Our Music Our Selves


First Thursday Symphonies: Revised Schedule and Topics — Hijri Calendar

Posted in First Thursday Symphonies,Programming by Lester Knibbs on the October 26th, 2012

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth


November 1, 2012:

Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
“Danse Macabre” (for Halloween)


Muharram
1434 (November 15, 2012):

Dimitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 1
“Europe’s 20th Century: Wha’ Happen?”


7 Safar 1434 (December 20, 2012):

Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31, “Christmas Sonata”
“The Messiah, Revisited”


5 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1434 (January 17, 2013):

William Grant Still, Symphony No. 2, “Song of a New Race”
“Dr. King, Imam Mohammed, and the Legacy of Leadership”

 

Yaum-ul-Khamees (Thursday), 16 Dhul-Hijjah 1433 (November 1, 2012) — Danse Macabre

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the October 26th, 2012

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″ between 8:00 and 8:45, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS COMING THURSDAY, November 1, 2012 — 16th of Dhul-Hijjah 1433:

Our First Thursday Symphony is Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8 (composed in 1822, the “Unfinished”). We at Our Music Our Selves are listening to this symphony the day after Halloween because of its suggestion (especially in the first movement) of the macabre. The concept of the macabre comes straight out of the Qur’an, the 71st soorah, in fact — alhaakum-ut-takaathir, hatta zurtum-ul-maqaabir (“accumulating material wealth diverts you, until you reach the graves”). “Maqaabir” (macabre) means “graves”, in Arabic.

We have an upcoming change in our schedule. Starting on Thursday, November 15, 2012, of the Christian calendar, we will begin sharing our First Thursday Symphony on the first Thursday of each month in the Hijri calendar. The first of Muharram of the year 1434 of the Hijri calendar falls on a Thursday (“Yaum-ul-Khamees” — literally, “Day Five”), and this coincides with November 15th.

In addition, I am still calling on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the Mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

Please join Brother Solomon and myself for this very special experience.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The newly launched American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Yaum-ul-Khamees (Thursday), 9 Dhul-Hijjah 1433 (October 25, 2012) — Danse Macabre

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the October 19th, 2012

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″ between 8:00 and 8:45, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS COMING THURSDAY, October 25, 2012 — 9th of Dhul-Hijjah 1433:

In preparation for our next First Thursday Symphony, which will be Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) on November 1, we at Our Music Our Selves plan to listen to some music associated with the idea of the macabre. October 31 is HalloweenAll Hallows’ Eve — and November 1 is the feast of All Hallows. The first movement of Schubert’s two-movement symphony (hence the nickname, “unfinished”) captures the mood of the macabre and, therefore, I chose it for the Halloween season. I hate Halloween (along with New Year’s Day, and other foolish occasions), but the concept of the macabre comes straight out of the Qur’an, the 71st soorah, in fact — alhaakum-ut-takaathir, hatta zurtum-ul-maqaabir (“accumulating material wealth diverts you, until you reach the graves”). “Maqaabir” (macabre) means “graves”, in Arabic.

I was unable to upload music for last week’s program. In shaa’Allah (Allah willing), that problem will be solved in the next few days. Also, we had a rather lively discussion last Thursday and did not listen to any of the music originally planned, even if it had already been uploaded.

So, once again, we plan to share with you, among other possibilities, Franz Liszt‘s Piano Concerto No. 2, with its suggestions of Totentanz (German for danse macabre), and Camille Saint-SaensPiano Concerto No. 2, also. Also possible are The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Saint-Saens’ little fantasy for piano and orchestra, entitled Africa, and another danse macabre scherzo by Gustav Mahler — this one from his seventh symphony.

And — I am still calling on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the Mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

Please join Brother Solomon and myself for this very special experience.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The newly launched American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Yaum-ul-Khamees (Thursday), 2 Dhul-Hijjah 1433 (October 18, 2012) — Danse Macabre

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the October 13th, 2012

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″ between 8:00 and 8:45, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS COMING THURSDAY, October 18, 2012 — 2nd of Dhul-Hijjah 1433:

In preparation for our next First Thursday Symphony, which will be Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) on November 1, we at Our Music Our Selves plan to listen to some music associated with the idea of the macabre. October 31 is HalloweenAll Hallows’ Eve — and November 1 is the feast of All Hallows. The first movement of Schubert’s two-movement symphony (hence the nickname, “unfinished”) captures the mood of the macabre and, therefore, I chose it for the Halloween season. I hate Halloween (along with New Year’s Day, and other foolish occasions), but the concept of the macabre comes straight out of the Qur’an, the 71st soorah, in fact — alhaakum-ut-takaathir, hatta zurtum-ul-maqaabir (“accumulating material wealth diverts you, until you reach the graves”). “Maqaabir” (macabre) means “graves”, in Arabic.

We plan to share with you Franz Liszt‘s Piano Concerto No. 2, with its suggestions of Totentanz (German for danse macabre), and Camille Saint-SaensPiano Concerto No. 2, also. Also possible are The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Saint-Saens’ little fantasy for piano and orchestra, entitled Africa, and another danse macabre scherzo by Gustav Mahler — this one from his seventh symphony.

And — I am still calling on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the Mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

Please join Brother Solomon and myself for this very special experience.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The newly launched American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Yaum-ul-Khamees (Thursday), 25 Dhul-Qa`dah 1433 (October 11, 2012) — Danse Macabre

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the October 5th, 2012

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″ between 8:00 and 8:45, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

The American Muslim 360 website:
http://americanmuslim360.com/

The newly launched American Muslim 360 Purple Politics website:
http://paper.li/AmeriMuslim360/1348707714
(or find the link at http://americanmuslim360.com/)

Purple Politics seeks to bring fair balanced reporting on the issues that matter in the lives of everyday people because we care about the state of our world. Peace is our vision, mission and hope for all of humanity! Your comments matter to us. Peace 2U!

THIS COMING THURSDAY, October 11, 2012 — 25th of Dhul-Qa`dah 1433:

In preparation for our next First Thursday Symphony, which will be Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) on November 1, we at Our Music Our Selves plan to listen to music associated with the idea of the macabre. October 31 is HalloweenAll Hallows’ Eve — and November 1 is the feast of All Hallows. The first movement of Schubert’s two-movement symphony (hence the nickname, “unfinished”) captures the mood of the macabre and, therefore, I chose it for the Halloween season. I hate Halloween (along with New Year’s Day, and any other foolish occasions), but the concept of the macabre comes straight out of the Qur’an, the 71st soorah, in fact — alhaakum-ut-takaathir, hatta zurtum-ul-maqaabir (“accumulating material wealth diverts you, until you reach the graves”). “Maqaabir” (macabre) means “graves”, in Arabic.

First on the list of musical numbers will be French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre (1874) for violin and orchestra. This delightful little fantasy is based on the descending bass pattern of the chacone, and in featuring the violin connects to both our 18th and 19th century African American ancestors — for whom the violin was the no. 1 instrument — and to our Andalusian ancestors, the Moors — who had introduced the violin to the Europeans during the Europeans’ Dark Ages. The idea of the danse macabre — the dance of death (in English), or the Totentanz (in German) — was an obsession of Europeans in those days.

In addition, we plan to share with you other works by Camille Saint-Saens, as well as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas (another French composer). Also in our plans are Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, because of its passages reminiscent of the Totentanz, and the second movement of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (which is a danse macabre, complete with a featured solo violin).

We also plan to continue our new weekly segment — Solomon Speaks. Allah willing, from 8:00 to 8:15, Brother Solomon will discuss “Obstacles to Learning to Read the Qur’an” or related subjects.

Also: Money. MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY. MONEY! We are intensely interested in talking about money. So we’ll do that.

And — I am still calling on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the Mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.

(It has been pointed out to me that reading the Qur’an, in and of itself, will not make you a good person. Duh! That part is up to you. But — wouldn’t it help to know the way?)

Please join Brother Solomon and myself for this very special experience.

Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries

and

Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an

Thanks.

Take it easy.

Brother Lester