Baby-boomers and the generations that follow are often 'hooked on music'. It brought us comfort in our youth and as we age, brings us comfort again. This post is about Masonic ear/brain comfort music - music which makes us also do something subconsciously: think!
If you're not familiar with the recent CD from Netherlands Mason Harm Timmerman's "The Temple of Humanity" you should IMMEDIATELY punch that link and order it. Don't wait until tomorrow. Do it now! You'll thank me for this.
It's Masonic music unlike any you've ever heard before and it will speak to you on so many different levels that you'll find yourself putting it on the top of your play list. You'll recommend it to others again and again. Whether you're esoterically-minded or a 'meat and potatoes' Mason like this writer, you'll be very pleased with this choice. I'd suggest you get the CD version ($20) compared to the MP3 one ($8.99) because you can easily move the songs to your iPhone or iPod and you'll be able to lend it to Brothers as well.
A now Past Grand Master recently told a group of Masons about his visit to our state's Veterans' Home. The Grand Lodge officers were doing a degree and there were several Brothers who'd been wheeled in totally unaware of their surroundings. Aprons were placed on them in their wheelchairs but due to dementia, they were, in effect, lost.
Doing the ritual slowly in full form so that Brethren who'd not been in lodge for years could savor it, the GM knew fully well that some of these men wouldn't know what had happened. While going through the ritual, though, he began to notice something quite curious. Several of these men who were introduced to him by the staff as 'completely disconnected' were beginning to look to the NEXT officer who was to speak. The words of ritual they were hearing were so very much a part of their life that even though they couldn't communicate with the world or understand what was going on around them, they knew that when the Senior Warden was speaking certain words, the Junior Warden would speak next. This, my Brothers, explains 'By hearing we are taught' in a more poignant way than all the words in the world.
Enjoy your iPhone listening....