Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Peace. Not war.

It makes me sad that congress will not pursue peace. It makes me sad that the president won't work with the Congress, but its pretty clear a majority of congress will NOT negotiate with Iran. Congress is right, technically, that an executive treaty is against the constitution and may fall under a new administration. That said, it would have made us look less divided had we issued the letter to the press and to the president, or even in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Post. We have an adversarial relationship with Iran. It may be because we overthrew their democratically elected government in 1953. 25 years later when the people rebelled against the Shah (who we installed as a dictator in 1953) the revolution in the street overran the US embassy and took prisoners. Revolutions are messy. Then we financially backed Saddam Hussain and sold him chemical weapons that Saddam used on Iran.. until he grew out of control and we had to deal with the tyrant we put in power. I'm sure Iran and its people are afraid what we will do next. Iran has never attacked a sovereign nation without provocation (Iraq war) They are alleged to have backed terrorism, of course, but most of it is presumed, not proven. We have to be careful of course, trust but verify, but we have (get this) 45 miltary bases around the perimeter of Iran. If we do come to an agreement, and they break it, we could destroy them in 20 minutes. This will end, either in peace or in war. I prefer and pray for peace. I pray for our congress and our president, that they may find consensus. That they may work for peace and toil long and hard before they send more of our kids into war.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Majority will always Vote for Democracy

It should come as no surprise that the majority of people want democracy.

I keep hearing the the idea of promoting democracy throughout the world is a good thing.

But is it?

In California, the law was recently overturned, against the opinion of the majority… so the people voted to overturn the law.. and then the law overturned the vote of the people again.. In New Jersey, the Republican governor is saying he may overturn a law and put the decision to the people, because he feels the law has been misinterpreted.

Now, some may think this conversation is about Gay marriage. It isn’t. Its about the rule of law vs. the rule of the majority.. democracy.

When a law is popular, there is little rebellion. That is because the majority of people agree with it. When a law goes against what the majority believe, however, rebellion comes. There is unrest. The rule of law is viewed as tyranny.

That’s because the majority will always vote for democracy.

Think about it, in the United States, its probably safe to say that Christians, Whites and heterosexuals want democracy.. for now, at least.

But, its also safe to say this:

The poor don’t want a democracy.

African Americans don’t want a democracy.

Jews don’t want a democracy.

Homosexuals don’t want a democracy.

The homeless don’t want a democracy.

Orphans don’t want a democracy.

The unborn don’t want a democracy.

The United States is not a Democracy. It is a Constitutionally-limited Republic. (They don’t teach that in our schools anymore.)

The constitution wasn’t written so that the majority will get what they want. The constitution was written to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

That’s why the majority will always vote for a democracy.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I was writing with a friend and we were talking about musical styles. I told him the story of when I first wanted a quality stereo system. I was walking through a Hi-Fi shop (ha.. that’s what we called them then) and they were playing a half-speed mastered disk of Crime Of The Century, Supertramp’s first LP. The song that was playing was SCHOOL.

My friend is a few years younger than I am and he didn’t know the song. I quickly did a youtube search and found it. I turned up the monitors and played it for him, relating my recollection of my first hearing..

I was walking past a set of speakers at the end of the first verse while the guitars were slowly building. There were the sounds of children playing in the background as the tension in the music slowly wound up.. they were laughing and yellling. As the guitars wound up... I was dead center between the speakers.. a little girl screamed, just a split second before the band kicked in, and when they did. It was Electric!

I stopped in my tracks and turned 90 degrees and stood there for the remainder of the song. Wow. Within a month I owned a thousand dollar stereo component set. It was the best money I ever spent.

As I relived that moment with my friend, I couldn’t help but think this was before click tracks and midi, and pro-tools, and autotune. Before engineers could individually move wave-forms around independently on their individual tracks. Before they could cut and paste cuts in place and comp vocals and instrumental takes with a swipe of the mouse.

This was the definition of synergy. As we listenened to the band go from full on jamming, back to a break-down half-way through the 5 1/2 minute song, my friend said, “this would never happen in today’s music” . I’m hoping that’s not true. I’m hoping that there’s room for this type of magic to happen again. Even though it might be on ear-buds, instead, I long for my kids to feel the way I felt the first time I heard that little girl scream.

The moment I spoke of occurs at 1:44

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Hymn.

I’ve been colaborating with a great writer from Houston. Eva and I have written a few tunes together and recently she asked me to write a hymn with her.

When we were researching the hymn, Eva sent me a link to a sermon on the subject. It turned out that the sermon was an all-night sermon from new year’s eve, 1960. The speaker was W.A. Criswell. Wally Amos Criswell was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas from the mid 40’s until the mid 90’s. Pastor Criswell dedicated my two oldest children. He was a gentle soul with a powerful passion for the gospel and people.

The sermon was entitled, “The Scarlet Thread”, the same title we had chosen for our hymn, and was about the common thread of God’s holy sacrifice throughout the history of mankind. Amazingly, the audio tape of the sermon was available in the W.A. Criswell library online! It was amazing to me to listen to a sermon from so long ago, and to be so moved and enlightened. It was an exciting find.

W.A. died in 2002. First Baptist Dallas has had eight senior pastors since its beginning, but only two pastors, George Truett and Dr. W.A. Criswell, for the period between the church’s founding in 1897 through 1995.

The hymn, SCARLET THREAD is the result. Here’s a video of the demo:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rain Is Rain.

photo.bQ60Z9FfpOTN.jpgFor my birthday, I was treated to a concert last night at the Fillmore in Detroit. Headlining was Jonsi, (Pronounced Yonsi) who is the lead singer for Segor Rόs. Iceland anyone?

To say it was good is an understatement. In fact, the communication of text on page doesn’t really have the means to convey what I want to communicate. The concert was a blast to the senses. A massage for the mind. It was very beautiful. It went from subdued to boisterous. The only way it could have been more complete, from a sensory standpoint, would be if they passed specific things to eat upon crucial downbeats and then generated smells that could waft through the audience as the mood of the music shifted.

It drew upon the talents of so many people, from the player who played the vibraphone with a bow, to the fantastic shadow, fractal, and stop-frame animations upon the full-stage backdrop of a barren forrest, to the lighting artist who It was really amazing.
All this in the beautiful Fillmore, which is a turn-of-the-20th-century opera house that has survived the 21st century economy.

I am continually amazed at how God reveals his creativity. Furthermore, when it is revealed through those who may not even know who He is. How the rain falls upon the just and the unjust... but, is still rain.. life giving, inspiring, thirst-quenching, glorious rain.

If you’re interested in the show details, here’s a couple of videos that tell about the making of the show:

Someone shot a video of the encore at the actual concert in Detroit...

Friday, November 5, 2010

You Can Change The World


A while back I was thinking about free will. How, in the midst of a omnipotent power, we are each handed the ability to choose. How we are given the choice, each day, between our own agendas and a higher agenda.

In the mix, of course, are the evil forces that control this world at present. This makes the choices much muddier than they otherwise would be. Most would admit that “a higher calling” is downplayed in this world we live.

For those of us fortunate enough to have been brought up by God-fearing parents, we have a better perception than most. But even given that advantage, I find the choices more and more obscured as our hearts acclimate to a colder and colder world.

It’s amazing to me that people will choose to rebel against the creator, and yet, how can I dare be amazed when I do it myself everyday.

It was in one of these thoughtful times I sat down and wrote a lyric. Know, as I remember, its been almost 5 years. I got a message a few weeks back that a publisher wants to sign the song and start pitching it. I’d almost forgotten about it.

I may ruffle some feathers with this song, and you may have a theological difference with me on this. To be honest, I struggle with it still. I know that there’s a plan and a knowledge of our lives, but I also know our free will is a part of that plan and that knowledge. Perhaps you struggle with it, as well. Let me know what you think.

When I wrote the lyric, I tried to give it a musical life, but ended up asking a friend of mine to put it to music.

Alan Johnston is a great songwriter from the state of West Virginia, and he has a voice and life that can speak truth into these lyrics. Alan’s had songs nominated for IBMA’s song of the year, and has had his songs sung by the legendary greats of bluegrass.

When Alan sent me the track, he urged me to add some piano. I decided it was just right where it was, and frankly, I was scared to add anything more.

Here’s a link to the demo: YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Here’s the lyric:

You Can Change The World
(But you can’t change me)
©2010 Tim Wheeler, Alan Johnston

You can change the world, but you can’t change me
You can change the world, but you can’t change me
And If I don’t let you, you can’t change my legacy

You can lead a horse to water
You can force a horse to drink
You can get inside a horse’s head
And teach him how to think, and

You can change the world, but you can’t change me        
You can change the world, but you can’t change me
And If I don’t let you, you can’t change my legacy

You can stage a protest
You can change the laws
You can march on Washington
And stand up for your cause, and

You can change the world, but you can’t change me
You can change the world, but you can’t change me
And If I don’t let you, you can’t change my legacy

You can be for the devil
You can be for the Lord
You can be for the president
Don’t care who you’re working for, cause

You can change the world, but you can’t change me
You can change the world, but you can’t change me
And If I don’t let you, you can’t change my legacy

You can walk on water
You can heal the blind
You can offer me forgiveness
It don’t matter ‘cause you’ll find that

You can change the world, but you can’t change me
You can change the world, but you can’t change me
See, If I don’t let you, you can’t change my legacy
If I don’t let you, you can’t change my legacy

Thursday, July 22, 2010

If it's not from you


All I have. All I do. If its all my own. If its not from you.
it will fall away. It will not hold true. It will surely die if its not from you.