini Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Who says that classical music is boring?

This is hilarious and so clever

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?

Hymn for the Week

I was going to get all fancy and make a long list of the most important hymns that I wanted to share with my kids. However, I’m such a Hot Mess that I probably wouldn’t sustain that for more than a few weeks or a couple of months at the most.

So I’m just going to use the order and listing on my Hymns for Kids CD right now.

If you’d like to follow along with our “A Hymn a Week” project, you can get free sheet music, audio downloads, and other resources at Hymns for a Kid’s Heart.

The first hymn that we will discover this year is the tune Holy, Holy, Holy.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

While I am so glad that God sent His Son to be my Savior so that I can have a personal relationship with Him, I should never forget about the holiness of my Father. Too often, in our casual society where all people are equal, nobody should ever judge another, and all philosophies and lifestyles are equally legitimate, we forget that God is holy.

To forget about and de-emphasize the holiness of God is to trample underfoot our need for a Savior. Often, our songs don’t mention how holy God is.

There’s one song that is regularly played on our Christian radio station that totally steams me. The phrase “I’m gonna get my worship on.” displays a total disregard for the holiness of God. When we worship the God of Creation, we must do it with a sense of awe for his holiness. We can’t worship in the same way that we change our shoes or pick out a bracelet that matches our blouse.

In every instance in Scripture, when people came face to face with God’s holiness, they fell flat on their faces. This should be the position of our heart when we worship God–humble gratitude that his Holiness would reach down and provide a way for us to love him and have that relationship.

For more information on the history of the Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy, you can visit this site.

Isaiah 6:3 

And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Hymns for Kids

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”

Ephesians 5:18b-19

This year, I am hoping to introduce a new hymn to my kids each week.

As much as I like some of the more modern praise hymns and choruses, I feel that knowing hymns is so important for Christians, both young and old.

Of course, as a hot mess, I expect that many weeks I will drop the ball on this one.  (Just like the Art on Fridays, Memory Verse Mondays, and many of the other weekly projects I can come up with at the beginning of each school year. )

Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic who has a ministry to the disabled, has shared her passion for hymns many times on the radio and online. She created a resource to help adults teach children a love for hymns.

hymns

She set up a site with free downloads for many wonderful, time-tested hymns of the faith.

You can download both the audio files and pdf files of all of the sheet music for the corresponding hymns.

I’ve been searching for a resource just like this. What’s even better? It’s absolutely free of charge!

So join with me this year in teaching your kids a new hymn each week.

If you don’t know many hymns, then that’s even better. Both you and your children will learn something, new, valuable, and comforting. Before too long, when tough times hit, you will be humming, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” or “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” to encourage yourself in the Lord.

I promise you, learning a hymn each week this school year will change you and your family.

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