Martina Keast Paint Pouring
Expressive Art Practitioner, Author, Musician, YouTube Creator, Online Course Creator, Workshop Facilitator and student; working toward her doctorate.
Music has the power to call people.
It has the strength to turn heads and change hearts.
It can also turn people back to God, and I believe it is still its purpose.
It is clear that music is one of the most powerful communicative media we have,
and the depth of how it communicates and what it communicates,
we are just beginning to understand.
Music calls people to get in touch with their dreams and memories. Melodies are written, so they touch the person's life experience by engaging with the songs.  I will never forget watching ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest on British Television in 1974. Anyone watching felt the shift, the power of the musical waves flowing through the TV screen. Still living in Germany, barely knowing any English, Waterloo had me dancing and singing.
Still, today, when I listen to Dan the Banjo Man, I get up and move with the music.  A couple of years ago, at the beginning of Covid, I listened to ‘70s music while walking down ten floors to get exercise. What joy the music brought! How easy it was to move along with the beat. I also listened to the Bee Gees, remembering the days when You Should be Dancing came out.  From Dan the Banjo Man to the Bee Gees and then ABBA, the list of dancing songs is endless.
In later years, attending a charismatic church, I learned about the song of the Lord and how He releases healing power, deliverance, and incredible joy in services.
The Song of the Lord still seeks to be released through
us—sometimes as a roar of love that releases power, a furious sound of warfare,
a groaning of intercession, and often a song of praise.
Sometimes I miss those days when I ran through the church with a lady who had quadriplegia. She sat in her chair as I pushed her while I ran “through the camp.” I remember her giggles and laughter. Even she experienced incredible joy. She was disappointed not to receive her healing, but she felt like her old self, active and free for at least a short time.
People can be destroyed or built up by music. I remember attending charismatic church services and floating to the highest heavens imaginable, and then on the way home, all hell would break loose. The family's heart was ripped to shreds by any attempt at communication. We didn’t know if we should cry or run away. The devil joined us on the ride home. He stayed.
is alive and sings praises to God. Nature is a praying song that, at times, is
sweet and melodious and at other times fast and furious in temp.
Sitting by the campfire while the kids were swimming or boating, my heart would sing songs of gratefulness. There was peace—no fighting about money. For the moment, I forgot how disappointed I was with how my life was moving forward.
Floating on the waters, gently kicking my feet and moving my arms, I imagined the anger, hatred, and inner rage toward abusers would drift away. I didn't know how to live without darkness. Yes, music made me smile; it carried me beyond pain and suffering and took me to Heaven, even if just for a moment.
In my opinion, the elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm generate a response from the listener. Listening to the Erlking,  the River Moldau,  the Little Bell,  and the Hallelujah Chorus, in succession, one experiences ups and downs of terror and calmness, beauty and peace reflecting water running over the rocks, the hunt, and the dance or dreams. The story goes that the rising of the Hallelujah Chorus moved King George II  to stand in appreciation. Of course, everyone present at the concert stood up as well. They followed the King's example.
The harmony of a song can be beautiful or messy. It can capture the beauty of the piece of music and rapture one's body, mind, and spirit to the heavens. Or it can be disturbing because it is disjunct, bringing about confusion, fear, and terror.
I will forever associate the melody of “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”  with the movie called “The Net.” I can see Sandra Bullock sitting at her computer eating pizza and responding to emails. Suspense is building. I could hardly breathe while she was struggling to survive. Of course, as the story's hero, she saved the day.
when people believe in themselves,
they unleash power in themselves and resources around them
that almost immediately take them to a higher level 
We must first believe in our potential we are to do what we are capable of. 
My life was changed forever as I observed and followed my mentor's example. In retrospect, the years living in an abusive, chaotic, and sometimes violent home preoccupied my mind, forgetting my musical abilities. I had no talent like those who had been musicians for over forty years. Yet they joined me. I did not know or even imagine I had potential, much fewer capabilities in worship and music. I honestly had low skill but very high sensitivity toward the Spirit of God and what He was trying to accomplish.
God has had a plan for us to use our gifts and talents. We need to practice diligently and invest in lessons, not knowing the outcome of my faithfulness, even sacrificially. I have not always believed in myself. Despite my shortcomings, I do believe in my life verse, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)
He calls us through His voice, sound frequencies found in nature, and creating through man's God-given talents and abilities. He brings us to smile and be joyful. He offers opportunities to say yes, and move forward by faith into future adventures.
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 ABBA. Dancing Queen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s. (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson) © 1974 Polar Music International AB Published by: Universal/Union Songs AB Video produced by: Lasse Hallström
 Dan the Banjo Man Dan the Banjo Man. 1974
 The Bee Gees. You should be Dancing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI68A-rntIk
 Bedřich Smetana. Vlatva (or the river Moldau). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOI_RUZGEYw
 Franz Liszt. La Campanella (meaning "The Little Bell") is the nickname given to the third of six Grandes études de Paganini ("Grand Paganini Etudes"). The pianist is famous Valentina Lisitsa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuQAoPGrt0g
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 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Eine Kleine Nachtmusic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy2zDJPIgwc
 The Net - Trailer Sandra Bullock in the movie The Net.
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