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Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote A SONG ABOUT LOVE sung by Lee DeWyze

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote A SONG ABOUT LOVE sung by Lee DeWyze

I used to make you cry,
But I haven’t smiled since you left.
Can you undo ‘Goodbye’,
Its a word I wish I cud forget.
You told me you love me and to try to move on.
But its hard to get up when you fall,
So I wrote a song about love but its nothing at all.
Oh, oh
It was you who took the blame,
Even though we both knew who was wrong.
Yeah I’m calling out your name,
Every time I’m singing this song.
‘Cause its over, yeah its over
You told me you love me but its time to move on.
Its hard to get up when you fall,
So I wrote a song about love but its nothing at all.
Oh, oh, oh
‘Cause its over, yeah its over
You told me you love me and to try to move on.
Its hard to get up when you fall,
So I wrote a song about love
And its sad ’cause it won’t be enough.
So I wrote a song about love but its nothing at all.
Oh
Songwriters: David Hodges / Lee Dewyze / Mike Busbee
A Song About Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote the hit song “Crush” sung by David Archuleta

David Archuleta – Crush Crush (David Archuleta song) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Crush” Single by David Archuleta from the album David Archuleta Released August 12, 2008 (See release history) Format CD single, digital download Recorded 2008 Genre Pop Length 3:33 Label Jive Writer(s) Jess Cates, David Hodges, Emanuel Kiriakou Producer Emanuel Kiriakou David Archuleta singles chronology “Crush“ (2008) “A Little Too Not Over You“ […]

 

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote the hit song “What about now” for Daughtry

Uploaded on May 11, 2011 “What About Now” is the seventh single from American rock band Daughtry’s eponymous debut album. The song is a ballad, that was written by Ben Moody, David Hodges (both former members of Evanescence), and Josh Hartzler, who is married to Amy Lee (the lead singer of Evanescence) It is one of […]

 

Little Rock Native David Hodges co-wrote the top 10 hit Evanescence song “Bring me to Life”

Evanescence – Bring Me To Life From David Hodges website: David Hodges is a Grammy award-winning writer/producer/artist hailing from Little Rock, AR. As the former writer and keyboardist of the band Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring […]

 

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote the hit song “There’s a Place for Us” sung by Carrie Underwood for the movie “The Chronicles of Narnia”

Carrie Underwood | There’s A Place For Us | Music Video Uploaded on Dec 27, 2010 Music Video of Carrie Underwood – There’s A Place For Us – The Chronicles Of Narnia – Voyage Of The Dawn Treader Soundtrack This video is created using various trailers from the film The Chronicles Of Narnia – Voyage Of The […]

 

Little Rock Native David Hodges co-wrote the hit Evanescence song “My Immortal”

Evanescence – My Immortal From David Hodges website: David Hodges is a Grammy award-winning writer/producer/artist hailing from Little Rock, AR. As the former writer and keyboardist of the band Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring Me To […]

 

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote the song “The Lonely” sung by Christina Perri and the theme music of the TV Show “Revenge”

Christina Perri- The Lonely (official music video) Distance (Christina Perri song) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Distance” Single by Christina Perri featuring Jason Mraz from the album lovestrong. Released March 20, 2012 Format Digital download Recorded 2011 Genre Pop Length 3:55 Label Atlantic Writer(s) Christina Perri, David Hodges Christina Perri singles chronology “A Thousand Years“ (2011) “Distance“ (2012) Jason Mraz singles chronology “I […]

 

Little Rock Native David Hodges co-wrote the hit Evanescence song “Going Under”

Evanescence – Going Under From David Hodges website: David Hodges is a Grammy award-winning writer/producer/artist hailing from Little Rock, AR. As the former writer and keyboardist of the band Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring Me To […]

 

Little Rock Native David Hodges co-wrote top ten hit song “Because of You” sung by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson – Because Of You From David Hodges website: David Hodges is a Grammy award-winning writer/producer/artist hailing from Little Rock, AR. As the former writer and keyboardist of the band Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring […]

 

Little Rock native David Hodges writes another #1 hit for Carrie Underwood

On June 28, 2013 Underwood was back on top with a song that Little Rock native David Hodges who graduated at Arkansas Baptist High School help write. Carrie Underwood “Sees” No. 1 Again onTop 20 By Sarah Wyland | Leave a Comment Carrie Underwood photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Carrie Underwood current single title is prophetic. She makes […]

 

Little Rock native David Hodges has song used in “Safe Haven” trailer

Christina Perri ‘Safe Haven’ Interview- New Album Coming! Published on Feb 6, 2013 http://bit.ly/ClevverMusic – Subscribe to ClevverMusic! We caught up with “Jar of Hearts” singer Christina Perri at the Safe Haven movie premiere where her song “Arms” is featured on the soundtrack. We chatted with her on the red carpet about the song, and […]

 

Little Rock native David Hodges wrote song for “Breaking Dawn Part 2″

David Hodges is a graduate of Arkansas Baptist High School in Little Rock and he co-wrote the song “A Thousand Years,”with Christina Perri. It was featured in the movie “Breaking Dawn Part 2.” David is one of the three founding members of Evanescence and he has written for Kelly Clarkson,  Celine Dion, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, […]

Katharine McPhee’s hit song co-wrote by Little Rock native David Hodges

The “American Idol” contestant-turned-actress is getting positive reviews for her role in “Smash.” The singer plays an actress who is competing for the part of Marilyn Monroe in a Broadway show. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “‘Glee’ for grownups” and Entertainment Weekly calls McPhee “mediocre” but “very likable.” Great song: Uploaded by KatharineMcPheeVEVO on Nov […]

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote song for “Breaking Dawn” movie

Little Rock native and Arkansas Baptist High School graduate David Hodges co-wrote a song for the blockbuster movie “Breaking Dawn” that comes out this Friday. Interview: Breaking Dawn’s Christina Perri Twi’s Hard, Dreams Big       By Leah Collins, Dose.ca Nov 1, 2011   More Images »   OMG. Christina Perri went from a […]

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MUSIC MONDAY: Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams

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MUSIC MONDAY Coldplay’s song EVERGLOW was inspired by Chris Martin’s love for GWYNETH PALTROW!!!

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MUSIC MONDAY “The Altantic Magazine” pans Coldplay’s new album but I disagree!!!

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MUSIC MONDAY Reviews of Coldplay’s new album

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MUSIC MONDAY Brian Welch of Korn and his Christian conversion and deliverance from drugs Part 4

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MUSIC MONDAY Brian Welch of Korn and his Christian conversion and deliverance from drugs Part 3

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MUSIC MONDAY The Staple Singers Part 5

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MUSIC MONDAY Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship

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MUSIC MONDAY George Harrison – The Last Performance (John Fugelsang) with transcript too!!!

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MUSIC MONDAY Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs

______ Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs Silly Love Songs From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For the Glee episode, see Silly Love Songs (Glee). “Silly Love Songs” German single sleeve Single by Wings from the album Wings at the Speed of Sound B-side “Cook of the House“ Released 1 April 1976 (US) 30 April 1976 (UK) […]

MUSIC MONDAY Paul McCartney’s song BAND ON THE RUN

MUSIC MONDAY Paul McCartney’s song “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)”

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MUSIC MONDAY Paul McCartney’s song “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”

______   Paul McCartney Uncle Albert Rare Studio Demo Paul McCartney; Uncle AlbertAdmiral Halsey. (RAM 1971) Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” Single by Paul and Linda McCartney from the album Ram B-side “Too Many People“ Released 2 August 1971 (US only) Format 7″ Recorded 6 November 1970 Genre Soft rock […]

MUSIC MONDAY Paul McCartney’s song COMING UP

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MUSIC MONDAY Best song on the album PIPES OF PEACE by Paul McCartney is SO BAD!!!!

_____   Paul McCartney – So Bad [High Quality] Paul McCartney – So Bad (Live – 1984) Pipes of Peace From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about the album. For the song, see Pipes of Peace (song). “The Man (song)” redirects here. For the song by Aloe Blacc, see The Man (Aloe Blacc […]

MUSIC MONDAY Take It Away (Paul McCartney song)

_____ Paul McCartney – Take It Away Paul McCartney & Wings: “Take It Away” 1980 Rehearsal Take It Away (Paul McCartney song) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Take It Away” Single by Paul McCartney from the album Tug of War B-side “I’ll Give You a Ring” (7″) “I’ll Give You a Ring” / “Dress Me Up […]

MUSIC MONDAY The most recognized LED ZEPPELIN song of all time!!!

__   Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven Live (HD) _____________ _________ Inductees: John “Bonzo” Bonham (drums; born May 31, 1948, died September 25, 1980), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards; born January 3, 1946), Jimmy Page (guitar; born January 9, 1944), Robert Plant (vocals; born August 20, 1948) Combining the visceral power and intensity of […]

MUSIC MONDAY Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick – The Flame Cheap Trick – If You Want My Love   I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick – Houston 1989 Cheap Trick From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Cheap Trick L–R: Rick Nielsen, Bun E. Carlos and Robin Zander (2009) Background information Origin Rockford, Illinois, United States Genres Rock, hard […]

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MUSIC MONDAY Nico’s sad story of drugs and her interaction with Jim Morrison

Nico’s sad story of drugs and her interaction with Jim Morrison Nico – These Days The Doors (1991) – Movie Trailer / Best Parts The Doors Movie – Back Door Man/When The Music’s Over/Arrest of Jim Morrison Uploaded on Jul 30, 2009 A clip from “The Doors” movie with “Back Door Man”, “When The Music’s […]

MUSIC MONDAY Cole Porter’s songs “De-Lovely” and “Let’s misbehave”

MUSIC MONDAY Cole Porter’s song’s “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”

________ _______ Cole Porter’s song’s “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” My Heart Belongs To Daddy Uploaded on Jun 20, 2010 Mary Martin became popular on Broadway and received attention in the national media singing “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. “Mary stopped the show with “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. With that one song in the […]

MUSIC MONDAY Cole Porter’s song “Love for Sale”

______________ Love For Sale (De-Lovely) Love for Sale (song) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (September 2008) “Love for Sale“ Written by Cole Porter Published 1930 Form […]

MUSIC MONDAY Cole Porter’s song “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”

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MUSIC MONDAY Cole Porter’s song “So in Love”

Cole Porter’s song “So in Love” __________________ So in love – De-lovely So in Love From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For the song by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, see So in Love (OMD song). For the song by Jill Scott, see So in Love (Jill Scott song). Not to be […]

MUSIC MONDAY Cole Porter’s song “Night and Day”

____________________ Cole Porter’s song “Night and Day” Cole Porter´s Day and Night by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Night and Day (song) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article […]

MUSIC MONDAY John Lennon and Bob Dylan Conversation mention Johnny Cash and his song “Big River”

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MUSIC MONDAY Eugene Monroe Bartlett, Sr. wrote the song VICTORY IN JESUS!!!!

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MUSIC MONDAY The great songs of Arkansan E. M. Bartlett (1885–1941)!!!!

  _______________ Everybody Will Be Happy Over There (Live) Published on Nov 22, 2012 Music video by Bill & Gloria Gaither performing Everybody Will Be Happy Over There (Live). (P) (C) 2012 Spring House Music Group. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by EMI Christian Music Group, Camping in […]

MUSIC MONDAY Keith Richards’ family is filled with evangelical Christians besides him!!!!

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MUSIC MONDAY 3 latest video releases from Taylor Swift!!!!

________________ Taylor Swift – Blank Space Published on Nov 10, 2014 Watch Taylor’s new video for “Blank Space”. No animals, trees, automobiles or actors were harmed in the making of this video. Taylor’s new release 1989 is Available Now on iTunes http://www.smarturl.it/TS1989. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off Published on Aug 18, 2014 Taylor’s new […]

MUSIC MONDAY Rebecca St. James Waited Until Age 33

______   Lion – Rebecca St. James Rebecca St James 1995 TBN – Everything I Do Wait for Me-Rebecca St. James Rebecca St. James Waited Until Age 33 January 1st, 2012 by WTM.org Community I want to hold out for a great love. I want to go to my wedding night knowing that he’s the […]

MUSIC MONDAY The Dennis Jernigan Story

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MUSIC MONDAY Wikipedia’s top 18 songs of the Velvet Underground and Nico

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MUSIC MONDAY All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “Sunday Morning” are two of the best songs by the Velvet Underground and Nico!!!

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MUSIC MONDAY Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship

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MUSIC MONDAY Al Hirt’s Clarinet player “Pee Wee Spitelera”

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MUSIC MONDAY: The Mysterious History of the song “Kumbaya”

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MUSIC MONDAY Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote Avril Lavigne song “Hello Heartache”

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MUSIC MONDAY Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote the Avril Lavigne song “Give you what you like”

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote the Avril Lavigne song “Give you what you like” Give You What You Like – Avril Lavigne (Sub. English-Español) Here are the lyrics: If you give me what I want Then Ill give you what you like When you turn off the lights I get stars in my eyes […]

MUSIC MONDAY ABBA and their tax policy!!!

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MUSIC MONDAY My favorite M TV videos from 1980’s

My favorite M TV videos from 1980’s All Those Years Ago – John Lennon & George Harrison Michael Jackson – Beat It (Digitally Restored Version) Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011 Music video by Michael Jackson performing Beat It. © 1982 MJJ Productions Inc. Abba – Super Trouper Naked Eyes – Always Something There Modern English […]

MUSIC MONDAY Larry’s Norman’s song SONG FOR A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS (with links to the people he is referring to)

Larry’s Norman’s song SONG FOR A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS (with links to the people he is referring to) ______________ I posted a lot in the past about my favorite Christian musicians such as Keith Green (I enjoyed reading Green’s monthly publications too), and 2nd Chapter of Acts and others. Today I wanted to talk […]

MUSIC MONDAY Larry Norman and Steve Turner on John Lennon’s spiritual quest and Jesus!!!

Larry Norman and Steve Turner on John Lennon’s spiritual quest and Jesus!!! ______________ I posted a lot in the past about my favorite Christian musicians such as Keith Green (I enjoyed reading Green’s monthly publications too), and 2nd Chapter of Acts and others. Today I wanted to talk about one of Larry Norman’s songs. David […]

MUSIC MONDAY Christian review of songs about God by R.E.M., Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Madonna, and Lauryn Hill

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MUSIC MONDAY Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote SPIDERWEB sung by Haley Reinhart

Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote SPIDERWEB sung by Haley Reinhart

Edited by Welll Azvdo 4 months ago

[Verse 1:] Open your eyes Chandeliers are going to light the way Take a step inside the masquerade I know that it’s late But we’re just getting started here Soon the mystery will all be clear [Pre-Chorus:] I’ll give you a taste One drop will erase All your defenses [Chorus:] Come in just a little bit closer now You know that you want me ta take you down I’m the thrill that you can’t escape There’s no way out So don’t you forget, you’re caught my spiderweb [Verse 2:] You think that you know What your body’s getting into But nobody’s here to save you It’s been awhile Since I tapped into my appetite But the hunger’s coming back toright [Pre-Chorus:] The more that you fight The more that you’re mine I’ll keep you forever [Chorus:] Come in just a little bit closer now You know that you want me ta take you down I’m the thrill that you can’t escape There’s no way out So don’t you forget, you’re caught my spiderweb [Bridge:] You don’t know it yet But you might regret The moment we met You’re caught in my spiderweb You don’t know it yet But you might regret The moment we met You’re caught in my spiderweb You don’t know it yet But you might regret The moment we met You’re caught in my spiderweb [Chorus:] Come in just a little bit closer now You know that you want me ta take you down I’m the thrill that you can’t escape There’s no way out So don’t you forget, there’s no way out of this You’re caught my spiderweb

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David Archuleta – Crush Crush (David Archuleta song) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Crush” Single by David Archuleta from the album David Archuleta Released August 12, 2008 (See release history) Format CD single, digital download Recorded 2008 Genre Pop Length 3:33 Label Jive Writer(s) Jess Cates, David Hodges, Emanuel Kiriakou Producer Emanuel Kiriakou David Archuleta singles chronology “Crush“ (2008) “A Little Too Not Over You“ […]

 

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Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote LOVE IS BLIND sung by 

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Hurricane (Nick Fradiani album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hurricane
HurricaneAlbumCover.jpg
Studio album by Nick Fradiani
Released August 5, 2016
Recorded 2015-16
Genre PopPop rockSoft rock
Length 39:34
Label
Producer
Singles from Hurricane
  1. “Get You Home”
    Released: March 11, 2016
  2. “All on You”
    Released: August 8, 2016

Hurricane is the debut studio album by American Idol season 14 winner Nick Fradiani. It was released on August 5, 2016, through Big Machine Records.

Background[edit]

Following Fradiani’s Idol win, his label offered a non-target PledgeMusic campaign for pre-orders and merchandise sales.[1] During the six weeks before the start of the American Idols LIVE! tour, Fradiani played a number of radio-sponsored concerts, and worked on new songs with writers including Paul Doucette. In September, following the end of the tour, work on the new album intensified.[2] On May 5, 2016, Fradiani revealed the album’s release date and title Hurricane, named after a track co-written with Jason Mraz and with Fradiani’s Beach Avenue guitarist, Nick Abraham.[3]Starting in late May 2016, Fradiani released snippets of the recorded versions of various songs from the album, sometimes accompanied by “behind the songs” videos.

Singles[edit]

The album’s lead single “Get You Home” was released on March 11, 2016.[4] A video was shot on March 29 in Chicago,[5] at Virgin Hotels Chicago, with model Michelle Hicks as the female lead.[6] It was directed by Erik White and used real hotel guests as extras.[7] Released on May 19, 2016, the video shows Fradiani having a “cat and mouse game” encounter, starting at the hotel’s bar with a beautiful woman who appears to have no scruples, leading to a steamy night at the hotel and a surprise resolution.[8]

A second single, “All On You,” was released on August 5, 2016. On December 15, Billboard provided the exclusive premiere of a stark, black-and-white performance video for the song, shot at New Haven’s historic Lyric Hall by Ryan Zipp.[9] A video for the album’s third single, “Love Is Blind,” was released on January 23, 2017, and features Fradiani surprising a real-life bride and groom for their first dance as a married couple.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producers Length
1. “Every Day”
Westerlund 3:30
2. “Nothing to Lose”
Westerlund 3:22
3. “In the Long Run”
Bettis 2:53
4. “Forget2ForgetU”
Schmidt 2:41
5. “Get You Home”
  • Fradiani
  • Sipe
  • Matt Dike
  • Jaden Michaels
  • Ross Mike
  • Matt Parad
  • Luther Rabb
  • Jim Walters
  • Ryan Williamson
  • Marvin Young
Rykeyz 3:11
6. “Howl at the Moon”
Kadish 2:39
7. “Nobody”
  • Fradiani
  • Schmidt
  • Calynn Green
  • Zach Lockwood
Schmidt 3:46
8. “Love Is Blind”
  • Schmidt
  • Hodges
3:09
9. “All on You”
Schmidt 3:06
10. “Hurricane”
  • Fradiani
  • Nick Abraham
  • Jason Mraz
  • Michael Natter
  • Nany Natter
Schmidt 3:17
11. “If I Didn’t Know You”
Fradiani 4:29
12. Beautiful Life
Julian Raymond 3:28

Chart positions[edit]

The album debuted at 121 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 5,000 copies, making it lowest debut from an American Idol winner’s first album.[11] It also ranked as #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.[12]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 121

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Formats
United States August 5, 2016

References[edit]

 

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MUSIC MONDAY Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote “Gettin’ In The Way” sung by Keith Urban

 

Keith Urban – Gettin’ In The Way

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“Gettin’ In The Way”

Moonlight, it’s gotta be close to midnight
Where did it go
All the time, all the friends left waiting
Never made it ‘cause we kept making out

In the driveway, who would’ve thought in the driveway
That we would get lost
In that dashboard radio static
Makin’ our own kind of magic

Oooo, oh, I said, thirty more minutes, thirty minutes ago
Oooo, oh, but we’re still right here and you already know that

I should leave, put the car in drive babe
But your kiss keeps tellin’ me to stay
Yeah, your lips keep gettin’ in the way
You know we should’ve called it a night, babe
But goodbye’s something I can’t say
Yeah, your lips keep gettin’ in the way (gettin’ in the way)

Windows, we already fogged up the windows
We’re writing our names on the glass
As the clock keeps ticking
Sun’ll be up any minute

Oooo, oh, I said, thirty more minutes, thirty minutes ago
Oooo, oh, but we’re still right here and you already know that

I should leave, put the car in drive babe
But your kiss keeps tellin’ me to stay
Yeah, your lips keep gettin’ in the way
You know we should’ve called it a night, babe
But goodbye’s something I can’t say
Yeah, your lips keep gettin’ in the way (gettin’ in the way)

‘Cause goodbye’s something I, something I can’t say
Yeah, your lips keep, keep
Gettin’ in the way

I should leave, put the car in drive babe
But your kiss keeps tellin’ me to stay
Yeah, your lips keep gettin’ in the way
You know we should’ve called it a night, babe
But goodbye’s something I can’t say
Yeah, your lips keep gettin’ in the way (gettin’ in the way)

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Little Rock native David Hodges co-wrote LET IT GO by Avril Lavigne

Love that once hung on the wall
Used to mean something, but now it means nothing
The echoes are gone in the hall
But I still remember, the pain of December
Oh, there isn’t one thing left you could say
I’m sorry it’s too late
I’m breaking free from these memories
Gotta let it go, just let it go
I’ve said goodbye
Set it all on fire
Gotta let it go, just let it go
You came back to find I was gone
And that place is empty, like the hole that was left in me
Like we were nothing at all
It’s not that you meant to me
Thought we were meant to be
Oh, there isn’t one thing left you could say
I’m sorry it’s too late
I’m breaking free from these memories
Gotta let it go, just let it go
I’ve said goodbye
Set it all on fire
Gotta let it go, just let it go
I let

Let Me Go (Avril Lavigne song)

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“Let Me Go”
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Single by Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger
from the album Avril Lavigne
Released 15 October 2013
Format
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:29 (Album Version)
3:57 (Radio Edit)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Chad Kroeger
  • David Hodges
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
Rock n Roll
(2013)
Let Me Go
(2013)
Hello Kitty
(2014)
Chad Kroeger singles chronology
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(2010)
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(2013)
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Let Me Go” is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Avril Lavigne and Canadian rock band Nickelback lead vocalist Chad Kroeger for Lavigne’s self-titled fifth studio album. It was written by Lavigne, Kroeger and David Hodges. The song was released on 15 October 2013, by Epic Records, as the third single of Avril Lavigne. It is Lavigne’s first single to feature a guest performer.

Critics gave the piano-driven power ballad mixed reviews, with some calling it “a monster duet”, and others criticizing Kroeger’s vocals and his involvement in the track.

A music video was released on 15 October 2013, and it shows Lavigne roaming the halls of an abandoned mansion, with Kroeger’s appearance being channeled through an elderly yardman, only to be seen as his true self through mirrored and tablet-assisted images. The song debuted at number 37 on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart and at number 78 on Billboard Hot 100. It has also debuted and peaked at number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100, after charting in three airplay formats and debuting at number 7 on the Canadian Digital Songs chart. The music video has reached over 100 million views on Vevo as of October 2016.

Background and release[edit]

“Let Me Go” was released as the third single from Lavigne’s self-titled fifth studio album on 15 October 2013,[1][2] after the release of the first two singles, “Here’s to Never Growing Up” and “Rock N Roll“. Lavigne described it as a piano ballad and one of her favorite songs from Avril Lavigne. “Let Me Go” features vocals from Lavigne’s husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger,[1] whom she married in July 2013.[3] The song was first written in March 2013 and was originally going to be about letting go of someone, but after Lavigne’s and Kroeger’s relationship started growing, they rewrote the last chorus to reflect it.[4]

The song premiered on 8 October 2013, 8:30 AM (PST) at KBIG 1043 MYfm[5] and has been released on the iTunes Store a week later on 15 October 2013.[2][6]

Composition[edit]

“We started off [in March 2012] just getting to know each other, and then we really bonded through music,” Lavigne said. “We became really good friends and then things blossomed. The effect was very natural.”

— Avril Lavigne talking about working with Chad Kroeger.[7]

“Let Me Go” was written by Avril LavigneChad Kroeger and David Hodges, with production being handled by Kroeger, who also provided guest vocals, and Hodges. It is a “piano-tinged” pop rock ballad.[8] Carl Williott of Idolator highlighting “the most obnoxious aspects of Avril’s snotty pop and Chad’s rock-by-numbers mookery can breathe a sigh of relief.”[9] Its instrumentation features a piano, a string section, an acoustic drum kit, and electric guitars and bass. The song starts with Lavigne beginning in a relationship that’s clearly past its prime, “I’m breaking free from these memories/ Gotta let it go, just let it go/ I’ve said goodbye, set it all on fire,”. Chad’s verse, “You came back to find I was gone / And that place is empty, like the hole that was left in me”,[10] brings a turn to the lyric’s meanings. Now, the act of letting go of memories carries the promise of another beginning.[11]

Lavigne’s husband Chad Kroeger (pictured), is the co-writer, producer, and is featured on the track.

The song was written on the first day Lavigne started working with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger on songwriting for her fifth album. They sat with writer and producer David Hodges (ex-Evanescence) and penned “Let Me Go”. Ironically, the song started out as a breakup song. “It was about letting go of someone and having them let go of you,” Lavigne told Yahoo Music. After the song was finished, Kroeger and Lavigne did the very opposite of letting go: They continued to work together, and soon they discovered their chemistry was more than musical.[7] After becoming a couple, the two continued to write and record together in the studio, with Kroeger co-writing 10 of 13 songs. But when the couple looked back at the first song they did together, “Let Me Go,” they decided the lyrical theme was no longer appropriate. “After we were together we were both like, ‘Okay, we’re engaged and our duet together is a breakup song.'” Lavigne said. “It was kind of fucked up. So we changed it. We rewrote the last chorus to put a twist on it so we end up together. Therefore the message of the song is more the journey of love through one’s life. Obviously I’ve been in other relationships. So it’s like going from one stage in one love into finding the right one. It’s kind of sweet.”[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received mixed reviews. Critics overall praised the lyrics and Lavigne’s performance, but criticized Kroger’s vocals and his seemingly “unnecessary” appearance. Cornelius Vernon-Boase of Soundscape Magazine wrote the song “is a slower song and has a rock ballad feel with a powerful chorus,” praising Chad’s vocals, writing that “they add nicely to the song with his huskiness that gives it the raw powerful feeling.” Vernon-Boase gave the song a positive review, considering it one of the album’s stand out tracks.[12] Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly called the song, “a monster duet”, “which might be deeply weird because it is newlyweds singing what seems to be a breakup ballad, or might be completely unremarkable because it sounds like a Nickleback song.”[13] John Walker of MTV Buzzworthy wrote the song, “offers all the emotional guidance you may need in a fragile post-breakup state.”[11] Joseph Apodoca of On the Record Carpet wrote that the song “is reminiscent of many of Lavigne’s biggest power ballad hits, including ‘Losing Grip,’ ‘Nobody’s Home‘ and ‘Keep Holding On‘.”[10] Elliot Robinson of So So Gay wrote that in “Let Me Go”, is where Kroeger’s musical stylings are most noticeably felt,” calling “infectious yet truculent pop-rock and earnest balladeering.”[14]

While reviewing the album, Jason Lipshut of Billboard Magazine analyzed that the song “is thoroughly dramatic after four carefree tracks on the album, and while the voice don’t blend perfectly, the duet is strong enough to avoid sounding forced or cobbled together.”[15] However, Dan Reilly, also from Billboard named the song to be one of the “20 best love songs by real-life couples.”[16] Nathan Jolly of The Music Network praised Lavigne’s vocals, writing that, “she delivers a vocal performance that reminds us that she can belt with the best of them,” while saying that Kroeger, “as usual, is so awash in effects that he sounds like an underwater Vedder-bot.” Jolly continued to say that the song was a “big, brooding, Evanescence-esque power ballad will be impossible for radio programmers to ignore.”[17] Sputnikmusics staff called the song “a ‘mandatory’ collaboration”, writing that the song looks like a Nickelback song, that “could have gone a whole lot worse, but is still an overlong, overdramatic song that never needed to be created in the first place.”[18] Feminist website Jezebel, called it “as torturous as you could possibly imagine.”[19] Jamie Parmenter of Renowned for Sound was critical of the duet, because “it sounds entirely like a Chad Kroeger song, and not a very good one.”[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

North America[edit]

On 21 October 2013, Billboard revealed that the song had debuted at number 37 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.[21] It eventually peaked at number 20 on the chart.[22]It also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 78,[23] beating “Rock N Roll“‘s peak position of number 91. “Let Me Go” performed better on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, becoming her best-performing single since the lead single from her fourth album Goodbye Lullaby, “What the Hell” (2011) and Lavigne’s highest chart debut at number 12, which is where it peaked. It stayed in this position on the chart for three non-consecutive weeks.[23] “Let Me Go” also debuted and peaked at number 7 on the Hot Canadian Digital Songs chart.[24] It was eventually certified gold in the country in December 2013.[25]

Europe[edit]

Elsewhere, “Let Me Go” charted very moderately. In Austria, the song debuted at number 63, on 1 November 2013, before re-enter three non-consecutive times, with the last time peaking at number 32, on 31 January 2014.[26] The song became her highest charting-single since “What the Hell” (2011) and the best charting-single from the album.[26] In the United Kingdom, “Let Me Go” managed to peak at number 66, but it was never released as single there.[27] In France, “Let Me Go” became Lavigne’s lowest-charting single of her career.[28] Worldwide, “Let Me Go” has sold over 500.000 copies

Music video[edit]

The music video for “Let Me Go” was directed by Christopher Sims and premiered on Lavigne’s official channel on YouTube on 15 October 2013. It starts off showing an old man (played by Herman Sinitzyn)[29] sweeping leaves outside a mansion, before the music kicks in. The clip shows Lavigne representing a ghost of a pianist, alone in the (presumably now empty) mansion without lighting and with covered furniture, attempting to get in touch with the man she loved. This man is revealed to be the old man from the beginning, who is played by Kroeger in flashbacks to his younger self.[10] The two appear together during the song’s final chorus.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[30]
  1. “Let Me Go” – 4:27
Taiwan CD single[31]
  1. “Let Me Go” (Radio Edit) – 3:57
  2. “Let Me Go” (Main Version) – 4:27
  3. “Let Me Go” (Instrumental) – 4:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[32] 77
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[26] 32
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[33] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[34] 16
Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100)[35][36] 52
Brazil Hot Pop Songs[35] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[37] 12
Canada AC (Billboard)[38] 6
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[39] 24
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[40] 12
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[41] 8
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[42] 94
France (SNEP)[28] 168
Germany (Official German Charts)[43] 63
Scottish Singles Chart[44] 54
South Korea (Gaon International Digital Chart)[45] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 63
Taiwan (Five Music Western Chart)[47] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[48] 78
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 20
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[49] 36

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[50] Gold 40,000^
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Italy October 11, 2013 Contemporary hit radio[51] Sony Music
Worldwide[6] October 15, 2013 Digital download Sony Music, Epic Records
Taiwan[31] December 27, 2013 CD single Sony Music

Awards[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2016 VEVOCertified Awards 100.000.000 views Won

References[edit]

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  2. Jump up to:a b Rigby, Sam (11 October 2013). “Avril Lavigne unveils new single ‘Let Me Go’ artwork – picture”Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  3. Jump up^ McRady, Rachel (13 November 2013). “Avril Lavigne Doesn’t Remember Much of Her Wedding, Won’t Party Without Husband Chad Kroeger”Us Weekly. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. Jump up^ Roberts, Soraya (8 October 2013). “Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger’s duet ‘Let Me Go’ slammed by critics”Yahoo! Celebrity. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  5. Jump up^ “WORLD PREMIERE: Avril Lavigne And Chad Kroeger – “Let Me Go””104.3MYfm. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Archived from the originalon 7 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
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  7. Jump up to:a b c Wiederhorn, Jon (7 October 2013). “How a Breakup Song Brought Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger Together”Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  8. Jump up^ Blum, Haley (7 October 2013). “Avril Lavigne, husband Chad Kroeger say ‘Let Me Go'”USA Today. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  9. Jump up^ Williott, Carl (7 October 2013). “Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger’s “Let Me Go”: Hear Chavril’s Soaring Ballad”Idolator. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
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  19. Jump up^ Roberts, Soraya (October 8, 2013). “Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger’s duet ‘Let Me Go’ slammed by critics”Yahoo!. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  20. Jump up^ Parmenter, Jamie (October 19, 2013). “Single Review: Avril Lavigne – ‘Let Me Go’ feat. Chad Kroeger”Renowned for Sound. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  21. Jump up^ Trust, Gary (21 October 2013). “Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne Tells Husband Chad Kroeger, ‘Let Me Go’; Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Arrow’ Lands On Country Airplay”Billboard. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
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FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 218 The Scientist Francis Bacon Featured artist is Colin Self

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Francis Schaeffer pictured below:

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Francis Schaeffer has written extensively on art and culture spanning the last 2000years and here are some posts I have done on this subject before : Francis Schaeffer’s “How should we then live?” Video and outline of episode 10 “Final Choices” episode 9 “The Age of Personal Peace and Affluence”episode 8 “The Age of Fragmentation”episode 7 “The Age of Non-Reason” episode 6 “The Scientific Age” , episode 5 “The Revolutionary Age” episode 4 “The Reformation” episode 3 “The Renaissance”episode 2 “The Middle Ages,”, and  episode 1 “The Roman Age,” . My favorite episodes are number 7 and 8 since they deal with modern art and culture primarily.(Joe Carter rightly noted,Schaefferwho always claimed to be an evangelist and not aphilosopher—was often criticized for the way his work oversimplifiedintellectual history and philosophy.” To those critics I say take a chill pillbecause Schaeffer was introducing millions into the fields of art andculture!!!! !!! More people need to read his works and blog about thembecause they show how people’s worldviews affect their lives!

J.I.PACKER WROTE OF SCHAEFFER, “His communicative style was not that of acautious academic who labors for exhaustive coverage and dispassionate objectivity. It was rather that of an impassioned thinker who paints his vision of eternal truth in bold strokes and stark contrasts.Yet it is a fact that MANY YOUNG THINKERS AND ARTISTS…HAVE FOUND SCHAEFFER’S ANALYSES A LIFELINE TO SANITY WITHOUT WHICH THEY COULD NOT HAVE GONE ON LIVING.”

Francis Schaeffer’s works  are the basis for a large portion of my blog posts andthey have stood the test of time. In fact, many people would say that many of the things he wrote in the 1960’s  were right on  in the sense he saw where ourwestern society was heading and he knew that abortion, infanticide and youthenthansia were  moral boundaries we would be crossing  in the coming decadesbecause of humanism and these are the discussions we are having now!)

There is evidence that points to the fact that the Bible is historically true asSchaeffer pointed out in episode 5 of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE? There is a basis then for faith in Christ alone for our eternal hope. This linkshows how to do that.

Francis Schaeffer in Art and the Bible noted, “Many modern artists, it seems to me, have forgotten the value that art has in itself. Much modern art is far too intellectual to be great art. Many modern artists seem not to see the distinction between man and non-man, and it is a part of the lostness of modern man that they no longer see value in the work of art as a work of art.” 

Many modern artists are left in this point of desperation that Schaeffer points out and it reminds me of the despair that Solomon speaks of in Ecclesiastes.  Christian scholar Ravi Zacharias has noted, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term ‘under the sun.’ What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system, and you are left with only this world of time plus chanceplus matter.” THIS IS EXACT POINT SCHAEFFER SAYS SECULAR ARTISTSARE PAINTING FROM TODAY BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED ARE A RESULTOF MINDLESS CHANCE.

 Schaeffer noted:

How Do We Know We Know?
During the early stages of modern philosophy (as distinguished from medieval philosophy) – that is, around the seventeenth century in Europe – the question that was troubling philosophers was this: how do we know that we know?
The early modern scientists had made advances in the physical sciences by rejecting previous human authority. For example, they rejected much of what had been inherited from the science of the Middle Ages. At that time, investigation had been governed and restrained by the concepts of Aristotle. In the field of astronomy, this had meant that the Ptolemaic system held sway. Suddenly, observations were made which cast doubt on that entire system of understanding the heavenly bodies. The result was, of course, the Copernican revolution: the discovery that the sun does not move around the earth but, rather, the earth around the sun. Thus, a general attitude was developed toward the ideas which had prevailed till then. The scientists said, “We must not accept the ideas passed down to us or derived from various previous authorities. We must start from scratch and simply observe the world and see how it works. Otherwise, we may be hampered from seeing what is there.”
The early modern scientists did not, however, reject the knowledge that God gave in the Bible as they rejected previous human authority and opinion. For example. in Novum Organum (1620) Francis Bacon wrote: “To conclude, therefore, let no man out of weak conceit of sobriety, or an ill applied moderation, think or maintain that a man can search too far of be too well studied in the book of God’s word, or in the book of God’s works.”81 “The book of God’s word” is the Bible. “The book of God’s works” is the world which God has made.
Modern scientists in general lived, thought, and worked in the framework of rejecting human authority, while respecting what was taught in the Bible in regard to the cosmos – right up to the time of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The philosophers (and later the materialistic scientists) went further. Their error was to confuse the escape from past human authority (which was indeed confining) with putting man at the center and rejecting God’s authority as well. They wanted to reject all outside authority. They wanted to establish everything only on human observation. That was how the question of epistemology (how we know we know) became so important in modern philosophy. It has remained so right up to our own day.

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The philosopher who first raised these questions was Rene Descartes (1596-1650). Descartes wrote in Meditations on First Philosophy:
How often it happened to me that in the night I dreamt that I found myself on this particular place … whilst in reality I was lying on my bed! At this moment it does seem that it is with eyes awake that I am looking at this paper …. But in thinking over this I remind myself that on many occasions I have in sleep been deceived by similar illusions, and in dwelling carefully on this reflection I see so manifestly that there are no certain indications by which we may clearly distinguish wakefulness from sleep that I am lost in astonishment. And my astonishment is such that it is almost capable of persuading me that I now dream.82
Here is the modern epistemological problem expressed three centuries ago! All knowledge comes through the senses, but how can we rely on our own senses? Sometimes, as in dreaming, we seem to be experiencing things very really, yet the reality is only in our heads.

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We are reminded of the 1966 film by Michelangelo Antonioni called Blow-Up, in which one of the central issues was this same question. A photographer had taken a picture of a murdered man in a park in London and then became uncertain whether this was, in fact, part of reality or an experience of fantasy similar to a drug trip. Within the humanist world-view there is no final way of telling. And Antonioni ends his film by making the point graphically. Tennis players play the game without a ball. The invisible “ball” goes back and forth and the spectators watch its “path” from side to side until finally the “ball” (which does not exist) goes out over the surrounding wire and “falls” at the photographer’s feet. He pauses for a moment, uncertain about what he should do. (Is observation simply a matter of the majority? Does the reality of things come from the general agreement in society and nothing more?) Then the photographer stoops down, picks up the “ball,” and throws it back onto the court. Here, depicted brilliantly, is the problem of any system which builds its epistemology on man alone. This film was a philosophic statement of the period in which we are living.

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Philosophy: Sir Francis Bacon
Biography, Quotes, Pictures of the Famous Philosopher / Scientist

A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. (Francis Bacon)

Francis Bacon Biography & Summary of his Main Ideas in Philosophy, Science & Religion

Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626 CE)

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. (Francis Bacon)Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Albans, KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, spy, freemason and essayist. He was knighted in 1603, created Baron Verulam in 1618, and created Viscount St Albans in 1621; both peerage titles becoming extinct upon his death.

He began his professional life as a lawyer, but he has become best known as a philosophical advocate and defender of the scientific revolution. His works establish and popularize an inductive methodology for scientific inquiry, often called the Baconian method. Induction implies drawing knowledge from the natural world through experimentation, observation, and testing of hypotheses. In the context of his time, such methods were connected with the occult trends of hermeticism and alchemy.

Francis Bacon’s works include his Essays, as well as the Colours of Good and Evil and the Meditationes Sacrae, all published in 1597. His famous aphorism, “knowledge is power”, is found in the Meditations. In the fragment De Interpretatione Naturae Prooemium (written probably about 1603) Bacon analyses his own mental character and establishes his goals, which were threefold: discovery of truth, service to his country, and service to the church. Francis Bacon also wrote In felicem memoriam Elizabethae, a eulogy for the queen written in 1609; and various philosophical works which constitute the fragmentary and incomplete Instauratio magna, the most important part of which is the Novum Organum (published 1620).

Francis Bacon did not propose an actual philosophy, but rather a method of developing philosophy; he wrote that, whilst philosophy at the time used the deductive syllogism to interpret nature, the philosopher should instead proceed through inductive reasoning from fact to axiom to law. Before beginning this induction, the inquirer is to free his mind from certain false notions or tendencies which distort the truth. These are called “Idols” (idola), and are of four kinds: “Idols of the Tribe” (idola tribus), which are common to the race; “Idols of the Den” (idola specus), which are peculiar to the individual; “Idols of the Marketplace” (idola fori), coming from the misuse of language; and “Idols of the Theater” (idola theatri), which result from an abuse of authority. The end of induction is the discovery of forms, the ways in which natural phenomena occur, the causes from which they proceed.

Bacon’s somewhat fragmentary ethical system, derived through use of his methods, is explicated in the seventh and eighth books of his De augmentis scientiarum (1623). He distinguishes between duty to the community, an ethical matter, and duty to God, a purely religious matter. Any moral action is the action of the human will, which is governed by reason and spurred on by the passions; habit is what aids men in directing their will toward the good. No universal rules can be made, as both situations and men’s characters differ.

Bacon distinctly separates religion and philosophy, though the two can coexist. Where philosophy is based on reason, faith is based on revelation, and therefore irrational – in De augmentis he writes that “[t]he more discordant, therefore, and incredible, the divine mystery is, the more honor is shown to God in believing it, and the nobler is the victory of faith.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon

Francis Bacon Quotes, Portraits & Pictures

'Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.' (Francis Bacon) A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.

Friends are thieves of time.

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

'Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.' (Francis Bacon)He that hath knowledge spareth his words.

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

Knowledge is power.

Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted … but to weigh and consider.

Science is but an image of the truth.

The correlative to loving our neighbours as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbours.

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.

A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner. (Francis Bacon)

Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

Dr. Francis schaeffer – The flow of Materialism(from Part 4 of Whatever happened to human race?)

Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical flow of Truth & History (intro)

Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of History & Truth (1)

Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of Truth & History (part 2)

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Bible-Believing Scientists of the Past

 

Scientists and Their Gods

(Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?)

Copyright © 1999 Dr. Henry F. Schaefer. All rights reserved.

The Genesis of This Lecture

I first began teaching freshman chemistry at Berkeley in the spring of 1983. Typically we lectured in halls that held about 550. On the first day of class you could fit in 680, which we had that particular morning. It was a full auditorium. Those of you who have had freshman chemistry at a large university will know that many have mixed feelings about that course.

“Many scientists do believe in both science and God, the God of revelation, in a perfectly consistent way.” — Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate in physics


I had never addressed a group of 680 people before and was a bit concerned about it. But I had a fantastic demonstration prepared for them. At Berkeley in the physical science lecture hall, the stage is in three parts. It rotated around, so you could go to your part of the stage and work for several hours before your lecture, getting everything ready. My assistant, Lonny Martin who did all the chemistry demonstrations at Berkley, was in the process of setting up 10 moles of a large number of quantities — 10 moles of benzene, iron, mercury, ethyl alcohol, water, etc. At just the right time, at the grand crescendo of this lecture, I was going to press the button and Lonny would come turning around and show them the ten moles of various items. The student would have great insight as they realized that all these had in common was about the same number of molecules of each one.

It was going to be wonderful. We got to that point in the lecture and I said, “Lonny, come around and show us the moles.” I pressed the button to rotate the stage but nothing happened. I didn’t realize that he was overriding my button press because he wasn’t ready with the moles. This was very embarrassing. I went out in front of the 680 students and was really at a complete loss of what to say, so I made some unprepared remarks. I said, “While we’re waiting for the moles, let me tell you what happened to me in church yesterday morning.”

I was desperate. There was great silence among those 680 students. They had come with all manner of anticipations about freshman chemistry, but stories about church were not among them!

I continued, “Let me tell you what my Sunday School teacher said yesterday.” That raised their interest even more. “I was hoping the group at church would give me some support, moral, spiritual, or whatever for dealing with this large class, but I received none. In fact, the Sunday School teacher asked the class, in honor of me:

What was the difference between a dead dog lying in the middle of the street and a dead chemistry professor lying in the middle of the street

The class was excited about this and I hadn’t even gotten to the punch line. They roared with laughter. The very concept of a dead chemistry professor lying in the middle of the street was hilarious to them. I’m sure some of them began to think, “If this guy were to become a dead chemistry professor very close to the final exam, we probably wouldn’t have to take the final exam. They’d probably give us all passing grades and this would be wonderful.”

I told them my Sunday school teacher had said that the difference between the dead dog lying in the middle of the road and the dead chemistry professor lying in the middle of the road is that there are skid marks in front of the dead dog.

The class thought this was wonderful! Just as they settled down, I pressed the button and around came Lonny with the moles. It was a wonderful beginning to my career as a freshman chemistry lecturer.

About 50 students came down at the end of class. About half had the usual questions like “Which dot do I punch out of this registration card?” There is always some of that. But about half of these students all had something like the same question. Basically they wanted to know “What were you doing in church yesterday?” One in particular said, “The person I most have admired in my life was my high school chemistry teacher last year. He told me with great certainty that it was impossible to be a practicing chemist and have any religious view whatever. What do you think about that?”

We didn’t have a long discussion at that time, but the students asked me if I would speak further on this topic. That became the origin of this lecture.

I gave this talk in Berkeley and in the San Francisco area many times. When I moved to the University of Georgia several years ago, the interest increased. And some faculty members complained to the administration. It was an interesting chapter in my life. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the largest newspaper in the southeastern United States, came out with an editorial supporting my right to give this talk, saying, “Fanatics are demanding rigorous control over the dissemination of ideas.”

A Perspective on the Relation of Science and Christianity

Let’s put this question of the relationship between science and Christianity with as broadest, most reasonable perspective we can. The relation between science and other intellectual pursuits has not always been easy. Therefore, many feel there has been a terrible warfare between science and Christianity. But I feel this is not the whole story.

For example, the recent literature text by Susan Gallagher and Roger Lundeen says,

Because in recent history, literature has often found itself in opposition to science, to understand modern views about literature the dominance of science in our culture. For several centuries, scientists have set the standards of truth for Western culture. And their undeniable usefulness in helping us organize, analyze, and manipulate facts has given them an unprecedented importance in modern society.

Not everybody has liked that. For example, John Keats, the great romantic poet, did not like Isaac Newton’s view of reality. He said it threatened to destroy all the beauty in the universe. He feared that a world in which myths and poetic visions had vanished would become a barren and uninviting place. In his poem Lamia, he talks about this destructive power. In this poem, he calls “science” “philosophy”, so I will try to replace the word “philosophy” with “science” because that is what he means.

Do not all charms fly
At the mere touch of cold science?
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven
We knew her woof and texture.
She is given in the dull catalog of common things.
Science will clip an angels wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air and gnome’s mind,
Unweave a rainbow.

My point is there has been some sparring between science and virtually every other intellectual endeavor. So it should not be entirely surprising if there weren’t a bit of that between science and Christianity.

Has Science Disproved God?

Nevertheless, the position is commonly stated that “science has disproved God.” C. S. Lewis says, in his autobiography Surprised by Joy, that he believed that statement. He talks about the atheism of his early youth and credits it to science. He says,

You will understand that my atheism was inevitably based on what I believed to be the findings of the sciences and those findings, not being a scientist, I had to take on trust, in fact, on authority.

What he’s saying is that somebody told him that science had disproved God and he believe it, even though he didn’t know anything about science.

A more balanced view is this by one of my scientific heroes, Erwin Schrodinger. He was the founder of wave mechanics and the originator of what is the most important equation in science, Schrodinger’s equation. He says,

I’m very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world is very deficient. It gives a lot of factual information, puts all our experience in a magnificently consistent order, but it is ghastly silent about all and sundry that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us. It cannot tell us a word about red and blue, bitter and sweet, physical pain and physical delight, knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains, but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.

People do tell good stories. Scientists do tell some interesting stories about religion. This one is from Chemistry in Britain, which is kind of like the Time Magazine of the chemical profession in England. Talking about the release of a new book on science policy, they explore an interesting idea.

If God applied to the government for a research grant for the development of a heaven and earth, he would be turned down on the following grounds:

  • His project is too ambitious.
  • He has no previous track record.
  • His only publication is only a book and not a paper in a refereed journal.
  • He refuses to collaborate with his biggest competitor.
  • His proposal for a heaven and earth is all up in the air.

The Alternatives to Belief in the Sovereign God of the Universe

I want to give examples of two atheists.

Lev Landau
The first is Lev Landau, the most brilliant Soviet physicist of this century. He was the author of many famous books with his coworker Lifchets. I actually used some of these books as a student at M.I.T. This is a story about Landau from his good friend and biographer Kolotnikov. This appeared in Physics Today.This is a story from the end of Landau’s life. Kolotnikov says

The last time I saw Landau was in 1968 after he had an operation. His health had greatly deteriorated. Lifchets and I were summoned to the hospital. We were informed that there was practically no chance he could be saved. When I entered his ward, Landau was lying on his side with his face turned to the wall. He heard my steps, turned his head, and said, “Kollat, please save me.” Those were the last words I heard from Landau. He died that night.

Chandrasekar
Chandrasekar was a famous astrophysicist. He won the Nobel prize in physics in 1983. He was a faculty member at the University of Chicago for many years. At the back of his biography is an interview. Chandrasekar says,

In fact, I consider myself an atheist. But I have a feeling of disappointment because the hope for contentment and a peaceful outlook on life as the result of pursuing a goal has remained largely unfulfilled.

His biographer is astonished. He says:

What? I don’t understand. You mean, single–minded pursuit of science, understanding parts of nature and comprehending nature with such enormous success still leaves you with a feeling of discontentment?

Shandresekar continues in a serious way, saying:

I don’t really have a sense of fulfillment. All I have done seems to not be very much.

The biographer seeks to lighten up the discussion a little saying that everybody has the same sort of feelings. But Shandresekar will not let him do this, saying:

Well that may be, but the fact that other people experience it doesn’t change the fact that one is experiencing it. It doesn’t become less personal on that account.

And Chandrasekar’s final statement:

What is true in my own personal case is that I simply don’t have that sense of harmony which I’d hoped for when I was young. I’ve persevered in science for over fifty years. The time I’ve devoted to other things is miniscule.

Is it Possible to be a Scientist and a Christian?

So the question I want to explore is the one that I was asked by that young man after my freshman chemistry class at Berkeley, “Is it possible to be a scientist and a Christian.” The student and his high school chemistry teacher obviously thought it was not possible.

C. P. Snow
Let me begin from pretty neutral ground by quoting two people with no particular theistic inclination. The first one is C. P. Snow. C. P. Snow used to be very famous as the author of a book called The Two Cultures. C. P. Snow was a physical chemist at Oxford University. He discovered about halfway through his career that he also was a gifted writer and he began writing novels. They are about university life in England. One in particular is called Masters, which I would recommend. C. P. Snow became quite wealthy doing this and then he was able to sit in an in–between position, between the world of the sciences and the world of literature.

He wrote this book, which in it’s time was very famous, about the two cultures—the sciences and the humanities. He said statistically slightly more scientists are in religious terms, unbelievers, compared with the rest of the intellectual world, although there are plenty that are religious and that seems to be increasingly so among the young. So is it possible to be a scientist and a Christian? C. P. Snow, who was certainly not a Christian, said yes.

Richard Feynman
Richard Feynman, Nobel prize in physics in 1965, was a very unusual person. He said some 9 years before receiving the Nobel prize, “Many scientists do believe in both science and God, the God of revelation, in a perfectly consistent way.” So is it possible to be a scientist and a Christian? Yes according to Richard Feynman.

A good summary statement in this regard is by Allen Lichtman, who has written a very well–received book called Origins. He’s an M.I.T. professor who has published this book with Harvard University Press. He says,

References to God continued in the scientific literature until the middle to late 1800’s. It seems likely that the lack of religious references after this time seem more from a change in social and professional conventions among scientists rather than from any change in underlying thought. Indeed, contrary to popular myth, scientists appear to have the same range of attitudes about religious matters as does the general public.

Now one could regard that statement as strictly anecdotal. Americans love statistics. Here’s the result of a poll of the professional society Sigma Zi. Three thousand three hundred responded, so this is certainly beyond statistical uncertainty. The headline says, “Scientists are anchored in the U. S. mainstream.” It says that half participate in religious activities regularly. Looking at the poll is that 43% of Ph.D. scientists are in church on a typical Sunday. In the American public, 44% are in church on a typical Sunday. So it’s clear that whatever it is that causes people to have religious inclinations is unrelated to having an advanced degree in science.

Michael Polyani
Let go a little deeper with a statement from Michael Polyani, professor of chemistry and then philosophy at the University of Manchester. His son, John Polyani, won the Nobel prize in 1986. I think that it’s probably true that when John Polyani’s scientific accomplishments, which have been magnificent, have been mostly forgotten, his father’s work will continue.

Michael Polyani was a great physical chemist at the University of Manchester. About halfway through his career, he switched over to philosophy. He was equally distinguished there. His books are not easy to read. His most influential book is called Personal Knowledge. He was of Jewish physical descent. He was born in Hungary. About the same time he switched from chemistry to philosophy, he joined the Roman Catholic church. He said,

I shall reexamine the suppositions underlying our belief in science and propose to show that they are more extensive than is usually thought. They will appear to coextend with the entire spiritual foundations of man and to go to the very root of his social existence. Hence I will urge our belief in science should be regarded as a token of much wider convictions.

If you read the rest of the book, you will probably make the same conclusion that I make. I’ve concluded that Polyani is pointing out that the observer is always there in the laboratory. He always makes conclusions. He is never neutral. Every scientist brings presuppositions to his or her work. A scientist, for example, never questions the basic soundness of the scientific method. This faith of the scientist arose historically from the Christian belief that God the father created a perfectly orderly universe.

Now I want to give you some evidence of that.

Science Developed in a Christian Environment
I’d like to begin with an outrageous statement that always causes reaction. This is a statement from a British scientist, Robert Clark. It will make you think. He says,

However we may interpret the fact scientific development has only occurred in a Christian culture. The ancients had brains as good as ours. In all civilizations, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, India, Rome, Persia, China and so on, science developed to a certain point and then stopped. It is easy to argue speculatively that science might have been able to develop in the absence of Christianity, but in fact, it never did. And no wonder. For the non–Christian world felt there was something ethically wrong about science. In Greece, this conviction was enshrined in the legend of Prometheus, the fire–bearer and prototype scientist who stole fire from heaven thus incurring the wrath of the Gods.”

I’d prefer if he had said “sustained scientific development.” I think he’s gone a little too far here, but this will certainly give people something to think about.

Francis Bacon
Let’s explore the idea involved in the statements that Clark and Polyani made, that is, that science grew up in a Christian environment. I was taught that Francis Bacon discovered the scientific method. The higher critics now claim he stole it from somebody else and just popularized it. We’ll leave that to the science historians to settle.

One of Francis Bacon’s statements is called the two–books statement. It’s very famous. He said:

Let no one think or maintain that a person can search too far or be too well studied in either the book of God’s word or the book of God’s works.

He’s talking about the Bible as the book of God’s words and nature as the book of God’s works. He is encouraging learning as much as possible about both. So right at the beginning of the scientific method, we have this statement.

Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler posited the idea of elliptical orbits for planets. He’s considered the discoverer of the laws of planetary motion. He was a devout Lutheran Christian. When he was asked the question “Why do you do science?”, he answered that he desired in his scientific research to obtain a sample test of the delight of the Divine Creator in his work and to partake of his joy. This has been said in many ways by other people, to think God’s thoughts after him, to know the mind of man. Kepler might be considered a Deist based on this first statement alone. But he later said:

I believe only and alone in the service of Jesus Christ. In him is all refuge and solace.

Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal was a magnificent scientist. He is the father of the mathematical theory of probability and combinatorial analysis. He provided the essential link between the mechanics of fluids and the mechanics of rigid bodies. He is the only physical scientist to make profound contributions to Christian thinking. Many of these thoughts are found in the little book, The Pensees, which I had to read as a sophomore at M.I.T. (They were trying to civilize us geeks at M.I.T., but a few years later decided that it wasn’t working, so we didn’t have to take any more humanities courses.)

Pascal’s theology is centered on the person of Jesus Christ as Savior and based on personal experience. He stated:

God makes people conscious of their inward wretchedness, which the Bible calls “sin” and his infinite mercy. He unites himself to their inmost soul, fills it with humility and joy, with confidence and love, renders them incapable of any other end than Himself. Jesus Christ is the end of all and the center to which all tends.

Pascal also said:

At the center of every human being is a God–shaped vacuum which can only be filled by Jesus Christ.

Robert Boyle
Robert Boyle was perhaps the first chemist. He developed the idea of atoms. Many of my freshman chemistry students know Boyle’s law. Every once in a while I’ll meet one of my former chemistry students. I ask them “What do you remember from the course?” Occasionally they will say: pv = nrt. Then I know I was successful. This is the ideal gas law of which Boyle’s law is a part.

Boyle was a busy man. He wrote many books. One is The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of Creation. He personally endowed an annual lectureship promoted to the defense of Christianity against indifferentism and atheism. He was a good friend of Richard Baxter, one of the great Puritan theologians. He was governor of the Corporation for the Spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in New England.

Isaac Newton
Although I disagree, a recent poll on who the most important person of history was gave that honor to Sir Isaac Newton. Newton was a mathematician, physicist, co–discoverer with Liebnitz of calculus, the founder of classical physics. He was the first of the three great theoretical physicists. He wrote about a lot of other things. He tried to do chemistry, but was a little bit before his time. He wrote more books on theology than on science. He wrote one about the return of Jesus Christ entitled Observations on the prophecy of Daniel and the Revelation of Saint John. He said:

This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.

One might assume from this statement that Newton was a Deist (system of natural religion that affirms God’s existence but denies revelation). However, quotes like this shows this is not true:

There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.

One concludes that Newton was a Biblical literalist. It was not enough that an article of faith could be deduced from Scripture, he said:

It must be expressed in the very form of sound words in which it was delivered by the apostles. For men are apt to run into partings about deductions. All the old heresies lie in deductions. The true faith was in the Biblical texts.

George Trevellian, a secular historian, summarized the contributions of these individuals as follows:

Boyle, Newton and the early members of the Royal Society were religious men who repudiated the skeptical doctrines of Thomas Hobbs. But they familiarized the minds of their countrymen with the idea of law in the universe and with scientific methods of inquiry to discover truth. It was believed that these methods would never lead to any conclusions inconsistent with Biblical history and miraculous religion. Newton lived and died in that faith.

Michael Faraday
My very favorite — and probably the greatest experimental scientist of all — is Michael Farraday. The two hundredth birthday of Michael Faraday’s birth was recently celebrated at the Royal Institution (multi–disciplinary research laboratory in London). There was an interesting article published by my friend Sir John Thomas, who said if Michael Faraday had been living in the era of the Nobel prize, he would have been worthy of at least eight Nobel prizes. Faraday discovered benzene and electromagnetic radiation, invented the generator and was the main architect of classical field theory.

Let me contrast the end of his life with the end of Lev Landau’s life. Faraday was close to death. A friend and well–wisher came by and said, “Sir Michael, what speculations have you now?” This friend was trying to introduce some levity into the situation. Faraday’s career had consisted of making speculations about science and then dash into the laboratory to either prove or disprove them. It was a reasonable thing to say.

Faraday took it very seriously. He replied:

Speculations, man, I have none. I have certainties. I thank God that I don’t rest my dying head upon speculations for “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.”

John Clerk Maxwell
The second of the three great theoretical physicist of all time would certainly have been James Clerk Maxwell. Someone has documented Maxwell’s career this way:

Maxwell possessed all the gifts necessary for revolutionary advances in theoretical physics—a profound grasp of physical reality, great mathematical ability, total absence of preconceived notions, a creative imagination of the highest order. He possessed also the gift to recognize the right task for this genius—the mathematical interpretation of Faraday’s concept of electromagnetic field. Maxwell’s successful completion of this task resulting in the mathematical [field] equations bearing his name, constituted one of the great achievements of the human intellect.

I disagree with one statement made above. If Maxwell indeed had a total absence of preconceived notions, he would have accomplished a total absence of science. So this is obviously written by somebody who is not a scientist (a squishyhead). However, this statement is basically good.

Maxwell said:

Think what God has determined to do to all those who submit themselves to his righteousness and are willing to receive his gift [of eternal life in Jesus Christ]. They are to be conformed to the image of his Son and when that is fulfilled and God sees they are conformed to the image of Christ, there can be no more condemnation.

Maxwell and Charles Darwin were contemporaries. Many wonder what he thought of Darwin’s theories. In fact, once he was to go to a meeting on the Italian Riviera in February to discuss new developments in science and the Bible. If you’ve ever spent time in Cambridge, England, you know it is very gloomy in the wintertime. If I had been a faculty there, I would have taken an opportunity to go to the Italian Riviera at this time of the year.

Maxwell turned down the invitation. He explained:

The rate of change of scientific hypotheses is naturally much more rapid than that of Biblical interpretation. So if an interpretation is founded on such a hypothesis it may help to keep the hypothesis above ground long after it ought to be buried and forgotten.

This is true. An example of this is the steady–state theory, which was popularized by Fred Hoyle and many others. It is one of the two competing theories of the origin of the universe. The steady–state hypothesis basically says that what you see is what was always there. It became less tenable in 1965 with the observation of the microwave background radiation by Arnold Pansias and Robert Wilson. There are not very many people left who believe in the steady–state hypothesis. It is interesting to go back to about 1960 and find commentaries on the book of Genesis and see how they explain how the steady–state hypothesis can be reconciled with the first chapter of Genesis. Any reasonable person can see that Genesis is talking about a beginning from nothing (ex nihilo), so it takes interesting explanations to reconcile a beginning with the steady–state hypothesis.

The steady–state hypothesis is going to be, within about 20 years, gone and forgotten. These commentaries will probably still be available in libraries and no one will be able to understand them….

David Cole & Francis Collins
Since my area of expertise is right between chemistry and physics, I cannot speak as well for the field of biological sciences. However, my longtime colleague, Berkeley biochemist David Cole and cystic fibrosis pioneer, Francis Collins — director of the Human Genome Project, the largest scientific project ever undertaken — are both well–known as outspoken Christians.

Why Are There So Few Atheists Among Physicists?

Many scientists are considering the facts before them. They say things like:

The present arrangement of matter indicates a very special choice of initial conditions. — Paul Davies

In fact, if one considers the possible constants and laws that could have emerged, the odds against a universe that produced life like ours are immense. — Stephen Hawking

A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. — Fred Hoyle

As the Apostle Paul said in his epistle to the Romans:

Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

Why the Perception of Ongoing Battle?

The last question I want to ask, then, is this, Why do so many people still think that there is an ongoing battle between science and Christianity? I don’t deny that there is an ongoing discussion. But I think the facts are that, what you think about God doesn’t depend on whether you have a Ph.D. in the sciences.

Why would some people like to think that this supposed battle rages on? At least in part, I honestly feel it is a misrepresentation. Let me give you just one example. Andrew Dickson White was the first president of Cornell University, the first university in the United States formed on strictly secular principles. (All others had been founded on a Christian basis.) He wrote a very famous book, The History of the Warfare of Science With Theology, in 1896. An excerpt:

[John] Calvin took the lead in his commentary on Genesis, by condemning all who asserted that the earth is not the center of the universe. He clinched the matter by the usual reference to the first verse of the 93rd Psalm and asked, “Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above that of the Holy Spirit?”

(This is not making John Calvin look very good!) What’s the real story behind this? Alistair McGrath, Brampton Lecturer at Oxford University and perhaps the greatest living scholar on Calvin, has recently written an authoritative biography of Calvin, in which he goes into question with great detail:

This assertion of Calvin is slavishly repeated by virtually every science writer on the theme of religion and science, such as Bertrand Russell in his History of Western Philosophy. Yet it may be stated categorically that Calvin wrote no such words in his Genesis commentary and expressed no such sentiments in any of his known writings. The assertion that he did is to be found characteristically unsubstantiated in the writings of the nineteenth century….

It would be fair to ask what Calvin really thought of Copernicus’ heliocentric theory of the solar system, and the answer is that we don’t know. He probably didn’t even know about him—Copernicus was not exactly a household name in France or Switzerland in 1520. But in his preface of his translation of the New Testament into French, Calvin wrote:

The whole point of Scripture is to bring us to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and, having come to know Him with all that this implies, we should come to a halt and not expect to learn more.

Conclusion

I hope that I have given you a flavor of the history of science. Those of you who have taken a freshman chemistry or physics course will surely find many of these people familiar. In fact, the reason I have prepared this talk is that these represent the very people I have taught in such courses.

There is a tremendous tradition of distinguished scientists who were and are Christians. I hope that my work is considered sufficiently outstanding to fall into the distinguished among that category. I also hope I have given you enough evidence that you will never again believe that it is impossible to be a scientist and a Christian.

Dr. Francis Schaeffer – Episode VII – The Age of Non Reason

Featured artist is Colin Self

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In his new exhibition, One Thousand Sketches, the British pop artist mixes political subversion with a sense of fun
colin self

Detail from A Canary and Tangles! (Daddy Colin Self and Coleen) xxx by Colin Self PR

For an exemplary artistic life in modern Britain, it’s worth visiting Colin Self’s exhibition, One Thousand Sketches, at James Hyman Gallery in London. It is full of the joy of the outsider, the fun of rebellion – both political and artistic.

In the early 60s Self was part of the pop generation of British artists who competed with Americans in their appetite for modern life: but British pop art often had a political edge, and like the movement’s visionary founder, Richard Hamilton, Self criticised the establishment. In works such as Leopardskin Nuclear Bunker No 2 (1963), now in the Tate collection, he used savvy sarcasm to confront the masters of war. Pop art was never just about soup cans and celebrities. The bomb was one of the icons of modern life that transfixed it – and at a time when folk song was usually seen as the style of protest, Self showed how a pop iconography could be turned against the cold war.

He continues to be a dissident. His drawings at James Hyman Gallery mix Disney-like cartoons, erotic longings, intimate portraiture, notes for mad projects and Marxist revolutionary dreams. What is lovely about this exhibition, though, is the sense of fun. Here is someone who enjoys his job. Humour never seems to desert him, even when he’s angry. All the sketches come from unexpected directions, all flowing into each other like pages in a visual diary. Boundless creativity, steady introspection and honesty shine through to make this a testimony to decades of artistic and political subversion.

Artists of Self’s generation had a different attitude to drawing and artistic tradition than the superficially comparable pop generation of 90s Britain. Self, like Hamilton, possesses positively Old Masterish skills. But married to a fascination with modern images, his passion for drawing makes a rich and comic art for our time.

Colin Self

Still Life with Art Deco Goldfish Bowl, Curtain and Shells

1969

 

Colin Self. Streetseen, Hearts and Glances

24 Nov — 18 Dec 2015 at Mayor Gallery in London, United Kingdom

Colin Self, Craigie’s dog “Waynie” (Craigie Aitchison), 15/10/15, Mixed media collage and pencil, 18 x 21 cm
Colin Self, Craigie’s dog “Waynie” (Craigie Aitchison), 15/10/15, Mixed media collage and pencil, 18 x 21 cm

Colin Self (b.1941 Norfolk, England) is a significant figure in British art history. Self studied at Norwich School of Art before attending the Slade School of Art in London during the early 1960s, where he met fellow artists David Hockney and Peter Blake. Born during World War II, his earlier work demonstrated a sensibility to political issues and nuclear paranoia, making him the only British Pop artist to refer explicitly to the Cold War. He also produced works featuring apparently harmless motifs from contemporary life and consumer society, which at times conveys an unexpected atmosphere of violence and sexual threat. His intention was to produce a detailed record of his society, which, in the event of its destruction, would convey its essential qualities to anyone coming across his work in the future. Deeply suspicious of the commercial art world, in 1965 Self returned permanently to Norwich where his subject matter and his repertoire of techniques continued to expand, taking in atmospheric Norfolk landscapes, still-lifes and studies of human behaviour.

The 103 ‘Glances’ exhibited in this show “are more or less an art equivalent to passing a glance at someone in the street or acknowledging or nodding at them without time to have a full conversation. They’re not sketches but complete records in themselves, maybe some parallel to the way we think, having some 60,000 thoughts a day. Sometimes the items have been lost by somebody or dropped as litter; A bit like historical archaeology where scraps from the past are clues and have significance but they are of our times. Who knows if they owe a little something to Kurt Schwitters, when I see his collages I am left wondering who dropped the tram tickets on the street for him to pick up like clues for a detective…” Colin Self.

Alongside the ‘Glances’ series The Mayor Gallery has selected 14 artworks including the classic Colin Self imagery of Cinemas, Hotdogs, Ploughman, and more recent lenticular Hearts collages.

Colin Self is currently participating in The World Goes Pop at the Tate Modern and in International Pop a touring exhibition at the Walker Art Centre, Dallas Museum of Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Colin Self

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Colin E Self (born 1941 in Rackheath, Norfolk) is an English Pop Artist, whose work has addressed the theme of Cold War politics.

As a student at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1961 to 1963 Colin Self received encouragement for his drawings and collages from the artists David Hockney and Peter Blake. Visits to the USA and Canada in 1962 and 1965 heightened his consciousness of Cold War politics and events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the CND marches led him to create highly-innovative prints such as Nuclear Bomber No.1 (1963), one of the earliest multiple plate etchings, and paintings such as ‘Waiting Women and Two Nuclear Bombers’ (1962–63).[1] He also explored the relationship between violence and sexual threat in drawings of glamorous models and his iconic ‘Leopard-skin Nuclear Bomber’ sculptures.

Following his trip to the United States in 1965 he produced a series of drawings based on American nuclear fall-out shelters, Art Deco cinema interiors and of hot dogs, which he described as being ‘as important a 20th century development as (say) a rocket.’ His highly personal and distinctive style of drawing led the artist Richard Hamilton to call him ‘the best draughtsman in England since William Blake.’ During the 1960s Self showed with the Robert Fraser Gallery, London. As printmaker, Self has been a great innovator and was a central figure in the 1960s boom in printmaking. Drawing images from a variety of commercial sources, he created the Power and Beauty series of screenprints (1968) at Editions Alecto while his etching suite Prelude to the 1000 Temporary Objects of Our Time (1970–71) sought to provide a unique record of society in the event of its possible destruction[2]

Suspicious of the commercial art world Self worked in isolation during the 1970s, seeking a sense of solace through the production of atmospheric watercolours and charcoals of the landscapes of his native county Norfolk, and Scotland. From 1972 to 1974 Self worked in collaboration with the German potter Mathies Schwarze at the Töpferei Schwarze Pottery near Cologne, Germany. A trip to the former Soviet Union in 1985-6 provided further stimulus to his explorations of Cold War culture. His collages from the 1980s to the present day combine his interest in Surrealist juxtaposition and the subconscious, with an inventive visual imagination. Some of these works such as ‘Burning Man Jumping from Building’ (1983) and ‘New York Disaster’ (1998) appear remarkably prescient in the light of events such as the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, while others create lighter, often humorous narratives from found material in everyday life – an extension of the language of Pop art. In 1997 the Tate Gallery held a show of all its holdings of his work. Since 2000 Self has worked on his ‘Odyssey/Iliad’ suite of etchings, in which the artist has returned to his 1960s technique of multiple-plate etching to re-tell the classical story by Homer using contemporary found-imagery and themes.

A retrospective of his work entitled ‘Colin Self: Art in the Nuclear Age’ was held at Pallant House Gallery in 2008, curated by art historian Simon Martin.[3]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ collection: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester UK
  2. Jump up^ Tessa Sidey, Editions Alecto: Original Graphics, Multiple Originals 1960-1981, Lund Humphries, 2003
  3. Jump up^ Pallant House Gallery Exhibitions

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Jethro Tull guitarist Jeffrey Hammond

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 October 2017

Jeffrey with his picture of the front at Looe in Cornwall

Jeffrey with his picture of the front at Looe in Cornwall

Lancashire rock star Jeffrey Hammond is back home and about to reveal his hidden talent for art. But first, he spoke exclusively to Barbara Waite

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For a man who has played the world’s biggest venues as bass guitarist with 1970s prog rock giants Jethro Tull, Jeffrey Hammond is a surprisingly private man. In his second career as an artist he has studiously avoided the limelight and only close friends and relatives have ever seen his paintings – until now.

Lancashire Life was given an exclusive interview and the chance to see his works ahead of his first ever exhibition, to be held on the Fylde this month. It fulfils a promise to his late partner Tess who wanted him to share his distinctive paintings with a wider audience.

It is another important milestone in Jeffrey’s life. Born is Blackpool, he has come back to Lancashire where he grew up in a boarding house run by his parents in the shadow of the famous Tower.

He lived the rock star life from 1971-1975 and it all started with a chance encounter at Blackpool Grammar School. A fellow student, Ian Anderson, who had never spoken to him before said: ‘You look like a musician? What do you play?’ It was the start of a friendship that survives to this day.

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Ian and another student John Evans wanted to form a group and invited Jeffrey to go with them to see Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics at their local youth club. Watching as the bass player was being mobbed by girls, Jeffrey agreed to be the be group’s bass guitarist despite having no musical training. So it was music, not art, that became the consuming passion during his last years at school.

The group – then known as The Blades – practised in the front room of at John’s mother’s home. ‘We made a horrible racket but in time we progressed from the youth club to doing gigs at workingmen’s clubs in Fleetwood and throughout the Fylde eventually going further afield to Nottingham, Newcastle and Manchester,’ said Jeffrey.

With the repetition of the repertoire the early excitement waned for Jeffrey and he re-took Art A level and joined an art foundation course at Blackpool Tech while his friends kept playing and moved to London.

His tutor suggested he do a painting course, so to apply for college he had to produce a work as part of his portfolio. His picture of a midwife holding a newly-born baby was, in his words, ‘not good’ and, even after it was improved a bit by his tutor, it was still rejected. That meant he could stay in Blackpool. ‘I was thrilled to bits that I would be able stay.’

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From an early age, Jeffrey knew he wanted to express himself but had no real idea how to go about it. Luck was on his side and he took up a place at Central St Martins College in London when one of the students dropped out.

Still feeling unsure about the move, he was persuaded by his tutor to go but ‘felt like a fish out of water’ for almost all of the three-year course. ‘The other 19 student already felt themselves to be artists, but I had no sense of direction and learned mostly from a fellow student who is still a good friend to this day.

‘It was not an auspicious start to a career, but during the last six months I felt I was getting somewhere – had found the “something” I was looking for. But what to do next?’

Fate intervened again. After failing an interview to get on a Royal Academy course and with Ian and John’s band – now called Jethro Tull – started taking off, they asked him to house-sit and do some decorating – painting of a different kind – while they toured in America.

On their return he was told: ‘You’re joining the band.’ So within a couple of months he found himself working on the hit album Aqualung and touring Scandinavia. ‘I thought I might last a month, but they were all good musicians and helped me through.’

Adopting the name Hammond-Hammond as a joke – adding in his mother’s surname before she married – he started wearing a black and white striped suit and played a matching guitar – his trademark look and a feature of staged performances of the album, Thick as a Brick.

‘It was fabulously exciting touring the world and I enjoyed it for five years, but inside I knew I wanted to paint – to learn to paint.And that’s what I have been doing all these years. Learning.

‘That stage of my life ended abruptly. I just blurted it out at a business meeting that I was leaving with no previous intention of saying it. It wasn’t the best way to handle it, but the band accepted my decision and moved on.’

By this time Jeffrey had married Mahmaz, an Iranian princess distantly related to the Shah of Persia, and the best friend of Ian Anderson’s wife. Together they set up home in Gloucestershire in a beautiful house with land which Jeffrey developed over the happy years they spent there.

He started painting, though his first attempt at a watercolour of the local view was abandoned. Initially, 90 per cent of his time was spent on the 11 acres of gardens but gradually art took the lion’s share of his time.

The couple travelled extensively, to Iran, Europe and America all documented in Jeffrey’s detailed paintings to give a narrative to their trips.

‘It took me a long while to get used to the slower pace of life after the hectic days of the band. Getting close to nature helped, but I wanted to centre myself and I knew I had to begin the long struggle to learn to paint something meaningful.

‘I started with still life where you have absolute control over everything. I was in the very fortunate position of not having to sell my works so I could develop my ideas exactly how I wanted to. I was very privileged.

‘I had to work hard to achieve the painting style I now have. I didn’t have natural talent and I wanted – still want – each painting to be a challenge, to seize a special moment, to tell a story.

Mahmaz, who came to this country to study at boarding school, was interested in the arts, but more theatre and literature and from their base they were ideally place to visit the RSC in Stratford, theatre in Malvern and Bristol, and Welsh National Opera in Cardiff.

Her untimely death and their son’s decision to move to London forced Jeffrey into another big decision. The house they’d both loved was too big for one – it was time to uproot and start again. ‘It was a huge wrench to leave, but I knew I had to do it.’

He had missed living by the seaside, so travelled from Bognor Regis around the coast right up to Anglesey to try and find a home that felt right, but without success. That is until he returned to the Fylde coast he had loved as a boy, setting up home near to his mother.

Painting in his studio, Jeffrey uses photographs of subjects he has taken which suggest a storyline to him. ‘The photographs are essentially an aide-memoire being unable to paint on the spot for the months it takes me to complete each painting.

‘At a certain point the real painting takes over and I no longer look at the photographs, as the picture is well on the way to becoming an autonomous entity and happily has a life of its own.

‘Each picture I paint demands a fresh approach. It is a matter of instinct and feeling to try to achieve what I want, technical aspects being subservient to that. I don’t take myself too seriously, but I do take painting seriously and hope some of the intended humour is seen.’ A good example of that is the fact he often paints himself in the crowd. Look closely and you might spot him.

‘To use a musical analogy I have been trying to write symphonies or operas rather than three-minute songs; a desire to have the space and time to give to a full narrative,’ he added.

While the painting has been an ever-present in his life there have been reminders of the rock stars days. Seven years ago group leader Ian Anderson travelled to Blackpool to unveil a plaque presented by the Performing Rights Society for Music, commemorating the debut gig of his first band The Blades.

Jeffrey, joined by early fans, attended the ceremony as the plaque was unveiled at Holy Family Church Hall, Links Road, North Shore – life coming full circle.

It was a poignant evening for Jeffrey who had found happiness with a new partner Tess, and his assured paintings show an impressive mastery that he would have hardly imagined during those early music days.

She pressed Jeffrey to organise a public showing of his work as she felt people should see his paintings, but unfortunately she died before the exhibition was organised.

It is her legacy that a small selection of his work is now going on show at the Fylde Gallery in Lytham Booths from November 3 for four weeks. He’s called it ‘All the world’s a stage’ a quote from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. He is certainly a man who has played many parts in his time.

Tull factfile

Ian Anderson, flautist and songwriter, lives in the south of England and is still recording and touring under his own name.

John Evan (correct), keyboards, had his own construction company after he left the band and now lives in Australia.

Barrie Barlow, drummer, worked with Robert Plant and Jimmy page after the band broke up and is still involved in music.

Jeffrey played on Aqualung (1971),Thick as a Brick and Living in the Past (1972), A Passion Play (1973), War Child (1974), Minstrel in the Gallery (1975)

Jeffrey Hammond

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jeffrey Hammond Hammond
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Jeffrey Hammond in concert with Jethro Tull, 1973
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Hammond
Born 30 July 1946 (age 71)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Origin Blackpool, England
Genres Progressive rockFolk rockHard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1971–75, 1987–88, 1994
Associated acts Jethro Tull

Jeffrey Hammond (born 30 July 1946) sometimes credited as Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, is an artist, musician, and former bass guitar player for the progressive rock band Jethro Tull.[1]

Hammond adopted the name “Hammond-Hammond” as a joke, since both his father’s name and mother’s maiden name were the same.[2] He also joked in interviews that his mother defiantly chose to keep her maiden name, just like Eleanor Roosevelt.

Musician with Jethro Tull[edit]

One of several band members from Blackpool, England, he met band leader Ian Anderson in school when he was 17 years old, eventually joining a band with Anderson and future Jethro Tull members John Evan and Barriemore Barlow. After leaving Grammar School, he opted to study painting rather than continue with music, but he was convinced to join Jethro Tull in January 1971. Before joining the band as a performer, Hammond appears to have spent much time with the band in the background. Ian Anderson wrote songs about his friend’s idiosyncrasies, of which the best known are “A Song for Jeffrey” (This Was), “Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square” (Stand Up) and “For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me” (Benefit). Introducing the first song, in the days before Hammond joined the band, Anderson would portray him in slightly condescending terms as someone with emotional problems who lost his way easily, as described in the first line of the song. His eventual appearance as a band member, therefore, was something of a surprise.[citation needed] Hammond is also namechecked in the lyrics of the Benefit track, “Inside”.

Hammond is credited with creating the “claghorn”, a hybrid instrument. He took the mouthpiece and bell from a toy saxophone and attached them to the body of a flute. The result can be heard on the track “Dharma for One” on the album This Was.

During the time of Tull’s dramatic stage costumes, Jeffrey started wearing a black and white striped suit and played a matching bass guitar, and this became his trademark and a feature of Tull’s Thick as a Brick stage performance. Hammond narrated the surreal piece “The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles” on the album A Passion Play, and the related short film. He also received credit, along with Anderson and John Evan, for writing the piece.

Hammond burned the suit in December 1975 upon his departure from the band.[3] According to Ian Anderson’s sleevenotes for the 2002 reissue of Tull’s Minstrel in the Gallery, Hammond “returned to his first love, painting, and put down his bass guitar, never to play again.”[4] Hammond’s replacement as bass player was John Glascock, a professional musician.

Later appearances[edit]

He made one last attempt to re-join Jethro Tull in the mid-80’s, as told by Ian Anderson during Alan Freeman’s Friday Rock Show in March 1988, while providing comments for the broadcast of Tull’s show at Hammersmith Odeon which Capital Radio was airing. According to Anderson, “Jeffrey was almost about to re-join the band”, but despite one audition being made with the band, the bass player declared himself unable to play the rather difficult music of Jethro Tull and decided to give up.

Hammond attended Jethro Tull’s 25th anniversary reunion party in 1994. He participated in an interview, along with Ian Anderson and Martin Barre, that was featured as a bonus track on the 1997 reissue of Thick as a Brick.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ Nollen, Scott Allen (2002). Jethro Tull: A history of the band, 1968–2001. McFarland. pp. 82–. ISBN 978-0-7864-1101-6. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  2. Jump up^ Rees, David. Minstrels in the Gallery, 1998, ISBN 0-946719-22-5, p. 40.
  3. Jump up^ Rees, p. 70.
  4. Jump up^ Official biography of Jeffrey Hammond on Jethro Tull website: JethroTull.com

External links[edit]

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FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 217 Karel Appel Artist, Featured artist is Eleanor Antin

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1962. Karel Appel show how a real “cobra-artist” paint!

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Karel Appel (1961)

In the 8th chapter of his excellent book INTELLECTUAL INTEGRITY, Richard B. Ramsay noted: 

CHAPTER 8 A CHRISTIAN VIEW OF ART

Some Evangelicals look down on art as something insignificant or unneccesary. But art is one of the most important aspects of a Christian Worldview. In fact, Christians should be more interested in art than anybody! Why? Because, as we analyze art, we can detect the philosophical, psychological, and spiritual condition of society. Since artists tend to be sensitive and spiritually profound, the frequently understand problems more intuitively, and they express their concerns in their art. Painters, sculptors, musicians, and writers are like cultural prophets. Furthermore, when a Christian produces art, he or she is reflecting the image of God. To underestimate the importance of art is to minimize the importance of man’s creativity. In spite of the general apathy among Evangelicals, there are writers such as Francis Schaeffer, H. R. Rookmaaker, and Dorothy Sayers, who have given us some guidelines for developing a Christian perspective of art.

I. Perspectives of Some Christian Authors

A. Francis Schaeffer Schaeffer, although he was not an artist himself, did much to renew interest in art among Evangelicals. In Art and the Bible,91 he highlighted the fact that Christ redeemed the whole man and that Christ is the Lord of every aspect of life. He shows that art had a place in the Bible, for example in the construction of the tabernacle (Exodus 25-28) and the temple (2 Chronicles 3-4). The Bible contains beautiful poetry and lovely songs. The Psalms encourage us to glorify God with dance and with musical instruments (Psalms 149 and 150). Schaeffer insists that art has value in itself, just for its own beauty, and not necessarily for its “usefulness.” He challenges us to make a work of art out of our own lives.

He recommends four guidelines for evaluating art.

a. Technical excellence. (Is it done well?)

b. Validity (Was it done in harmony with the world view of the artist?)

c. Intellectual content. (Is its message or world view true?)

d. Integrity (Are the content and form of communication in harmony?)

B. H.R. Rookmaaker Rookmaaker was an art professor, and made a valuable contribution to a Christian perspective of art. In his fascinating book, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture, 92 he analyzes the message of many works of art, from the Middle

91 Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible (Downers Grove, Illinois: InverVarsity Press, 1973), pp. 7- 8. 92 H.R. Rookmaaker, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1970).

Ages to the twentieth century. He wants to show that modern art communicates the end of an age, and age when man trusted reason and the truth. The age of the Enlightenment emphasized man as the center of the universe, trusting reason and science. The Catholic school of thought left faith in a world separated from reason (Aquinus), and the Reformation fell into mysticism, leaving humanism as the dominant factor in culture. The first step toward modern art was realism. The realists painted the objective “facts” (Goya). The second step toward modern art was impressionism. They painted what they perceived, but instead of painting it as objective facts, they represented their own subjective impressions (Renoir). The last steps of modern art were expressionism and the dada movement. The expressionists painted, not the facts, nor their impressions of what they observed, but what they wanted to express (Picasso). According to the dada movement, life has no meaning. They laugh at everything of value. To find a name for the movement, they opened a French dictionary randomly to any page and pointed to any word. (The French word means “rocking horse.”) In the twentieth century, culture dies. Karel Appel says, “I don’t paint. I hit. Painting is destruction.” Francis Bacon paints the head of a man screaming from inside a box, and writes, “Now…man is conscious of the fact that he is an accident, that he is completely useless, and that he must finish the game with no reason.” 93

In his book, Art Needs no Justification, 94 Rookmaaker explains that art has useful functions, but that is not what gives value to it. Art has its own value because of its beauty. He gives an illustration of a tree, which has many useful purposes: it produces shade, oxygen, and wood, for example. But its major importance is in being part of the creation. The same is true for man; our value is not in what we accomplish, but in being creatures of God. If a preacher loses his voice, he does not stop being an important person. God gave humanity the capacity to do many beautiful things, such as music, poetry, decorations, and sculptures. The simple fact of using these capacities already pleases God, because it is a way of giving back a gift to God. Therefore, art needs no justification. Its justification is in using a capacity given to us by God. Of course art does have many practical uses, such as decorating a home, but these uses are not necessary to make art legitimate. Art has its own value and should be appreciated simply as beauty. C. Dorothy Sayers In The Whimsical Christian, Sayers writes a chapter about “Toward a Christian Aesthetic.” She says that a work of art is something new, not just a copy. It is a “creation,” using materials that God already created, but applying personal creativity, which is part of the image of God in man. Just as God made man in His image, man also makes art in his “image.” That is, the art reflects something of the artist and his character. It is not that the poet says, “Oh, how beautiful the moon is! I’ll try to find words to express what people should think of the moon!” Rather the writer finds himself saying words in his head and when he writes them

93 Rookmaaker, p. 174. 94 Rookmaaker, Art Needs No Justification (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978.)

down and reads them, he says to himself, “That’s it! That is what the experience of seeing the moon was for me! Now I recognize it and know what it was!” It involves his experience, his expression of the experience, and the recognition of the validity of that expression. Art contains something of what the artist perceives, but it also contains something of himself. Sayers argues that “art” that is only made to entertain is not really art, but a falsification. There is no problem with doing something once in a while to entertain, but it should not replace true art, because it leads the spectator to lose contact with reality.95

95 Dorothy Sayers, The Whimsical Christian; 18 essays (New York: Collier, 1978). Also published by the title, Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World (New York: Collier, 1987).

 

 

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The Triumph of Karel Appel

Posted: 09/26/2014 2:49 pm EDT Updated: 11/26/2014 5:59 am EST

The Dutch furniture designer Martin Visser was the first collector to recognize the importance of the Cobra movement. Visser knew Karel Appel and his friends when they had just begun their careers, and were living in extreme poverty, with no recognition from the art world. Visser recalled that he was shocked by the young artists’ living conditions: “There wasn’t even a toilet. I couldn’t believe how these young men managed. It was a very different way of living, but it didn’t disturb them in the least.” Visser was impressed by Appel’s spirit and daring. “Just wait and see,” Appel once said to Visser, “we are going to be famous one day.”

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Photo of Karel Appel by Nico Koster (ca. 1983).
Image courtesy of the Stadsarchief (City Archives), Amsterdam.

Appel was of course right: well before he died in 2006, he had become not only famous but rich. And today, with Amsterdam’s two great museums finally finished with their renovations, visitors to Appel’s native city can enjoy the evidence of Cobra’s, and Appel’s, triumph.

The renovated Rijksmuseum devotes two full rooms to Cobra, as does the renovated Stedelijk. In Amstelveen, the Cobra Museum is fully dedicated to the revolutionary movement. And often overlooked, the Ambassade Hotel devotes all eleven of its stately canal houses on the Herengracht to the beauty of Cobra.

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Karel Appel’s Animal (1953), seen through the front window of the Ambassade Hotel.
Image courtesy of the Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam.

Among these many exhibitions, Appel’s achievement is recognized by masterpieces. The entrance to the Stedelijk features his 30-foot mural of 1956 for the museum’s old restaurant, including a glowing stained-glass window. A large room with 20 Cobra works includes one of Appel’s greatest paintings, Man and Animals of 1949, and next to the room is the Appel Bar, a mural on all four walls and ceiling originally painted for the foyer of the Stedelijk.

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Karel Appel, Fountain (2001). Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Appel’s enormous Fountain of 2001 guards the entrance of the Cobra Museum, its imaginary rooster towering high above the sidewalk. Inside the museum, major paintings by Appel include Two Figures (1954), and Composition with Animal Figures (1951).

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Karel Appel, Animal (1953). Image courtesy of the Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam.

The lobby of the Ambassade Hotel features a magnificent Appel gouache, Animal(1953) – a three-footed fish monster, in beautiful blues and greens. Further along, in the hotel’s Cobra Lounge, is a small Appel drawing from 1948 of his trademark ghostly figures.

Karel Appel was a master of both color and form. His vivid imagination constantly yielded new species of animals and ghosts, that lived peacefully together in a world that he created from the earlier discoveries of Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Klee, and Dubuffet. He was one of the giants of Dutch modern art, alongside van Gogh and Mondrian, and his greatness is now fully recognized in his native land and beyond.

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Karel Appel, Man and Animals (1949).
Image courtesy of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

In Amsterdam, I met the famous photographer Nico Koster, who was a friend of Appel’s for more than five decades. Koster laughed as he emphasized that Appel’s early confidence was neither bravado nor a pose: “From the very beginning, Karel had no doubt that this work was something completely new, and that in time it would come to be recognized as important.” Visitors to Amsterdam today can fully enjoy the results of Appel’s confidence, and of his creativity.

Karel Appel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Karel Appel
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Karel Appel (1982)
Born Christiaan Karel Appel
25 April 1921
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 3 May 2006 (aged 85)
Zürich, Switzerland
Nationality Dutch
Education Rijksakademie
Known for Painting, sculpting, poetry
Movement Experimentele Groep in Holland,Cobra

Christiaan Karel Appel (pronounced [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈkaːrəl ˈɑpəl]; 25 April 1921 – 3 May 2006) was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at theRijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948.

Childhood[edit]

Christiaan Karel Appel was born on 25 April 1921[1] in his parents’ house at Dapperstraat 7 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. As a child he was called “Kik”. On the ground floor, his father, Jan Appel, had a barber shop. His mother, born Johanna Chevalier, was a descendant of French Huguenots. Karel Appel had three brothers.[2]

At fourteen, Appel produced his first real painting on canvas, a still life of a fruit basket. For his fifteenth birthday, his wealthy uncle Karel Chevalier gave him a paint set and an easel. An avid amateur painter himself, Chevalier gave his namesake some lessons in painting.[3]

Career[edit]

From 1940 to 1943, during the German Occupation, Appel studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and it was there he met the young painter Corneille and, some years later,Constant; they became close friends for years. His parents opposed his choice to become an artist, leading him to leave home; this was also necessary because he needed to hide from the German police so that he would not be picked up and sent to Germany to work in the weapons industry.

Appel had his first show in Groningen in 1946. In 1949 he participated with the other CoBrA artists in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; this generated a huge scandal and many objections in the press and public. He was influenced by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and the French brute-art artist Jean Dubuffet. In 1947 he started sculpting with all kinds of used materials (in the technique of assemblage) and painted them in bright colors: white, red, yellow, blue and black. He joined the Experimentele Groep in Holland together with the young Dutch painters Anton Rooskens, Theo Wolvecamp and Jan Nieuwenhuys. Later the Belgian writer Hugo Claus joined the group.

In 1948 Appel joined CoBrA (from:Copenhagen, Bruxelles, Amsterdam) together with the Dutch artists Corneille, Constant and Jan Nieuwenhuys (see also Aart Kemink) and with the Belgian poet Christian Dotremont. The new art of the CoBrA-group was not popular in the Netherlands, but it found a warm and broad welcome in Denmark. By 1939, Danish artists had already started to make spontaneous art and one of their sources of inspiration was Danish and Nordic mythology. It was also in Denmark that the CoBrA artists started cooperating by collectively painting the insides of houses, which encouraged and intensified the exchange of the typical ‘childish’ and spontaneous picture language used by the CoBrA group. Appel used this very intensively; his 1949 fresco ‘Questioning Children’ in Amsterdam City Hall caused controversy and was covered up for ten years.

As a result of this controversy and other negative Dutch reactions to CoBrA, Appel moved to Paris in 1950 and developed his international reputation by travelling to Mexico, the USA, Yugoslavia and Brazil. He is particularly noted[by whom?] for his mural work and lived in New York and Florence. After 1990 he became much more popular in the Netherlands; he had several big shows in Amsterdam and in Bruxelles, organized by director Rudy Fuchs. Also the CoBrA-museum in Amstelveen organized several shows with his work. He became the most famous Dutch artist of CoBrA.

Appel’s work has been exhibited in a number of galleries, including the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City, Galerie Lelong in Paris, Galerie Ulysses in Vienna, and Gallery LL in Amsterdam.[4][5]

Death[edit]

Sculpture by Karel Appel in The Hague

Appel died on 3 May 2006 in his home in Zürich, Switzerland. He suffered from a heart ailment.[6] He was buried on 16 May 2006 at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.[7]

Years before his death, Appel established the Karel Appel Foundation, whose purpose is “to preserve [Appel’s] artworks, to promote public awareness and knowledge of Karel Appel’s oeuvre and to supervise publication of the Oeuvre Catalogue of the paintings, the works on paper and the sculptures.”.[8]

In 2002 a number of Appel’s works went missing on the way to his foundation, an event that was not to be resolved before his death. However in 2012 the works were found in a disused UK warehouse and returned to the foundation. [9]

In the wake of his death, the Foundation (based in Amsterdam) functions as his official estate in addition to its primary service as an image archive. The U.S. copyright representative for the Karel Appel Foundation is the Artists Rights Society[10]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Appel, Karel: Psychopathological Notebook. Drawings and Gouaches 1948–1950. Bern – Berlin: Verlag Gachnang & Springer, 1999. ISBN 978-3-906127-57-6
  • Kuspit, Donald (2010). “Titanic Power: Karel Appel in the Tradition of the New”. Psychodrama: Modern Art as Group Therapy. London: Ziggurat. pp. 13–45. ISBN 9780956103895.
  • Tapié, Michel; Amsterdam (Netherlands). Stedelijk Museum. Karel Appel (Publisher: Amsterdam, author, 1955) OCLC 11554905 (Worldcat link: [1])

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houts, Cathérine van (2003). Karel Appel : de biografie (in Dutch). Amsterdam: Olympus. p. 13. ISBN 978-90-254-1913-4.
  2. ^ Houts, Cathérine van (2003). Karel Appel : de biografie (in Dutch). Amsterdam: Olympus. pp. 13–14. ISBN 978-90-254-1913-4.
  3. ^ Houts, Cathérine van (2003). Karel Appel : de biografie (in Dutch). Amsterdam: Olympus. pp. 20–21. ISBN 978-90-254-1913-4.
  4. ^ “Karel Appel”. Anita Shapolsky Gallery NYC.
  5. ^ “Karel Appel 1921-2006, NL”. ArtFacts.net.
  6. ^ Fox, Margalit (9 May 2006). “Karel Appel, Dutch Expressionist Painter, Dies at 85”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  7. ^ “Karel Appel begraven op Père-Lachaise in Parijs”. De Telegraaf. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  8. ^ “The foundation – Karel Appel Foundation”. karelappelfoundation.com.
  9. ^ Alberge, Dalya (14 February 2012). “Dutch artist’s works found in British warehouse”. The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  10. ^ ARS list of Artists Represent, Section “A”

External links[edit]

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