Monday, June 26, 2006

Play it Again and Again and Again...

If you were being isolated on an abandoned island and forced to listen to the same music over and over and over again, what song would you choose? (Anyone who would choose a rap song at this point clearly has some deep-seeded masochistic tendencies :-). For me the question is quickly and simply answered, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in D minor. Without a doubt it would serve as the best, most-inspiring, most-comforting, and most-invigorating music I could have. I was reminded again of my affection for The Ninth as my wife and I traveled to Chicago for the New Life Bible Conference. Next to my wife and my Bible, Beethoven's Ninth is my favorite traveling companion. Those who have an appreciation for such incomparable music would understand my sentiments. I would argue that Beethoven's glorious Ninth Symphony is the greatest piece of human inspired music ever penned (I am not alone in this assessment, by the way).
The symphony was first presented on the evening of May 7, 1824 in the city of Vienna, Austria. It had been a much anticipated production. Beethoven was a senior citizen by 19th century standards and had not performed an orchestral academy in 10 years. Though he was widely regarded as the greatest composer in the known world, Beethoven was anxious about the performance and wondered if it would be received well enough to pay the overhead cost. Yet, from that night forward, the world of music would never be the same.
As Beethoven co-lead the orchestra and set the tempo, the audience frequently broke forth in rapturous applause. One eyewitness wrote: “Never in my life did I hear such frenetic and yet cordial applause.” In fact, the symphony was interrupted no less than four times by the audience’s exuberance.
And yet for all of the thunderous applauding, Beethoven was unmoved. You see, by this time in his life he was completely deaf. In fact one of the young soloist had to gently grab him by the arm and point him around to the audience, that he might see them applauding so voraciously, “Well done!, Maestro. Well done!" Completely deaf, Beethoven composed and conducted the greatest musicompositioniton ever conceived by human mind and heart.
Beethoven's Ninth has served as the inspiration and backdrop to much in Popular History. It has been the inspiration of music and musicians from classical to rap, from country to jazz. Its influence has almost been unparalleled, including serving as the score for countless movies and television shows and commercials. Besides, if you have heard the hymn, Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee you have heard part of the 4th Movement of the Ninth symphony. Once you hear it played rightly, you never forget it.
Lastly, the length of the modern CD was initially developed at 75 minutes because those who invented the CD wanted to make sure Beethoven's 9th could fit on it. I can think of some great music that has found its way onto compact disc, but none greater than Beethoven's ninth. Apparently those who created the CD in the first place, echo my sentiments. So send me to an island, and if I get to take the 9th with me, I would say, "Play it again and again and again...." What would you request?

11 comments:

FellowElder said...

Didn't know you dig on the classical joints. I'm impressed with your versatility, bro. ;-)

I hope you'll do a post on the New Life conference for those of us who wanted to be there but couldn't.

Thabiti

Anonymous said...

I will make it a point to check out Mr B's 9th.

It should be noted however, that not all rap is crap - case in point below:

http://www.lampmode.com/solus.htm

ajcarter said...

Indeed, my anonymous friend, all rap is not crap, it may well fill the gap for those who would otherwise be trapped by this world and it's seducing sap :-).

Your reference to lampmode.com is a good one.

If I were inclined to spend anytime listening to Christian rap lines, Shai Linne's would be the music I'd have in mind.

curtlove said...

Brother Carter,
Good to see you amde it home safely. Again the conference was outstanding.
Peace

ajcarter said...

C. Love,
Thanks my man. It was good seeing you and your family. Can't wait 'til next year. Looking forward to what God will do with you and through you in the coming year. Be encouraged my friend.

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to hearing your comments on that conference you spoke at in Chicago. I am kind of surprised you have not blogged yet, since this is one of your own "thang" type of conferences, especially since you wasted no time blogging about the TG4 conference. What's up? Did your own thang not live up to expectations?

ajcarter said...

Well my anonymous friend (who has anonymous friends anyway), maybe you should have been there. But then again, if you had been there you could no longer remain anonymous :-). Nevertheless, I do plan to blog on the conference soon. Deadlines and church and personal responsibilities have hindered my blogging on it thus far. But thanks for the reminder. Keep looking for it. There may be initial reports before you know it.

LouLove said...

Wow Brother:
Maybe your anonymous "friend" needs to know the difficulty you had getting a flight back home (cancellations) and the issue associated with your luggage. As the host, I will say it was off the hook (really good). My brothers (Carter / Burns) were used mightily by the Lord in the proclamation of His truth. The conference is growing every year as more and more folks are coming to hear Brothers (African American men) clearly and provacatively preach the Word. Each message demonstrated the awe and reverence we should have when discussing such a majestic subject. One gentleman commented the next day that he was kepted up most of the night contemplating the truth he had just heard. I did a little survey of the impact the messages were having on the attendees and the report was consistent; awe, reverence, humbled, shocked, unclothed, unmasked, left bare, feeling of ignorance, ashamed, grateful, loved by God, amazed by His grace, etc.

Yes your anonymous friend should have been there. Perhaps he/she will be available for next year's conference.

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