Don’t Deliberately Kill Innocent People

This is a true story that I found out about through a mutual friend online. These are all his words, not mine, and his name is Caleb Jones. Abortion is a very personal issue for Caleb, as it is with me. I’m sharing his story with his permission. He also asked that if you like what he has to say, please share it with everyone you know!

 

Don’t Deliberately Kill Innocent People

“Would you like to support Planned Parenthood?” she asked.

I tensed up. I had avoided the last volunteer with a blunt “not really,” but I took the bait this time. I let out a mildly congenial reply with a smile which invited an explanation of why they were standing on the street corner in Crystal City: “Support Planned Parenthood in what?”

“We’re trying to support women’s health in…” began the typical talking point about the dire straits for women in the country. Apparently the motivation behind this particular solicitation was that Arizona and some other state had cut off State funding of Planned Parenthood and grant money for facilities across the country is in danger of blah, blah, blah. Whenever she referred to the governor of Arizona as “he” in this conversation, I knew I wasn’t exactly at a wellspring of reliable information about the subject at hand. So, at about the point where she was asking me to sign a petition or give a donation, “just five dollars,” I cut to the chase.

“Well, the whole abortion thing really makes me uncomfortable,” I gently offered.

“But that’s only three percent of the services we offer.”

Oh yeah: I was ready for this one.

“Yeah, but even if you only kill people three percent of the time, that still makes me uncomfortable.”

There was an awkward silence, and I looked away a little bit and nodded.

“But they’re not really killed,” she said.

“You mean they survive?” I asked, genuinely surprised by a response I had never heard.  [Read more…]

If I Were the Devil…

IF I WERE THE DEVIL …

If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. 

And I’d have a third of it’s real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. 

So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. 

I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

“To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is [Read more…]

Seth Miller’s Senior Recital! (videos)

Thank you to everyone who came to my Senior Recital and who has supported me over the years! It was an awesome performance and meant so much to me that so many of you could make it out over here! Thank you so much to my piano accompaniment Lotus Cheng and my multi-percussion accompanists Ryan Connors, Sean Rode, and Ben Andrews! I’d also now like to publicly give thanks to God for giving me my talent, and I pray that I can continue to use my music as a means of giving praise back to God!

Raise the Roof (Timpani Concerto with Piano Accompaniment) – by Michael Daugherty

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ENj-95JJ_E]

Gospel Reflections (Vibraphone Solo) – by Stuart Sacks

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNFk6JLjJHI&feature=relmfu]

Musetta’s Watlz (Marimba Solo) – Puccini, arr. Sammut

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlS5YQeIIOs]

Rite of Passage (Marimba Concerto with Multi-Percussion Trio Accompaniment) – by Jesse Monkman

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcuGU-ie-PQ&feature=youtu.be]

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Josh’s Funeral Arrangements

Josh’s Funeral Arrangements.
Hamilton Funeral Home
116 South Liberty Street
Orwigsburg, PA 17961
Wed. April 4-viewing 6-8pm
Thurs. April 5-viewing 9-10am/service 10am/pot-luck lunch afterward at Blue Mountain Christian Retreat.
Burial at a later date TBA.

One of my best friends went home to be with the Lord today.

UPDATE:

Josh’s Funeral Arrangements
Hamilton Funeral Home
116 South Liberty Street
Orwigsburg, PA 17961
Wed. April 4-viewing 6-8pm
Thurs. April 5-viewing 9-10am/service 10am/pot-luck lunch afterward at Blue Mountain Christian Retreat.
Burial at a later date TBA.

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I haven’t cried this much in a very long time. It’s very difficult and hard to imagine right now that it is all real, but I know that God is good and that he always has a plan. My friend’s name was Joshua Attilio Eifert. Josh was a husband, son, and great friend to many. He was born 10/3/1988 and died today on 3/31/2012. I considered Josh one of my brothers. We met when at the Blue Mountain Christian Retreat when I was still in high school. We were both dishwashers in the kitchens. Josh and I became very close, and he even posted on his own facebook at times about him and I being “Bros for Life.” If he was still around, he would have most-certainly been one of my groomsmen when I get married someday.

Josh had medical issues in this life that caused him a great deal of pain. I don’t personally know each and every detail, but I know part of it was his hip. I know he had several hip surgeries, and that in recent months, there was a problem with medications. He ended up in the hospital for a period, on a lot of meds, and I had actually heard then that he wasn’t expected to live long. But then he started [Read more…]

I am officially going to be published!

No, nothing that I wrote on here. Not yet anyways, but that is in the works, and will hopefully come around in the near future! 🙂

But as for my music, HoneyRock Publications (who publish percussion literature) wants to publish my arrangement of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” for Marimba and Vibraphone!

If you haven’t seen the video before of my friend Ryan and I performing the piece on our Junior Percussion Recital and would like to see it, here it is:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUIsEb5-wqA&feature=relmfu]

It’s cool how the whole thing happened. “Clair de Lune” is one of my all time favorite pieces of music, and I thought it would be a great addition to our recital last year, so I arranged it. We got to perform the piece at school, as well as in a concert down in Costa Rica last Spring Break, which was really exciting!

As you can see above, the video was posted on YouTube, and I started to get some inquiries from other players who wanted to purchase the piece so that they could play it as well. I started to sell the piece online, and people would pay me via my PayPal. I told one of my percussion professor’s that I was doing this, and he told me that I should contact HoneyRock and see if they’d be interested in publishing the piece. I kinda/sort of worked with HoneyRock in the past with a piece of music that one of my professors wrote, called “Mirror Images.” It was a Vibraphone solo with Tape accompaniment, and he wanted to rearrange the piece for Vibraphone Solo with Percussion Ensemble. I have been arranging and rewriting music for my percussion professors since I came to West Chester, so my professor asked me if I’d like to help him out, and help him figure out how to arrange the electronic sounds into percussion instruments, and then notate it all in the music notation software Sibelius, since I’m handy with that program.

If you’d like to see the piece (with tape, not percussion ensemble), you can view that here:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzqOys_e1hI]

HoneyRock was very pleased with the work we did on the piece, and I get a mention in the new publication of the piece.

So anyway, that’s how I sort of worked with HoneyRock before, and I’ve purchased several of their pieces myself, and am playing one on my senior recital next month. (Video to come next month) I went to their website to figure out how to contact them, and it said:

[ 1/1/2011 – Please note – at this time, we are not accepting new submissions. ]

Please note: generally, we do not seek transcriptions of pop/classical pieces, arranged for percussion instruments; 
nor marching percussion features.

So I thought, “Well darn, my piece is a transcription, and they’re not accepting anything new.” But then I figured, eh, what the heck, that I have nothing to lose! So I contacted them anyway. I explained who I was, the work I had done before with “Mirror Images,” and sent the video of my performance. I got a response the next night, and the guy loved it! He told me he wanted to get in touch with me and asked me to call him the next morning (which was this morning). I called him, and he told me that he was looking forward to my call all morning! He told me that they normally don’t accept transcriptions, but that the loves “Clair de Lune” and really liked my arrangement. He then asked me what other music I was working on, because he said that everyone they publish, they like to have them publish more music for them in the future. And that’s great! Because now I have a reason to finish other arrangements I’ve been working on! He then went on to ask me if I’d be interested in arranging Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for either two marimbas or for marimba and vibraphone! So if I do a good job with that, I may get that published as well!

Now, I most-likely will not make a ton of money off of these pieces, but it’s still a great resume booster, and this company sells percussion literature all over the world. So it will get my name and my music out to the music world around the world, so that’s a big bonus!

So that’s my exciting news! I wasn’t ever planning on being published, but now it looks like I’ll have a relationship with this company and be able to more works published in the future! Thanks everyone who supported me and wished me luck! God bless!

-Seth

How to Decide Who to Marry: By Kids

I found this little gem on the internet. Enjoy!

How to Decide Who to Marry: By Kids

Kids contemplate marriage.

How would you make your marriage work?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
Ricky, age 10

How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
Derrick, age 8

What do you think your mom and dad have in common?
Both don’t want any more kids.
Lori, age 8

What do most people do on a date?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure?)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
Martin, age 10

What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
Craig, age 9

When is it okay to kiss someone?
When they’re rich.
Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
Howard, age 8

What is the right age to get married?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.
Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)

Is it better to be single or married?
I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.
Theodore, age 8

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

How do you decide whom to marry?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
Kristen, age 10