Random Musings

It All Boils Down to Time & Chance 

Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not for the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill, BUT TIME AND CHANCE HAPPENETH TO THEM ALL."

As society worldwide pushes into some form of normalcy out of the pandemic, I find myself asking why normal is so important.  Was normal good for you?

In the normal world, I see a lot of people with the skill to do a job but can't get a job.  In the normal world, I see a lot of wise people who struggle to find food and drink.  In the normal world, I see a lot of strong people losing battles.  In the normal world, I see a lot of fast people losing races.  In the normal world, I see time and chance being the biggest reason a small few can somewhat say they are happy and successful.  So why is getting back to normal so important?

Pandemic Marches Humanity Closer to Mark of the Beast 

My wife is immune-compromised and some in my family have had to deal with COVID.  I am stressed out and have been enduring many hardships as have many of you as a result of the pandemic.  These are indeed stressful times for everyone.

The pandemic has also caused sharp opinions and divisions among people.  I had a conversation today with someone who wanted to know if I thought the COVID-vaccine was the Mark of the Beast as described in Revelation 13:15-18.  I said no, but I affirmed his astuteness.

I do believe the pandemic marches us closer to the worldwide acceptance of the Mark of the Beast as described in the Bible.  It is widely accepted that this pandemic has influenced advances in touchless technology that would've needed decades to attain.  And this pandemic has certainly influenced humanity to be more touchless, more dependent on governments and more compromising of personal freedoms.  This obviously is not good.

Be encouraged that these are all signs that Jesus will return soon.  IF you do not believe in Jesus Christ and His Salvation, then I hope you pray and ask God for it (read Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 10:9-10).

I Make Noise 

One of my favorite Scripture passages is Psalm 100.  When it comes to Sound Design and Composing, I am forever grateful.  I know how important Sound is, how influential and inspiring it can be.  I sometimes question why I love making dark sounds so much and the juxtaposition is stressful in light of this passage.  I am at peace with the struggle and feel a Divine purpose.  I continue to do what I do in this Light and am grateful.

1. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

3. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. 

4. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. 

5. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.


All Lives Matter 

Black Lives Matter.  Red Lives Matter.  Yellow Lives Matter.  White Lives Matter.  Have I left anyone out?  WE ALL MATTER.  Do not listen to the rich and famous.  They are speaking from a context that does not relate to us... THE COMMON PEOPLE.

The issue isn't color.  The issue is Light.  We cannot have color without Light.  Those who walk in darkness cannot see Truth... they only see color.  They are not speaking the Truth.  The Truth comes from the Light, not from color.  Those who walk in the Light (1 John 1:5-7) are not racists.  Those who walk in the Light love all colors.  Those who walk in the Light love all people and there is no racism.

So the real issue here is Spiritual (Ephesians 6:12, John 3:16, 17).  The systemic problem of racism exists because the system is flawed and corrupted by the darkness.  When this Spiritual war reaches its conclusion, we of all skin colors will be together in harmony forever (John 14:1-6).

Sound and Movement 

Is sound nothing but light slowed down?  From a Theological standpoint, God is Light (John 8:12, 1 John 1:5).  So if Light slows down, you can hear it?  Or, you can hear God?  I enjoy the sounds in my songmaking and composing.  I don't like all the sounds, but I'm very curious to listen.  Music can incorporate all kinds of sounds from all kinds of instruments.  Arrange these sounds and you can create movement.  Movement causes friction.  The movement is beautiful to me, maybe more than the actual sound.  The movement can create some very interesting songs and underscores.  Some of this movement is not good.  It takes my thoughts to unhealthy places.  Some movement is very good and takes my thoughts to very healthy places.  How does God control the movement to continue to be all-good?  A very powerful thought to me.  As a composer, when I put this sonic movement to a character who is bad or a character who is good, or to any scene, I am forever learning the infinite variations of movement in the process.  Some scenes or characters need no sound, and the Light to see them is enough for me.