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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Monday, February 22, 2010


There is something magical about music. Not only does it have the power to sooth the savage beast, but some believe it has the power to change the world. It certainly has the ability to change hearts and minds, and make the world better.

Last evening, I heard part of a radio documentary on the music and life of Elvis Presley. According to that broadcast, ‘the king’ often experienced periods of unhappiness, especially when faced with unfair criticism as all high profile people are. On such occasions he turned increasingly toward gospel music.

A member of his back-up band, the Jordanaires, talked about Presley’s recording of How Great Thou Art. He said that Elvis poured everything he had into that song, and at the end of it, he fell to one knee in the studio. His face was white with exertion, but there appeared a little smile on his face. He knew he had done something great musically and was once again at peace.

I could cite many examples of music creating change at both a personal and international level, but perhaps another day. Consider this my attempt at brevity.

Has music changed your world?

Posted by Carman


  1. Of course, this speaks to me ... always felt my ministry was music and still, in my senior years am enjoying it as much, or more than throughout my life. Mary Mitchell and I have been playing piano duets and organ/piano here in the Valley .... at the RV Park for their church services and Talent Shows, and at the McAllen congregation. We bring ministry and also are ministered to through the varieties of music we are able to share. We have introduced many of the new hymns that may be included in the new hymnal ..... many tunes are familiar but the texts are new and contemporary for our culture. God bless you, Carman, as you appreciate music and share your Blog !! Ann

  2. Thank you Ann, for your kind comments and prayers. I am glad to hear you and Mary are enjoying the music there in Texas. I bet you have a great time playing and singing together. Enjoy!

    By the way, you missed a small but persistent snow storm yesterday; the first we've had in weeks. Thought you'd like to know. :)



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