In Leaves of Grass , , he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. This monumental work chanted praises to the body as well as to the soul, and found beauty and Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give. Poetry Foundation. Back to Previous. By Walt Whitman. Through the windows—through doors—burst like a ruthless force,.
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation,. Into the school where the scholar is studying,. Leave not the bridegroom quiet—no happiness must he have now with his bride,. Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, ploughing his field or gathering his grain,. So fierce you whirr and pound you drums—so shrill you bugles blow. In addition, "making melody" in Ephesians refers literally to plucking the string of a musical instrument such as a harp.
The Bible leaves Christians free to use instruments if they choose. Words can, and should, express spiritual truth. Colossians says that all our conversations should be "full of grace, seasoned with salt.
But can the lyrics be "Christian"? Not technically. Christian means "follower of Christ. If the writer or singer is less than a perfect role model, it only matters if that knowledge distracts the listener from the message of the song. If the drum beat is distracting to one person, he or she is free to worship the Lord with drum-less music.
And an a cappella praise song can be just as worshipful as one with instrumental accompaniment. God gave us music to enjoy and to build us up. As Psalm says, "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him. Share this page on:. Find Out How to I've always said Eric Clapton was my main influence," he said, "but Jimmy Page was actually more the way I am, in a reckless-abandon kind of way. Now look where we are. If that's not the American dream, what is? Eddie and his brother Alex formed a band in Upon its release in , the band's album Van Halen reached number 19 on the Billboard pop music charts, becoming one of rock's most commercially successful debuts.
Van Halen was awarded three patents related to guitars: a folding prop to support a guitar in a flat position,  a tension-adjusting tailpiece ,  and an ornamental design for a headstock.
In February , Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a program that provides musical instruments to students in low-income schools.
In , Van Halen made his first guitar endorsement by launching the Baretta model with Kramer. This partnership lasted a decade. Van Halen's first string endorsement deal happened around when Ernie Ball launched the EVH line of guitar strings. In , Van Halen collaborated with Peavey Electronics to develop a series of amplifiers and cabinets, collectively called the series, which ended in In , the first EVH branded amplifiers were produced by Fender, followed shortly after by a limited-edition " Frankenstrat " inspired guitar.
In they continued to press forward on the guitar front by releasing the Wolfgang-inspired EVH guitar line. The brand has since expanded to include additional guitars and accessories. Van Halen's instrumental solo " Eruption ", which was voted number 2 in Guitar World ' s readers poll of the " Greatest Guitar Solos",   showcased a solo technique called tapping , using both left and right hands on the guitar neck.
Although he popularized tapping, he did not invent the technique, which had been used by flamenco guitarists for at least a century, as well as the likes of Western virtuosos like Paganini on both violin and guitar. Eddie is a fine player, of course, and he's the one who named the technique. He was doing a pull-off to an open string, and I thought wait a minute, open string I can do that, but what if I use my finger as the nut and move it around?
I just kind of took it and ran with it. Until it expired in , Van Halen held a patent for a flip-out support device that attaches to the rear of the electric guitar. Van Halen used custom equipment throughout his career. His original choice of guitar was a Gibson Les Paul , for which he replaced the original P90 pickup on the bridge with a humbucker in order to sound like Eric Clapton. He is most associated with the Frankenstrat, a custom guitar he built from parts. The tremolo arm was originally taken from a Fender Stratocaster , and was later replaced with a Floyd Rose arm.
The guitar had a single Gibson PAF patent applied for bridge pickup from a Gibson ES , which he enclosed with paraffin wax to prevent feedback.
The Frankenstrat was originally painted black, but was recoated with Schwinn red bicycle paint in For Van Halen's tour, and early television appearances, he used a Wolfgang USA guitar with a black finish and ebony fretboard. This is the only Van Halen recording that the guitar was used for. The mini-Les Paul was made by Nashville luthier David Petschulat, and was pitched and sold to him during a tour stop in Nashville, Tennessee.
He later purchased a second mini-LP guitar, built to slightly different specs; the first being a honey-sunburst with mini-humbuckers, and the second being dark wine-red with a thicker body and full-size humbuckers. In an interview with Guitar World in , Van Halen stated that his guitar sound style which he called "brown sound" is " It comes from the person. If the person doesn't even know what that type of tone I'm talking about is, they can't really work towards it, can they?
It was Alex's. From the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour, Van Halen played guitar throughout the concerts, while the keyboards were played backstage by touring keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald up through , a fact kept low-key in the press. The following year, Eddie proposed to his girlfriend, Janie Liszewski, an actress and stuntwoman who was Van Halen's publicist at the time.
Van Halen struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse. He began smoking and drinking at the age of 12, and he stated that he eventually needed alcohol to function. Suffering from lingering injuries from past, high-risk, acrobatic stage performances and crashes, Van Halen underwent hip replacement surgery in , after his chronic avascular necrosis , with which he was diagnosed in , became unbearable.
The subsequent surgery removed roughly a third of his tongue. He was declared cancer-free in I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything.
But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it's possible. In , Van Halen underwent emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis.
His son Wolfgang confirmed his passing on social media later that same day. Smith , and Charlie Benante from Anthrax , and Dierks Bentley gave speeches as a tribute to his career. Smith from a February show, which was hosted by Valerie Bertinelli. The collection included several albums, along with photographs by Neil Zlozower , and several CDs.
The library also uploaded Van Halen's albums to Hoopla. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American rock musician. Van Halen performing in the late s with his Frankenstrat. Amsterdam , Netherlands. Santa Monica, California , U. Valerie Bertinelli.
Janie Liszewski. Hard rock heavy metal. Warner Bros. Main article: Van Halen. Main article: Tapping. Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13,
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