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help for a friend

Whew. It's been a very long time since I've posted. Apparently this last semester of school is getting to me. I have some nice update-y info to share, but that will have to wait until later. Right now, I want to bring before you an urgent matter...

A very dear friend of mine contacted me earlier this week and told me that her stepfather is very ill. Because of his illness, he has not been able to work for some time, and now he cannot get any health insurance. This means all of his necessary treatment has been put on hold until the family can afford it (and with him out of a job, there is no way they can possibly afford it).

You can read more about the situation here: http://samuelgatesmedicalfund.com/

If you feel led, please consider donating to the fund. If you cannot give, please pray for this dear family, and if you can, spread the word about their struggle. It is just devastating to see this happen to such a loving, hard-working, strong family.

for sale

(Lizzi's entry reminded me to post this. Thanks, Lizzi!)

We are moving in two weeks, so I've been clearing out some stuff we don't need. Our loss is your gain! All prices are before shipping; shipping will be charged at cost.

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worth a careful read

This is an important article for everyone, but especially for musicians. Hopefully more research is underway.

Music as Torture/Music as Weapon

One of the most startling aspects of musical culture in the post-Cold War United States is the systematic use of music as a weapon of war. First coming to mainstream attention in 1989, when US troops blared loud music in an effort to induce Panamanian president Manuel Norriega’s surrender, the use of “acoustic bombardment” has become standard practice on the battlefields of Iraq, and specifically musical bombardment has joined sensory deprivation and sexual humiliation as among the non-lethal means by which prisoners from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo may be coerced to yield their secrets without violating US law.

The very idea that music could be an instrument of torture confronts us with a novel—and disturbing—perspective on contemporary musicality in the United States. What is it that we in the United States might know about ourselves by contemplating this perspective? What does our government’s use of music in the “war on terror” tell us (and our antagonists) about ourselves?

This paper is a first attempt to understand the military and cultural logics on which the contemporary use of music as a weapon in torture and war is based. After briefly tracing the development of acoustic weapons in the late 20th century, and their deployment at the second battle of Falluja in November, 2004, I summarize what can be known about the theory and practice of using music to torture detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo. I contemplate some aspects of late 20th-century musical culture in the civilian US that resonate with the US security community’s conception of music as a weapon, and survey the way musical torture is discussed in the virtual world known as the blogosphere. Finally, I sketch some questions for further research and analysis.



along similar lines...

"Check everybody. Everybody is a suspect."

Scared yet?


1 John 4:7-21

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.


praise God!


Belmont University accepted me into their Graduate Music Program. And gave me a nice little scholarship. Oh my goodness, I am so excited. I'm going to get an MM in Vocal Pedagogy! YEAH!!

Now I just need to figure out how to pay for the rest of the tuition and fees.

what should I make?

Poll #960405 dessert

I'm supposed to bring dessert to my brother and sister-in-law's tonight. They have three little girls. What should I bring?

chocolate chip cookies
chocolate pudding pie
strawberries and whipped cream
ice cream
other (comment!)