Our Founding Fathers were thinkers, role models, and musicians. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and many others built America on “28 Fundamental principles”. They began studying musical instruments as children helping to develop their minds. Music is a powerful tool for motivating, inspiring, educating and soothing pain.
Founding Fathers 28 Fundamental principles: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2517643/posts
This month’s blog and Radio show celebrates the life of Orrin Hatch “seventh term Utah senator”, “President Pro Tempore of the Senate”, lawyer, musician, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and songwriter.
Also included are articles on music to aid in healing and tips to improve your child’s study skills during the summer. Our article of the month is “What Legacy Will You Leave?” By Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM
Radio Show Feature Question for July 2016: How does Classical Music play apart of Orrin Hatch’s life as a “seventh term Utah senator”, “President Pro Tempore of the Senate”, lawyer, musician, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and song writer and what musical instruments does he play?”
Orrin Hatch is in his “seventh term as Utah’s senator, the most senior Republican in the Senate”, “recently assumed the role of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate” (second highest ranking official of the United States Senate)”, attorney, husband to Elaine Hansen Hatch, father of 6 children, grandfather to 23 grandchildren, great grandfather to 14 great-grandchildren, musician and composer of more than 300 songs.
Orrin Hatch was born on March 22, 1934 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to Jesse Hatch and his wife Helen Frances Kamm Hatch. Orrin Hatch’s “great-grandfather Jeremiah Hatch was the founder of Vernal, Utah.”
Growing Up Years of Orrin Hatch:
(From Senator Orrin Hatch’s August 14, 2003 interview with Former Mayor of Springdale, Utah, Phillip K. Bimstein.)
Senator Orrin Hatch: “When I was born—it was during the Depression—my folks lost their little bandbox home, and my dad borrowed 100 dollars from a friend and they bought an acre of ground in the hills of Pittsburgh, and then he tore down a burned-out building and built us a home that did not have any indoor facilities. We had to use an outhouse approximately a hundred yards away; and we were poor during that period of time, but working hard to try and become something.”
“When I was six years old my mother had me take about six months of piano, so I learned all the hymns; I became the ole pump organist in our little branch of the church, and later when they got an electronic organ I was able to play that. I even could play, at that time; I could play the foot pedals… I don’t think I could do that today. But, in junior high school and high school my mother had an old violin, and she asked me if I would learn how to play the violin, so I played the violin, became a concertmaster in the high school orchestra; I think, went to all-state orchestra, but the minute I finished high school I quit the violin and haven’t played it since, even though I’ve always like the instrument. But, my folks used to pull together 18 dollars and 75 cents every year for season passes—season tickets—to the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra , which at that time was one of the top five in the world. Vladimir Bakaleinikoff was the conductor – later, Fritz Reiner. There were some great conductors of the Pittsburgh Symphony, but I saw the great artists: Fritz Kreisler, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Arthur Rubinstein, … Vladimir Horowitz. … I saw them all; and I have to admit I was more interested in athletics, but “I was absolutely fascinated by music……”
“You know I could very easily have gone into a mode where I wasn’t as sensitive as I’ve audibly become and I think it was the music part of my life during those years and my mother’s kind care and treatment that caused me to realize that there’s a very soft, sensitive, wonderful, sophisticated part of life that is equally as wonderful as sports. I have to say sports were the greatest interest at the time, but I’ve never forgotten the music and I remember, in fact, one of the Christmas songs we’ve recently written was called “The Old Upright Piano,” because we had an old battered upright piano in our home, and I had a lot of sisters and my brother had been killed in the Second World War and we would gather around the piano—we all played the piano—and we’d all sing and play the piano; and especially during the holidays and especially Christmas time. That old upright piano.”
He was the first in his family to go to college. He went to Brigham Young University and graduated with his history degree in 1959. He went on to the University of Pittsburg School of Law receiving his J.D.in 1962.
“While he was a law student, he worked as a janitor, a construction worker in the Wood, Wire and Metal Lathers Union (putting plaster on walls), and as a dormitory desk attendant.”
Senator Orrin Hatch said, “When I went to college, I had a little 45 rpm” , record player, … “and I would listen to Rachmaninoff, Beethoven,…Mozart, Schumann…Just name it, I would listen to those when I studied, and I’ve always been able to study better with Classical music.”
After graduating law school he “worked as an attorney in Pittsburgh and in Utah.”
When did Orrin Hatch Get into politics?
Orrin Hatch in 1976 ran for the Senate and won against Democrat Frank Moss who had been 18 years in the Senate. Mr. Hatch said, “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” Mr. Hatch’s argument was that Moss “had loss touch with his constituents.” Senator Hatch “has been re-elected four times” and “in 2007 he became the longest –serving Senator in Utah history.”
Senator Orrin Hatch began composing in 1995. He said, “I didn’t realize I could write music…When Janice Kapp Perry caught me at a funeral and said, “I heard you write poetry,” and Senator Hatch said, “ For my own consumption.” Ms. Perry said, “Well, how about writing some songs with me?” Senator Hatch said, “Gee, I’d kinda like to do that, so I sat down that weekend and wrote ten songs, that basically became our first CD, “My God is Love.”
Since that time Senator Hatch has written songs with the Osmonds, Madeline Stone, Billy Hinsche of the Beach Boy band, and several others. In Senator Hatch’s book, “Square Peg”, he wrote about his 4 hour plane rides back and forth from Washington to his home in Salt Lake City and that it “was a time of reflection and introspect” and gave him “the opportunity to look at people and problems in a different light.”
Senator Hatch wrote “Heal Our Land,” “performed at George W. Bush’s second inauguration, “Souls Along the Way,” which he wrote for Ted Kennedy and his wife (the song was also featured in the movie Ocean’s Twelve).” Senator Hatch also wrote a song called “The Answer’s Not in Washington.”
Legacy of Senator Orrin Hatch:
*“Balanced Budget Amendment: Hatch has been a longtime advocate of amending the United States Constitution to require that total spending of the federal government for any fiscal year not succeed total receipts. During his time in the Senate, Hatch has sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment 17 times—4 times as lead sponsor and 13 times as a co-sponsor.”
* “Mandates that total budgetary outlays for any fiscal year not exceed total revenues. Caps federal spending at 20 percent of GDP.”
*“Requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress every fiscal year. Requires two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate on any measure that raises taxes.”
*“Includes provisions that can be waived if there is a formal declaration of war, if the U.S. is engaged in a military conflict constituting a threat to national security, or if two-thirds of both the House and Senate approve.”
* “The Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Utah School Trust Lands Exchange Act.”
* “Senator Hatch continues to lead in the fight to repeal Obamacare. He is on the front lines of legislative battles to secure the nation’s borders, stop the forced unionization of American workers, and to bring fiscal restraint back to Washington by ending the reckless spending that threatens to bankrupt the nation.”
Orrin Hatch is a “seventh term Utah senator”, “President Pro Tempore of the Senate”, lawyer, musician, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and songwriter.
“What Legacy Will You Leave?” By Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM
Who do you help? What problem do you solve?
Ben Franklin was our oldest and perhaps wisest of the Founding Fathers, at 70 years of age, when he signed the “Declaration of Independence”.
Ben Franklin grew up with16 siblings. He was the fifteenth and “youngest son” of Josiah Franklin, soap and candle maker, and his second wife Abiah Folger Franklin. Ben had 9 full siblings and 7 half siblings. At an early age Ben became an excellent reader and did well at the “Boston Latin School”. When Ben was 10, his father ran out of money to send him to school. So Ben came to work full time with his father at the soap and candle store. When he was 12, Ben was apprenticed to his older brother, James who taught him newspaper publishing.
When Franklin was 20 years old, he developed his character by creating a system of “Thirteen Virtues” to live by. “1. Temperance 2. Silence. 3. Order 4. Resolution 5. Frugality 6. Industry 7. Sincerity 8. Justice 9. Moderation 10. Cleanliness 11. Tranquility 12. Chastity 13. Humility”
Franklin’s “13 Virtues” are timeless. These are the virtues that molded Franklin into a strong thinker and role model for the future. He worked on one virtue each week. Benjamin Franklin said, “Tho’ I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavor, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it.” We all need “virtues” to live and strive for!
At twenty-two years of age, Franklin opened his printing shop and his newspaper, the “Pennsylvania Gazette”. His newspaper was both well read and profitable and later his book “Poor Richard’s Almanack” became a best seller in the colonies. In Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey he became the official printer, printing documents, laws, and money. He also helped begin newspapers in Connecticut, New York, and in the West Indies.
Ben Franklin everyday of his life wanted to make the lives around him better. He asked himself two questions daily.
Every morning he asked himself, “What good shall I do this day?” Every evening he asked himself, “What good have I done today?”
Every day Franklin took that first step to make someone else’s life better. When Franklin saw a need he filled it. He built the “First Lending Library in America”, the “First Fire Department in Pennsylvania,” establishing the first hospital, “Pennsylvania Hospital”, and when he saw families suffering from losing their homes to fire he helped establish the “Philadelphia Contribution for Insurance Against Loss by Fire.” When New Jersey had a problem with counterfeit money, he developed “a currency with anti-counterfeiting techniques”. Ben Franklin enjoyed helping others solve their problems, creating legacies that have lasted over 240 years.
So what are the three questions you should ask your self each day?
1) What virtue will I work on this week? Remember, it is never too late to grow and change. http://www.thirteenvirtues.com
2) Just as Benjamin Franklin asked himself each morning, ask yourself, “What good shall I do this day?”
3) Every evening ask yourself Benjamin Franklin’s question, “What good have I done today?”
By helping others you will have great satisfaction and leave a lasting legacy just as Benjamin Franklin did. ©2016 Madeline Frank
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How to keep your child’s school skills current during the summer:
1) This summer find out what programs your library has for your child. Share with your child the joys of reading in your home every evening.
2) Are you planning to take your child on vacation this summer? How about having a journal for your child to write in about their vacation? Ask them what they learned about each place they visited and what did they enjoy most about each place?
3) Ask your child to help you cook dinner for the family by having them help you with a recipe. They will be reading and assisting in measuring out ingredients, which will help them in both math and science.
4) The local science and history museums offer classes for children. Find one that will be most interesting to your child.
5) Have your child help you make up Flash Cards in bright colors and letters to learn multiplication tables and vocabulary words.
“Music as Medicine: Why a New Kind of Neuro-Rehab Is Taking Off” (May 31, 2016) by Rebecca Strong from the Huffingtonpost.com.
“Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT): the therapeutic application of musical components to address cognitive, sensory and motor dysfunctions. In recent years, NMT has progressed rapidly primarily due to advancements in brain-imaging technologies, which have revealed the brain’s plasticity (its ability to change) and also the different networks in the brain that music can activate.”
Med Rhythm founders, Brian Harris and Owen McCarthy’s “Mission since day one has been figuring out how to get NMT to the people who need it. A lot of people need help, and unfortunately, we’re likely going to see a shortage of therapists in the coming years.” Their “software platform will include sensors and machine learning capabilities that can record data from movement, as well as proprietary algorithms that use music and can respond in real-time like a therapist would.”
“The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is now available in book form, and newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook:
“Musical Notes On Math” by Dr. Madeline Frank teaches your child fractions and decimals, the fun way, through the rhythm of music, Winner of the Parent To Parent Adding Wisdom Award is now available in book form, newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook.
Tips on how to use “Musical Notes On Math”
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Wishing you and your family a happy and safe July 4th! Your Non-Invasive Medicine Music Expert, Madeline
For over 30 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through Classical music. Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM is an award winning teacher, author, researcher, speaker and concert artist. She has found a scientific link between studying and/or listening to musical instruments and academic and societal success. Madeline Frank earned her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Her education has included scholarships at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the University of Cincinnati and she has a violin performance diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts. (C) 2016 Madeline Frank.