Mitch Daniels, Eli Lilly, and the Center for Public Integrity: an exchange. Plus: Church organ production.
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Re: Christopher Orlet’s Something Is Sacred:
This is an excellent article. I have watched the integrity of Church music go to hell-in-a-hand-basket for years. I spent 32 years of my life as a classical musician. I studied the history and performance of great music from the greatest masters with the most noted masters still living at the time. I won world competitions for performing classical music (three in all) and performed with most of the major symphonies of the world as a soloist. Too few people have experienced the spiritual lifting of music written for God by these great masters of the past and those living today. No rock ‘n roll, country, blues, bluegrass, or anything that stinks of pop culture can glorify God and the Trinity. God gave us the great masters and the arrogant ignorant ignore them. I listen to the oldest known music written for Christian worship often. It lifts my spirit and faith every time without fail. Pieces thought to be written in the 10th century such as “The Play of Daniel,” or Gregorian Chant will always deliver us at the foot of the Father and shower us with His Spirit.
What a shame most reading this letter will have no idea of what I wrote.
“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the
old words best of all.” —Winston Churchill
— Jim Cunningham
Fort Eustis, Virginia
While I am greatly saddened by the fate of my colleagues
at the Wicks Organ Company, the organ has hardly been “finished
off.” As you may be aware, navigating the economic storm of the
last several years has been a challenge for many firms in many
industries. Trends in church music be what they may, and the
economy notwithstanding, there are firms that have substantial
backlogs of work. Our firm currently has more than two years of
work on the books and we will continue to do the same work we have
done since 1893. Building fine pipe organs.
— Curtis E. Hawkes
Sent from my iPhone
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?