Wyandotte Lodge No. 3, AF & AM

Message from the East

MUSIC

Music is that elevated science which effects the passions by sound.

My Heroes are musicians and singers. I have a passion for songwriting and have tried to surround myself with like minded people, from harmonica players to poets. If we talk very long you may find part of our conversation is in a song.

I am a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. I'm with the Kansas City Chapter. We get together and study the science of Songwriting. Some of the parts of a song are, "The Intro, verse, chorus, lead break, and bridge". I find the most important part of a song to be the hook. The hook is the part that makes you want to listen to the song. For instance, from the song, "Teach your Children" written by Gram Nash, performed by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the hook states "YOU WHO ARE ON THE ROAD MUST HAVE A CODE THAT YOU CAN LIVE BY".

As a boy, when perplexed with a problem, I would ask my mother, what should I do? Wise as my mother was, she would not know what to say at times, and would simply state "JUST DO WHAT'S RIGHT". Not easy to asses. We need a code to live by. Ive found that Masonry provides that code to live by and should not be kept secret.

Every song or story needs to be tied to it's end, so, I'll leave you with this hook from a Beatles son, "LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED".

W.M. Garry Bichelmeyer