CARLOS PANIAGUA’S “BASS NEVEL”

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever…” :)

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

Bowl Lyre 01

Bowl Lyre 01

Bowl Lyre 02

Bowl Lyre 02

Bowl Lyre 03

Bowl Lyre 03

Bowl Lyre 04

Bowl Lyre 04

2014-04-10 @ 19:00 CDT

Luthier Carlos Paniagua has finished the twelve-string bowl lyre I ordered from him. It certainly should serve well as a “bass nevel (נבל)” once it arrives. The case is not yet ready and after it is, final arrangements for shipping of both lyre and case must be made. But if all goes well, I’ll have the instrument in hand and ready to learn to play, months in advance of travel to my church’s Feast of Tabernacles site in Boerne, TX. After that performance, we shall see what opportunities arise.

The photos have been retouched, making them a bit less dark, and also they’re smaller than the originals. The tuning pegs and strings on the lyre are modern (fluorocarbon in the case of the strings, if memory serves). I will be…

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TWO AIMS OF PERSONALITY TYPE THEORY

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

One more piece of truth to help me fulfill my aspiration: “My reason for being is CHANGE…” :)

Originally posted on Island, Sea and Sky:

Cat in Box (Original Photo c/o Facebook)

Cat in Box (Original Photo c/o Facebook)

2014-04-08 @ 10:45 CDT

Abuse of personality type theory has led many to feel it “puts them in boxes”. This should not be. The theory helps explain what you do; it doesn’t define who you are. Ironically, what I prefer to do, so explained theoretically, makes me unusually apt to fall into the “put someone else into a box” fallacy. But a fallacy it is all the same and to overcome it, I meditate more than ever on the truth of “do-not-are”. The Beatitudes, so closely linked to this whole issue, describes “do-not-are” and so should scientific application of what lies behind the Beatitudes (which is what Carl Jung discovered independently in other terms).

Here is one such meditation: As a shorthand I might be described as an “extravert” or, more specifically, an “ENFP”. But using such shorthands risks creating…

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THE MYSTERIOUS BACK RIDGES ON BAR KOKHBA KINNOROT

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

A mystery solved from a quarter I didn’t expect…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

Bar Kokhba Kinnor (Buttonized)

Bar Kokhba Kinnor (Buttonized)

2014-04-07 @ 09:36 CDT

Why do some of the lyres (presumably the kinnorot) represented on the bar Kokhba coins have back ridges? They imitate the back ridges on the backs of Greek kitharas, apparently. Consider this citation from The Journal of Hellenic Studies:

In an appendix to their article ‘Lute-Players in Greek Art’ (JHS lxxxv [1965], 62–71) R. A. Higgins and R. P. Winnington-Ingram included useful material on the shape of the kithara, with a list of representations that attempt to show the depth and shape of the back of the kithara sound-box. The list includes a mid-sixth-century metope from Delphi, back views from late fifth-century to late fourth-century coins, Hellenistic terra-cottas, and a back view on a late second- or early first-century relief, Athens National Museum 1966. These more-or-less three-dimensional objects show us a characteristic of the kithara that…

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EIGHT “EXTINCT” MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS (MENTAL FLOSS)

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Albeit some have been revived… :)

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

Ancient Horns (c/o Rien_Photo / Flickr)

Ancient Horns (c/o Rien_Photo / Flickr)

2014-04-04 @ 19:12 CST

Well, not all of them are truly extinct, since they have been revived in more or less historical forms. Still a fascinating set to consider. (Michael Levy, who plays the kinnor and the nevel in modern forms, has a video featured on this page.)

(יוחנן רכב הסופר)

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AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Don’t we wish… :D LOL

Originally posted on The Adobo Chronicles:

Photo credit: AP

Photo credit: AP

Chicago, Illinois - The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder.

The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self  and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.

APA said there are three levels of the disorder:

  • Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
  • Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
  • Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self  round the clock and posting…

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CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA ON BIBLICAL CHANT – PART 01

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Clement of Alexandria’s comparison of the Greek *skolion (the one surviving example of which is the Epitaph of Seikilos) to the Hebrew Psalms seems commonly misunderstood – particularly by people, even some dedicated scholars, who want to read into the Psalms more excitement of the passions and drives of man than they were intended to provoke. Here is the truth as the Bible and history reveal it on the subject.

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

Orpheus: Roman Mosaic (c/o Wikipedia)

Orpheus: Roman Mosaic (c/o Wikipedia)

2014-04-03 @ 05:35 CDT

Ever since I encountered the works of Clement of Alexandria in translation a number of years ago, I’ve been wanting to review what he wrote about the music of his time (for example, that of the mysteries of Orpheus as illustrated above) compared to that of the Hebrews of biblical times, and why. Certain claims have been made about what he wrote which seem aimed to justify one or another model of “biblical chant” which simply doesn’t fit the one and only source which can tell us anything in detail about it (the simplest and most complete possible explanation of the significance and meaning of the “Masoretic accents”).

There is a statement ascribed to Clement of Alexandria in Suzanne Haik-Vantoura’s French book, but it comes second-hand from a French book on music which I can’t access now. When I…

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THE CROSS AND THE COSMOS: ISSUE 18

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

The editor said this on the Facebook page of TC2: “STARBRIGHT literally blew me away. Rakkav’s ability to tell a story that is rich and full of backstory and coherence to a central time line makes anything he puts out worth a read.” (I’m still trying to find my jaw as it bounced after hitting the floor!) :D

Originally posted on Tales of the Undying Singer:

TC2 Issue 18

TC2 Issue 18

2014-04-02 @ 09:30 CDT

Issue 18 of THE CROSS AND THE COSMOS (PDF) is out! For some reason I can’t get the color of the original cover to translate over into JPG, even after resetting Adobe Acrobat’s defaults. Ah well, the grayscale image is interesting enough.

The editor has this bon mot to say on TC2′s Facebook page: Starbright literally blew me away. Rakkav’s [my] ability to tell a story that is rich and full of backstory and coherence to a central time line makes anything he puts out worth a read.” His introduction within the issue is equally piquant, but I’ll let you discover that for yourself. :D I may yet use the first blurb in my first anthology, if I ever have one.

And then there’s the next author’s story… it had me practically at “hello”, long though it is (I have yet…

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MENTHE WINTERGREEN’S DUGDUG

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

This is the first story I’ve written and published “solo” outside of the e-zine THE CROSS AND THE COSMOS in a very long time… and one day, I hope, before said magazine releases its next issue with another story of mine beginning there…

Originally posted on Tales of the Undying Singer:

Menthe's Peak (Photo c/o Facebook)

Menthe’s Peak (Photo c/o Facebook)

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Menthe Wintergreen (c/o JonathonArt.com)

Menthe Wintergreen (c/o JonathonArt.com)

For Kivsah and the Wombmate

The Fifth Timeline

“Thank you, Samris,” said Miryam as I handed her a glass filled with ice and liquid. I’d already given another to Menthe, who was seated to Miryam’s right on one of the two chaise lawn chairs placed on the west side of the balcony. It was late morning on Kandar’s fifth world, Phuxios, and the high, tilted wooden half-roof standing over the chairs could no longer hide the women from Kandar’s golden light. They didn’t mind, even given Aldaos Island’s year-round tropical heat and humidity.

“What kind of mint did you use for the tea?” Miryam asked after she took a sip. She was a Starbard Level Five, a recent graduate at that level, and one of the very, very few Lightchildren, male or female, permitted to command a Deep Space…

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HANS HERGOT: WHEN HUMANISTS CRITIQUE SACRED ART

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

So nice I blogged it twice (here with my own commentary)…

Originally posted on The Hind of the Dawn:

Dante's Paradise (c/o Wikipedia.com)

Dante’s Paradise (c/o Wikipedia.com)

2014-03-28 @ 06:30 CST

Sometimes I wonder if humanists really listen to what they’re saying. You can’t limit yourself with any sound logic to the physical – as humanists must when they’re faced with the wonderful in nature and in art – and speak of transcendence in the same breath. But then, one of the greatest ironies in the world is that humanists and their fellow travelers, precisely because they boast so much in their logic, may be the least human and the least logical people alive. Not that vanity (by definition intellectual) is any better or worse than jealousy (so closely associated with “natural believers” such as myself), lust, or greed (all perversions of fundamental temperamental drives) in goading one to sound thinking…

Albert Einstein’s bon mot about living as if everything is a miracle notwithstanding, the one thing nature can’t be – save…

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When humanists critique sacred art

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

> It is no wonder that, as novelist John C. Wright recently said, “Christianity…can properly take credit for the novel, the cathedral, and polyphonic music [while] antichristianity…can properly take credit for absurdism, cubism, atonal music…”

Originally posted on The New Authors Fellowship:

Guest Blogger: Hans Hergot

What might a humanist writer have to say about the importance of sacred art? Quite a lot actually.

The basic premise of the article is that if you ignore the whole “god” thing, sacred art is important because it remind us how very, very human we are. An unsurprising point from a humanist.

One might dismiss this article as the typical narcissistic navel-gazing, but there’s actually some really interesting stuff. Let’s unpack it a bit. The author says this:

“There is, however, another sense in which we can think about the sacred in art. Not so much as an expression of the divine but, paradoxically perhaps, more an exploration of what it means to be human; what it is to be human not in the here and now, not in our immediacy, nor merely in our physicality, but in a more transcendental sense.”

Not bad. The…

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