28 Nov

"Speaking of  Music....."

Coming out of college, it was my specialty.  Since athletics was out, I chose to study music.  I was singing at the age of five, took up playing a cornet in the seventh grade, directed my adult choir at church at the age of fifteen and led music at summer revivals all through high school, so it was a natural process.  I was totally 'musically illiterate', but had no idea.  When you play a horn, you simply select fingering on valves that co-insides with the 'notes' on a score, regardless of the 'names' of the notation.  When I arrived on scholarship at college, my education began in earnest.  I had to learn to 'read' music in a hurry and became addicted to learning all I could about it.  one of my sons-in-law is a computer genius. He wrote a program that made uploading music lessons on the web a snap.  Back in 1995, I had an internet music class called, "The Music Room with Mr. A".  I posted basic music lessons for two years..hundreds of lessons, and had only two registered students!  So what? I delighted in creating them.  I had a ball, but have very little evidence of same.  I've gone through 6 computers, now on my seventh, and have no copies of any of it.  Music is important for a good life.  Music fulfils.  Music is essential for many reasons, but today's 'music' leaves me cold.  It has become much too contemporary. To me, music must have melody.  RAP is simply speech alliteration.  Music is a universal language.  Every piece of music is understood, regardless of the nation, world-wide.  Music is written on a 'staff of five lines and four spaces.  There are two basic 'staffs': Treble (or 'G') clef and Bass (or 'F') clef.  Combined staffs vary.  In a hymnal there are two and the same in a piano score.  The combined staffs is called "Grand Staff".  Each line and space has a specific name.  you may have learned the names of each in elementary music.  I first  learned them by a simple phrase.  Treble lines and spaces(bottom to top):  the lines are (E)very (G)ood (B)oy (D)oes (F)ine and the spaces spell FACE. In Las Vegas we learned, "Elvis Goes Boogying Down Flamingo".  The Bass lines and spaces, bottom to top (lines) are Good Boys Do Fine Always and the spaces are All Cows Eat Grass. Between the staffs were three tones/notes on two spaces and one line.  The space following the top-line of the Bass staff is "B", the line is "C" (also called middle C) and the space before bottom line E on the Treble staff is "D".  Therefore the names of the lines and spaces of the Grand Staff, beginning with Bass, bottom to top are;

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates, right here in my corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field


James G Austin, '69

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. (1 Chronicles 16;8)

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