Thursday, January 17, 2019

Christians need another language, and other music quotes

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"Christians need another language than just words to both prescribe the affections they should have and describe the affections they do have. That other language is music." -- Scott Aniol

"The old minor scale is true and an unalterable fixture which cannot be ignored so long as mother Nature sings her lullabies to a weary, care-worn, sin-beridden world with its millions of aching hearts. Much of that which is called ‘voice culture’ is ‘voice ruin.’ Natural tone or tuning cannot be excelled or improved upon. It can be cultivated, however." -- Henry Smith Rees, The Musical Million, September 1, 1897, p. 136

"Let us have the benefit of both scales [major and minor], for they are in accord with the yearnings of the human heart." -- H. S. Rees, The Musical Million, September 1, 1898, p. 139

"When I commenced on the songs of my childhood and youth, I got up (as it were) into the elysian fields and seemed for a time almost transported to the regions of perfect love and joy." -- A. G. Holloway, The Musical Million, January 1, 1900, p. 13

"The only way to get a good hymn-book is for parsons to choose the music and musicians to choose the words." -- found in A History of Hymns Ancient and Modern, a PhD thesis by Richard William Wilkinson (March 1985), where it is called Elgar's adage

"A person who gives this some thought and yet does not regard music
as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs." -- Martin Luther

"My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require." -- Edward Elgar

"If you haven’t heard “Amazing Grace” sung by a good class of Sacred Harp singers, heard that deep bass and ringing treble, good voices and bad voices, people from all walks of life – young and old – as far as I’m concerned, you haven’t ever heard it!" -- Jean Beard Sanders

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