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Discussion: Just because a law gets passed does not mean that it is right or that we are progressing. Our Lord's laws take precedence over man's laws. That does not mean that I am old fashioned. I am concerned about the way the world is going. His sacred laws are cast in everlasting time. They are not outdated. His sacred laws and his spiritual correctness precede political correctness. Today, evil does not come cloaked with horns and fire. It is trickier and deceiving. In many areas, opinion has taken precedence over the Truth. So the truth has been compromised. We are to stay awake.

posted by Pam Nori on 02/07/2018

Matter, Sound and Vibration Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Matter, Sound and Vibration

All matter and sound have vibration. A desk, a living plant and a word have
vibrations. When we speak, the spoken word can have a tremendous effect. The power
of a word is positive or negative. It is one thing for a word to be in the mind as a thought,
but once it is released, it has power. For example it can be a blessing or a curse. Words
of blessings build someone up. Words of curses can ultimately destroy a human being
without ever laying a hand on him or her.

"In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God ..." John 1:1. Ultimately, the lyrics in music
originate with words which become verses. Writing the lyrics of songs involves being
somewhat of a poet expressing thoughts and ideas, painting a picture with words, using
words to express emotions and to emit emotions or thoughts from listeners.

Sometimes we listen to music with the intention to resonate with how we are
presently feeling, to change our mood, to uplift our spirits, or to take us away into a
different realm.

Lyrics that express negative feelings can attract the listener who is resonating with
a similar negative vibration due to life's hurts, anger, frustrations, struggles or
disappointments. Because the listener is resonating with the negative vibration of the
song, he or she can "groove" with the music. A person who is not resonating with any of
the above emotions may turn the music off and look for a song which resonates with his
or her interests or feelings.

The question arises; why do people like certain types of music? There are many
genres: Jazz, Country, Rock, Reggae, Pop, R&B, Inspirational etc. Music is
vibration. Each genre has a distinctive vibration which sets it apart from other genres and
makes it identifiable. Some people do not like listening to country; others love country;
others love listening to music that is "busy", and others only listen to easy listening
music. It is a matter of preference. Listeners identify with a certain vibration that a song
emits. Words can be positive or negative. Once words are released from thought to
being expressed, they have power. The choice of words is important in song writing.
Words are an important contribution to the vibration of a song; a vibration in which
listeners either resonate with or have a desire to resonate with.

posted by Pam Nori on 06/04/2016

Listening for "Hooks" in the Grocery Store Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Creativity is a force of life which drives new understandings and new expressions. The understandings can be scientific, philosophical, academic, mechanical and applied. The expressions can be artistic, written or musical.

The musical indie artist needs to have creative abilities in several areas that would parallel the departments that record companies have. They need to have expertise or access to people who have expertise in music, logistics and promotion. This includes: photography for cover arts for singles or albums, computer skills for powerpoint or action videos, access to a good videographer, social networking skills, marketing and promotional skills, access to good musicians, recording studios and digital music distribution companies. The list goes on. Independent is what the musical indie artist is.

When wearing all of these hats, the indie artist can not lose site of one important ingredient of a song. That is the "hook"; the catchy, memorable, lyric line or lines, melody or rhythm that stays in people's minds and is often the key ingredient to a hit song. The hook is often repeated in the song and so the repetition also helps listeners to remember it.

A great exercise for developing hooks for songs is to listen for them in other songs and to watch how they impact people. The following is a suggestion. When you go grocery shopping or frequent a store which is playing streamed music or music from a radio station, listen for hooks. When I go grocery shopping I often hear "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's. "Oh what you do to me" stands out. It can stop me in my tracks as I reach for a product on a shelf and fill me with an emotion. That's what successful hooks do.

I recently walked into Dollarama and I heard a woman in the next aisle singing along with "I'm without your kisses. I'll be needing stitches" from Shawn Mendes "Stitches" song. You know a hook is a successful hook when people not only sing the line but dance to it as well especially in a store. The lyrics, the melody and the rhythm motivate people to express the hook for themselves.

"Born in the U.S.A. I was born in the U.S.A. I was born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A. now." Bruce Springstein's lyrics are repeated in his song and then he leaves the lyrics out near the end of the song where the melody and rhythm stand alone. And yes, listeners fill the lines in themselves by singing the hook. I would consider Bruce's hook to be an anthem hook-a hook which is rousing and uplifting and identifies with a particular group.

There have been so many powerful hooks throughout the years which have propelled the songs to become hit songs. Here are some examples:

Beatles: "Here comes the sun Here comes the sun and I say, It's all right" in "Here Comes the Sun" "

Simon and Garfunkel "I am a rock. I am an island" from "I Am A Rock"

Bee Gees "And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive ah, ha, ha ha stayin' alive...."from "Stayin Alive"

David Bowie and Queen "Under pressure" from "Under Pressure."

Tina Turner "What's love got to do with it" from "What's Love Got To Do With It"

Micheal Jackson " Beat it, Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it" from "Beat It"

U2 "But I still haven't found what I'm looking for" from "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

In conclusion, creativity is the means which drives musicians. If music is one of your passions, then you will not be able to put it down. It is part of you; it runs through your blood and needs to be expressed. Undoubtedly, hooks are an important ingredient of songs. Since grocery stores, automotive stores, department stores and the like have streamed music or music from radio stations playing, we can listen to this music while we are out doing chores. We can watch and listen for our own reactions to hooks and watch and listen to the reactions of others in the store. This also keeps us focused on an important part of our role as a musical indie artist and that is to create songs which are expressions of our own thoughts and emotions and which can resonate with and elicit emotions from our listeners.

posted by Pam Nori on 05/19/2016

Prayer Warriors Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

St. Thomas Aquinas said "all have to wage spiritual combat with our invisible enemies." Being prayerful helps us to become prayer warriors. We need more prayer warriors in the world today. I remember when I would visit a doctor's office as a child. Immigrant women who spoke very little English sat in the waiting room and all would be saying their rosaries while they waited. What an incredible sight! We need more prayer warriors today in the world to offset the evil that is in the world.

Songs and music are mediums which reach people. Songs with a Christian message can be effective in helping bring others closer to Jesus. Christian musicians and songwriters are a type of prayer warrior in today's world. Alot of their songs are similar to the prayers or psalms that the ancient Hebrews sang to God asking him for help or praising his works or thanking him. Christian songwriters help to spread the Good News.

posted by Pam Nori on 04/06/2015

A Calling to be "Fishers of Men" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Jesus of Nazareth

Several thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth stood on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and called out to some fishermen.

The fishermen were washing their nets when Jesus asked Simon to take him out in his boat. Jesus then sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he finished speaking, he asked Simon to place his net into the water to catch some fish. Simon told Jesus that he had been trying to catch fish all night and that he was not successful. Simon said that he would do as Jesus asked. When Simon put out his nets, he caught so many fish that his nets began to tear and he called to his fiends in another boat to help fill their boat with fish.

Simon and his friends were amazed at what had taken place. Simon said, "Leave me, Lord: I am a sinful man." Jesus then replied to Simon "Do not be afraid: from now on it is people you will be catching." The fishermen then brought their boats to shore and left everything and followed Jesus Luke 5:1-11; Mat. 4:18-22.

Fishers of Men

Can you imagine leaving your livelihood, your trade as a fisherman, your boats and nets and following a man whom you had just met? Simon and his friends had heard Jesus speak to the crowds on shore and had watched Jesus create a miracle of the many fish that were caught that day.

They were asked to go with him and "catch people" instead. Simon and his friends were open and willing to Jesus' requests. They followed Jesus on his journey and became "fishers of men."

Today, the Sea of Galilee is very different from what it was in Jesus' time and so is the milieu of our present time period. Regardless of these changes, this is the hour. Song writers and musicians who create Christian songs and music are being called to be "fishers of men" and to reach people with their music.

Today the Sea of Galilee has Less Water and Less Fish

The Sea of Galilee is Israel's largest fresh water reservoir and is the main source of the country's drinking water. The water level of the lake has dropped sharply and there is less fish and less fishermen. Israel has experienced a drought due to low rainfall and dry winters. There has also been more demand for water. The low water levels have stressed the lake's ecology adversely affecting the flora and fauna. The lake has also been over fished. The sea of Galilee is also under threat to becoming more salinized by the salt water springs which are under the lake. These springs are under control when there is fresh water over them.

The Israeli government has made changes to its water management policy. The government desires to stabilize the lake's ecological health. It has invested in several desalination plants to convert sea water for everyday use. The government is recycling waste water for agricultural use and reducing the need to pump water from the Sea of Galilee.

Today's Drought

When Jesus walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the water levels were higher and there was plenty of fish and fishermen. Today, songwriters and musicians who create Christian songs and music are called to be "fishers of men" in the spiritual drought that the world is facing. The spiritual drought can be witnessed in so many areas of life; disrespect for the sacredness of life with abortion and euthanasia and the following of public opinion rather than the Truth which is God's word which does not change. We are called to fish for people with our music and we are to ask Jesus to lead and guide us on our journey.

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posted by Pam Nori on 12/19/2014

Christian Raps: Life Stories from the Heart Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Many of the Christian rappers have a life story to tell. Some have come from very supportive families and healthy lifestyles while others have experienced trials which have been harsh and painful. The rappers who have gone through difficult trials, eventually bottom out and only when they bottom out are they able to rise again to tell their stories but this time with love in their hearts for Jesus our Saviour.


My research indicates that those who have gone through difficult times have experienced some or many of the following life trials. (However, not all Christian rappers have experienced the harsh lifestyles.) Some speak of growing up in poverty, of moving from house to house, and being surrounded by a lot of turmoil, neglect, and fighting in the family and not fitting in at school. Some feel messed up and candidly admit that the pain leads to chips on their shoulders, arrogance or depression. They admit to making a lot of bad decisions, getting into drugs, alcohol, thrill seeking, gangs, trouble with the law, and being thrown out of the house. They start living their lives any way they want without any structure in a state of pure rebellion. Relatives and friends reach out to them but they do not want to change. They do not want to hear what they have to say. They may recognize their stubbornness but decide to ignore the stretched out hands.

The Healing Begins

Some rappers eventually bottom out and the shock to their systems manifests as a strong wake up call for change. Several Christian rappers experienced car accidents, deaths in the family and severe depression. The Christian rappers who have gone through a wake up call, speak of being open to changing their lives for the better. Our Lord, through the Holy Spirit, reaches out to them through different people and when they finally let him in, they recognize that he has always been there for them and that the love he has for them is overwhelming. The healing then begins to take place.

The Holy Spirit is so motivating within them that they want to tell the world their stories so that others can be helped especially those who are taking a destructive path. Their attitudes and personalities change. They seek our Lord's Peace - something they recognize that does not exist in the worldly things or pleasures they once sought.

The lyrics of their raps pour out of raw and opened wounds and express pain, sorrow, regrets, the seeking of forgiveness, love and Peace of our Lord and encouragement for others.

Examples of Lyrics of Christian Rappers

I Want to Tell Ya by Errol Lee, 2001

"I was so confused, I fell a long way down, I hit rock bottom, And no one was around, So alone what could I do, I prayed to God you know He pulled me through....."

Take Me As I Am, by Lecrae, 2005

"...they tell me come as I am; but I smell like smoke; my whole life is full of sin cause it's all I know.... I thought first I had to clean up my life; now I'm here and I just gotta cling to the light; I'm ready to do it but, I pray you understand; my life is a mess, will you take me as I am."

Lord Have Mercy, Gravity by Lecrae, 2012

"Lord have mercy and pity on your son, From what I once was to what I have become, Lord have mercy , Lord have mercy and pity on your son...."

No Worries , Between Two Worlds by Trip Lee, 2010

"..... Can't lie, that I'm a still be sinning 'til the day I die, But I'm also fighting like a titan tryna stay alive, Sin brings death to me, Jesus is my way to God, I'm going down if He ain't around, like Mary J. describes (yes Sir), I feel peace cause Jesus, He intercedes, Earned death from my Daddy, my sin is in His decease, Cast away, it was placed on the sinless, He intervened, Got no worries on my brain, I'm singing it in the streets."

Anomaly, Weight and Glory by KB, 2012

"God is still there regardless if you think he isn't, Like jail doesn't disappear 'cause you stop believin' in prison..... They ain't hearing me, they don't sense this urgency, Think you got time, you's a flat tire from eternity....."

War of the Minds, Rewind by Flame, 2005

"...For every tear that you cry for all of the wars in your mind and the fears that you hide know that He's there know that He's walking with you, I know that it's hard to press on when the nights seem so long remember his word is your hope so know that He cares know that He's walking with you...."

In the Christian raps , the rappers come to a realization. Through their trials and suffering, they recognize that the suffering they personally went through was minimal compared to what Jesus suffered for their and everyone's behalf. They reach out to others through their lyrics. The Christian rappers want others to see the urgency of turning their lives around and changing them for the better. In essence, they help our Lord gather his sheep. They are my HEROs.

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posted by Pam Nori on 12/15/2014