Flatland

In 1884, Edwin A. Abbott published a delightful social commentary entitled _Flatland: A romance of many dimensions_, based on the world of geometry. In this world, women are points and men are line segments, or if they are of higher class, polygons–triangles, squares, pentagons, etc. The highest class are the circles. One day the high class men are having a convention. The doors are locked and protected. Suddenly a point appears in the middle of the room. The leaders exclaim, “How did a woman get in here?” The point becomes a small circle, then a larger circle, then smaller, then a point again, and it disappears. Can you guess what has happened? A sphere has passed thru Flatland. We 21st century geniuses think we have everything figured out. Could it be that there is a dimension that can see us and affect our lives, but which we can’t calculate, measure and control? Email me at hope (the number four) at CenturyTel.net and tell me what you think, especially if you’ve read the book.

Funny antismoking songs

The following is the songlist of my 16-song CD of humorous antismoking songs, with the artwork done by artist Michael Martino, a fellow resident of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The CD and songbook are available for $15 each from hope4you@centurytel.net

1. Jingle Bells, Smoking Smells
2. My Name Is Flem
3. Pop! Goes the Air Sac
4. Censored by a Cigarette
5. One More Cigarette (Thirty Things to Do with a Dead Camel)
6. Free as a Bird
7. Inside of Young Smoker
8. My Body
9. We Three Queens
10. A New Wrinkle
11. One Hundred Kisses
12. My Sky
13. La Cigaracha
14. My Bro
15. Nicotine Fit
16. When the Camel Is Put Out

NOTE: The songs on this album are not intended to cause disrespect for people who smoke or who view tobacco as a sacred gift. They are meant as a challenge to those who promote this deadly, addictive substance, and as a way to encourage people to choose freedom and health.

I would welcome any questions regarding this album, which has received international acclaim.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE SONGS OF DAN EUMURIAN:
“Thank you very much [for the song] “Censored by a Cigarette.” The satire is excellent and the content very appropriate. I found myself wishing there were even more verses to further develop the rationalizations and dissipations experienced by smokers. ”
Prof. Richard W. Pollay,
Curator History of Advertising Archives
The University of British Columbia
“… I think that [the title] “Censored By a Cigarette” is more straight-forward in its message…you don’t need to know any other political info to get the message it is true no matter what nationality or interest group is hearing it. ”
Dr. J. Leslie Oganowski
Professor Emeritus of Health Education
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“The “Flem” song is appropriately disgusting, the “100 Kisses” is very powerful, and the messages of “Censored by a Cigarette II and the song about a fire/death caused by a cigarette are right on. ”
Anna White
Global Partnerships for Tobacco Control
Essential Action
Washington, DC
“‘Pop goes the air sac’ favourite lyric so far! Josquin des Pres had nothing like that. …”
Dr. David Simpson
Editor, Tobacco Control newsletter
London, England
“Thanks for music with such MEANING!”
Mary & [Dr.] Craig Bartos
Onalaska, Wisconsin
“…a CD containing non-smoking jingles that I think is an excellent tool for teachers of young school kids. I could see a teacher setting aside 15 minutes per week engaging the students in a sing-a-long in tandem with the CD.”

Jack Lohman
Director, Wisconsin Institute on Smoking & Health
Sincerely,

Dan Eumurian, B. Mus. in Mus. Ed., M. A. in Theological Studies
Registered Piano Technician
The Piano Technicians Guild, Inc.
dba Eumurian Piano Sales & Service and
Come Thru Music Co., BMI
1634 Barlow St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 788-8637
cell 790-8863
hope4you@centurytel.net
www.PianosNSongs.com

FREE

Back in the 1970s I earned a master’s degree in theological studies from Wheaton College Graduate School. My major professor was Dr. Charles Horne. Dr. Horne was also a musician whose major instruments were French horn and cello. On one occasion I directed a volunteer choir of grad students in a song for grad chapel, with Dr. Horne playing cello and students playing, respectively, classical guitar, flute and violin. In our Theology of Salvation class, Dr. Horne shared a three part concept: Historical fact: Christ died and arose; theological interpretation: to forgive us and justify us before God; ethical summons: How do we respond? Dr. Horne passed away shortly after that, but his widow gave me permission to expand his concept into the following: It’s a solid Fact of history: Jesus lived, died, arose.
The Maker stepped into the game, took our side against our foes.
Common sense demands it–the facts are clear to see.
Faith understands it and acts accordingly,
And we are FREE!

The Reason was forgiveness–the love that brings salvation.
He paid our sin taxes, bought our justification.
With him when they nailed him to die upon the cross
Were all the ways we’ve failed him; he pulled victory out of loss,
And we are FREE!

All this doesn’t matter unless it moves the heart.
There must be an Encounter for the healing work to start–
The Holy Spirit’s working to strike the waking chord,
Causing us to turn and follow, calling on the Lord,
And we are FREE!

Then comes the Expression of humble gratitude,
For reaching down to save us, to cleanse us by his blood.
We look for ways to thank him by serving him and others,
Praising him and sharing with our sisters and brothers,
And we are FREE!

Fact, Reason, Encounter, Expression, FREE!

© 2013, Dan Eumurian, in “Shiny Tim and the Hum Bugs.”

Someone has said that becoming a true Christian is as easy as falling off a throne–and inviting Jesus to take his proper place. What turned my life around was realizing that I didn’t have to do all the fighting and seeking for myself; Jesus had won the battle for me and wanted me to be his friend. See John 10:27-30, and respond as your heart tells you to. God would love to hear from you. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Adam, the Watchmaker, and Darwin

Yesterday I showed the three pastors of my church an article by Andrew J. Wilson, published in Christianity Today magazine in October, 2013, entitled “Where Do We Come From?” Wilson suggests that it is possible to believe in a literal Adam and Eve, as did John Milton, author of the famous poem Paradise Lost, while still believing that the universe was designed and that it came about through the process of evolution.

One pastor commented that the main point of the creation accounts in the Book of Genesis had to do with the issue of obedience. God created our wonderful world and gave us freedom within limits. We have rebelled against God and rejected the limits he has imposed.

Another pastor raised the issue of the sin of Adam and Eve and how the Bible says it led to death. God said in Genesis 2, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” If the earth was created 6,000 years ago and there was no death until Adam and Eve sinned, how could there be fossils of dead animals and plant dating back millions of years?

The third pastor asked about transitional species. If God created plants and animals “according to their kinds,” and if there are no fossils of plants and animals part way from one species to another, how could evolution have occurred?

My pastors and I agree that God created everything. I believe that he did so in a way that fits with what most scientists believe–basically starting with a Big Bang around 14 billion years ago. You might say that another big bang occurred when God entered human history in the Person of Jesus Christ around 2,000 years ago. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead could be compared to a big bang, and when a person gives his heart to Jesus and is forgiven for his or her sins, still another “big bang” happens. This leads to an exciting, expansive adventure of new life guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, producing results that will last for eternity!

My first pastor was right. Genesis is about obedience–not the submissive obedience that stifles curiosity, inquiry and challenge, but the “obedience” of a lamp cord when it discovers it was intended to be plugged into a wall socket.

My second pastor was right: sin leads to death. Adultery creates alienation in a marriage. Deception and betrayal by political leaders leads to a loss of trust and respect. Abusing and neglecting our bodies can result in a loss of muscle tissue, liver function and brain cells. The creation accounts in Genesis make this point, but also look ahead to the redemption that would be offered by Jesus sacrificial death, similar to the protective and covering coats of skins given to Adam and Eve. Dr. Davis Young responds to the surface meaning of the Genesis text by pointing to an ancient lava formation with fossils under it. See his book Christianity and the Age of the Earth.

My third pastor was right in a way. If God “evolved” the earth over a long period of time, there should be transitional fossils. Darrell Falk discusses some of these fossils in his book Coming to Peace with Science, starting around page 102. John H. Walton, in Genesis Unbound, talks about  the real meaning of the biblical creation accounts.

Vic Eliason of the VCY Radio Network recently criticized Pat Robertson of TV’s 700 Club for speaking out in support of theistic evolution. Mr. Eliason is passionate about his late date (6,000 years ago) creationist beliefs, just as I was when I held similar beliefs decades ago. The Bible warns us, though, about “zeal without knowledge.” The good news of new life in relationship to Jesus does not depend on adherence to a shallow interpretation of biblical texts.

Brother Sly

I’ve heard from two sources that Sylvester Stallone has become a Christian. I’m delighted! A close friend asked me many years ago how I felt about hearing that Bob Dylan had made the same decision. I told him that I was excited that Bob’s deep social conscience had connected with the embodiment of goodness. Among the challenges Bob faced were the death of his friend Keith Green; being asked to declare his faith in public arenas before fit had developed a strong enough root system, and pressure from opponents of the good news of Jesus. It was interesting, though, that one unlikely commentator wrote at the time that in view of the glorious sounds of Bob’s first Christian album, “Slow Train Coming,” he found himself “temporarily on the side of the angels.” Another established secular musician who became a follower of Jesus around that time was Richie Furay, of Poco, Buffalo Springfield, and Souther, Hillman and Furay. Richie wrote in the title song of his album “I’ve Got a Reason, ” “Take your time, don’t stumble and run. Night has fallen but the morning will come.” I pray that God will protect Sly and help him to grow in his faith. My musical response was inspired by a poster designed by art teacher Rodney Bohner, of Story City, Iowa. It showed the old farmer from the American Gothic/Kellogg’s Corn Flakes painting. The man was dressed in overalls, with a sweat band, bulging muscles, and his pitchfork held at an angle. The caption read, “Farmbo: The most productive man in the world will be back.” I wrote a song entitled “Farmbo,” contacted Mr. Bohner, obtained permission to publish the song, giving him a royalty percentage, and put the song on my “Farm Country” cassette, now a CD. The song compares the American farmer to Stallone’s Johnny Rambo. Paul Leithold of Leithold Music here in La Crosse, Wisconsin, did a great job of producing the song. The CD is available at Leithold Music or by contacting me at hope4you@centurytel.net.

My Current Publications

I currently have two CDs on the market. “Farm Country” is a collection of 20 family farm and gospel songs, mostly original, but including “What You Gonna Do If the Rain Don’t Come” by David H>B> Drake of Milwaukee, and “Let’s Keep It In the Family” with lyrics by Ted Townsend and music taken from “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” “Censored by a Cigarette” consists of 15 funny antismoking songs and one inspirational song, “My Sky.” It’s available on CD or in lead sheet songbook format. Educators who purchase the CD and songbook are welcome to make copies of the lyric sheets, included, for classroom use. Each of the three items is priced at $12, plus $3 shipping and handling. My songs have put me on the front page of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune three times, along with other statewide newspapers, and have earned national and international coverage by the Associated Press and Paul Harvey News and Comment. Questions and interviews are welcome at hope4you@centurytel.net.

Who Am I

Over 30 years ago someone told me I had a gift of gab and a line of baloney. I took it as a compliment. Now I have a gift of gab, a line of baloney, and a blog. I also have you, my valued reader! I’ll try not to disappoint you, and I’ll welcome your response to what I write, and will look forward to reading what you write.

I’m a Registered Piano Technician in The Piano Technicians Guild, Inc., a music teacher and a songwriter-poet-playwright-performer, as well as the happy husband of Lizz, son of John and the late Adeline, brother of Jane, and uncle and great-uncle of some fine folks. Lizz’s and my dog is Mischa and our cat is Coda. We have good family and good friends.

I’ve learned a lot through many years of formal study in music education, piano service, theology, along with courses in counselor education and music therapy. I’ve also learned from my relationships with God, family and friends, and a variety of media, including public radio. I’ve learned a few things from living with the effects of polio since I was ten months old, and from a first marriage that lasted nineteen years. To quote from Neil Enloe’s song “Statue of Liberty,” “I’m so glad to be called a Christian.” I try to be a “bridge builder” too.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to publish over 50 songs, most of them original, and hope to publish a lot more. I’ve written five musical plays and am working on writing projects dealing with piano playing, the science of origins and more. I’ve had piano students ranging in age from four to 89, along with hundreds of kids I’ve served as a teacher or substitute teacher. I’ve spoken and sung to audiences large and small, young and old. I’ve done a little preaching and written a few guest editorials and letters to the editor.

I’m not very good at technology, but I hope soon to be able to offer songs online through iTunes and CDs through CDBaby or some other service. My current CDs include “Farm Country” and “Censored by a Cigarette.” For more info about CDs and performances, email me at hope4you@centurytel.net. Tell me about yourself.

Some of my favorite books and recordings include: Eternity in Their Hearts, by Don Richardson; “Mercy in the Maze,” by Michael Kelly Blanchard; “Love Broke Thru,” by Phil Keaggy; Random Designer, by Richard Colling; “Slow Train Coming,” by Bob Dylan, and the music of trombonist and singer Bill Pearce. I sing, play piano and trombone, and fake it on a few other instruments. I’ve been privileged to know musician John Bernadot of Winona for some 30 years, and to have performed with him on a number of occasions.

Plenty for now! Best wishes to you and yours! Be in touch!

“Dan the La Crosse Piano Man”

Thanks!

Hello, friends! Thanks to Eric Sayward for my old website and my upcoming one, PianosNSongs.com. Decades ago I wrote “Fast Track Railroad” when Congress put the North American Free Trade Agreement, “NAFTA,” on the “fast track”–little debate, no amendments. It produced mixed results. Now Congress is trying to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership–TPP–on the fast track. Please contact your member of Congress–Ron Kind or whoever–to slow down the train! This thing could have some really negative consequences for our society as well as for our economy.