"Christians and the Internet" newsletter CATI, Vol. 2, No. 11: July 30, 2001. _______________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. THE LEGENDARY PHIL KEAGGY: "WORLD'S GREATEST GUITARIST"? 2. MORE INFORMATION ON WORM THREAT: SIRCAM IS NO GENTLEMAN! 3. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER _______________________________________________________________ Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is Copyright (C) 2001 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact Barry Traver at email@example.com. Permission is hereby granted, however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1) no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety. To subscribe, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, including "Subscribe to CATI" in the Subject line and including in the body your real name and the email address to which you wish CATI sent. (To be removed from the emailing list, also write to email@example.com, but include "Remove from CATI List" in the Subject line.) _______________________________________________________________ 1. THE LEGENDARY PHIL KEAGGY: "WORLD'S GREATEST GUITARIST"? [If you prefer traditional Christian music to contemporary, Christian music, watch for relevant articles in future issues of CATI or check out CATI articles already published on Psalms and hymns. If you're interested in contemporary Christian music but not in Phil Keaggy, you should still read the end of this article.] Phil Keaggy is an amazing guitarist and a legend in his own right. Since he has chosen to concentrate on Christian music, he is perhaps not widely known by the general public, but his skill is appreciated by those who are serious about guitar, and you'll often find his name mentioned on Web music sites right along with other guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and others of similar stature. Since Phil Keaggy is so good, a number of legends have grown up relating to his unique skill. Here are two that may be the most widely circulated, as I heard them: Legend #1: Like Frodo in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Phil Keaggy has only nine fingers. Keaggy's amazing skill on the guitar is even more amazing, since he reportedly lost the middle finger on his right hand in a childhood accident that happened when he (four years old at the time, the story goes) climbed up on a farmyard pump to get a drink of water. Legend #2: Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix -- when asked, "How does it feel to be the world's greatest guitarist?" -- reportedly replied, "I don't know. You'll have to ask Phil Keaggy." One of these two legends is, in fact, fact, not fiction. Can you guess (or do you know) which one? Some stories too good to be true do turn out to be true, and it is also even true that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Well, I won't keep you wondering any longer. Legend #2 is almost certainly false (I'll say more about that later, and I'll include Phil's own comments on the subject), but Legend #1 -- although it is indeed the stuff of which legends are made -- is entirely true! Much more important than the legends, however, is the music. CAUTION: If you don't like "contemporary Christian music" or other modern music (e.g., jazz), you probably won't like Phil Keaggy (or at least some of Phil Keaggy). "Contemporary," of course, is a relative term, since his music goes back to the 1970's. He began with a group called Glass Harp in the late '60's and then in 1972 recorded What a Day, his first solo album. (Even after leaving Glass Harp, he has continued to get together with the other members for reunion concerts.) Our son, John Calvin, was born in 1977. He was a Phil Keaggy fan from year one. He didn't like to go to sleep at night until I carried/walked/danced him around the room listening to songs from Phil Keaggy's "What a Day" album. That was 24 years ago. This fall John will be entering the Ph.D. program in English at Notre Dame with a full tuition scholarship plus a Presidential fellowship, so I don't think the experience injured his mind any <grin>. Before I tell you where you can find examples of Phil Keaggy's music on the Web, here's some background material on him, taken from a past award-winning article in Guitar News Weekly: ______________________________ / "He has over 30 releases, played on hundreds of sessions and is highly regarded not only as a top notch musician and humble guy, but also as a respected man of God. Who is this guy? Phil Keaggy. You are asking yourself again, 'Who??' Chances are, unless you have been listening to Contemporary Christian Music you have never even heard the name. He has been voted top fingerstyle guitar player in Guitar Player Magazine and recently [1998?] won the Instrumentalist of the year Award in Nashville along with numerous other highly regarded awards. "Phil's music career began in Ohio where his 70's rock band Glass Harp had been opening for the likes of Yes, Grand Funk and the Kinks.... Phil's style is ever changing. His music has run the full spectrum from classical, jazz, pop, and Celtic. He has done numerous solo instrumental releases and his vocal albums have a Beatles flavor about them as well.... "His live shows have to be seen to truly appreciate his God- given talent. He taps chords and does percussive fills while ripping frets off his Olson and Zion guitars. His solo acoustic shows are highlighted with some mind boggling Jam Man effects and he will also tour with a band. He plays off the cuff and off the top of his head as his shows are filled with on the spot improvisations. He is a real person, sharing his life stories and God's grace from the stage. If the mood hits, he does a great Jerry Lewis impersonation and always has a great sense of humor. His singing voice is reminiscent of Paul McCartney at times...." http://www.guitarsite.com/PhilKeaggy.htm \______________________________ I've heard Phil Keaggy in concert several times, and I have always enjoyed it tremendously. Even though I don't play guitar myself, I watched an instructional video that he made, and I was amazed by his talent. I remember how his fingers sped along with dazzling speed even after he said something like "Now let me play that slowly, so that you more easily follow that 'riff.'" Phil Keaggy was not always a Christian, as Sandra Brenner noted in All-Music Guide: "They [Glass Harp] had a contract with Decca, toured the country several times, and had a growing base of devoted fans, many of whom were knocked out by Keaggy's lightning-fast guitar riffs and experimental sounds. At their pinnacle, Glass Harp was opening for such major acts as Iron Butterfly, Yes, Traffic and Chicago. It was a lot of fame to be heaped upon such young musicians, and it being the late '60s, Keaggy was exposed to and partook of his share of drugs. His life changed dramatically on February 14, 1970. While lying in a hotel room suffering from a bad LSD trip, his parents were involved in a head-on auto crash back in Ohio. His mother died soon afterward, and this spawned a crisis for Keaggy that led to his becoming a born-again Christian. In the early '70s, Keaggy took to testifying before bewildered Glass Harp listeners after their concerts." http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=By690s32ba3ng~C So where on the Web can you find examples of Phil Keaggy's music? There are a number of places. For example, the International Bible Society offers a free IBS screensaver with background music by Phil Keaggy: International Bible Society Screensaver http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/aboutibs/screensaver/ As Crossword.com comments, the pictures on the screensaver are also worthwhile: "Dynamic, compelling and beautiful images from around the world. With background music by Phil Keaggy. FREE download." http://www.crosssearch.com/Internet_and_Technology/Software/Screensavers/88568.php You can download some of Phil Keaggy's songs in MP3 format from his Web site, which you can find here: Official Phil Keaggy Site -- PhilKeaggy.com http://www.philkeaggy.com/ It's a little bit difficult to get to the MP3 files, but at least one of the following two links should get you there: Phil Keaggy: His Music: MP3 Download Agreement http://www.philkeaggy.com/mp3_agree.cfm Phil Keaggy: His Music: MP3 Download Page http://www.philkeaggy.com/mp3_download.cfm Currently four songs (or just plain jammin') are available: Praise Dance, Watt Ever, Jam in the Pocket, and (with Keith Moore?) Unto Me. The MP3 files are free downloads, but you do have to agree that you are downloading the files for personal use only. If you're unfamiliar with MP3 format, check out the following CATI article: The MP3 Music Revolution on the Internet: The Basics http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati02.htm#4 The following comments from CATI 2/10 may also be helpful to you: _______________________________ / "There are many software programs that will play MP3 files, including Windows Media Player and Winamp. Here's where you can download Windows Media Player 7.1: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/software/playerv7.asp "(If you're running Windows, you probably already have Windows Media Player installed, but you may want to upgrade to the latest version.) And here's where you can download Winamp Version 2.76: http://www.winamp.com/download/ "For MP3 sound files, I generally use Winamp (but I'm not sure that I can supply a good reason for doing so)." http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati55.htm#2 \_______________________________ You can find Phil Keaggy song samples (rather than complete songs) on various music sites that sell audio CD's, although the format is likely to be Real Audio or Windows Media rather than MP3 format. If that doesn't bother you, one such site you can check out is CDNOW.com: CDNOW.com http://www.cdnow.com/ Use the "Search by:" option at the top. Set it to "Artist" (if it is not already set for that), type in "Phil Keaggy" (without the quotation marks) in the next box, and click on "Go." You'll find lots to which to listen (but not entire songs, of course). What about Legend #2 concerning Phil Keaggy? Well, that legend continues to circulate, on and off the Web. Here's an example from earlier this year, from the March 22, 2001 issue of the Dallas Observer: "Eric Johnson and Phil Keaggy (whom Jimi Hendrix called the greatest guitar player in the world) perform this weekend." http://www.dallasobserver.com/issues/2001-03-22/calendar2.html Here's another example, from the May 18, 2001 issue of the Topeka Capital-Journal: "Keaggy once received a high compliment from psychedelic rocker Jimi Hendrix, who applauded him for his outstanding guitar work." http://cjonline.com/stories/051901/rel_keaggy.shtml The legend, however, is almost certainly false. Here is what Phil Keaggy himself has to say on the subject: "Well, to me it seems like an unverified rumor. Maybe someone said something and it went down the line and turned into something outlandish. After 22 years of hearing this thing you would think by now that someone would say 'Hey listen to this tape or this video that proves it.' Nobody has ever produced anything that gives it authenticity. I couldn't imagine that Hendrix or Clapton would have known me.... As far as the rumor, unless anyone can sit and show me proof I will not believe it." http://www.museweb.com/keaggy/keaggy_faq.html#B3 The timing is rather improbable, since it would have to have taken place no later than 1970, the year Jimi Hendrix died, and it would be near the beginning of Phil Keaggy's career (while he was with Glass Harp and before he released his first solo album, which was in 1972). The closest anyone has come to authenticating the legend (since no one has been able to show any documentation for such a statement by Hendrix) is someone's claim to have met someone who claimed he heard Hendrix say that Keaggy was one of the best "up-and-coming" guitarists (which is very different from calling Keaggy "the world's greatest guitarist"!). For further comments on the Jimi Hendrix/Phil Keaggy legend, see the following Web page: Urban Legends Reference Page: Music: Phil Keaggy http://www.snopes2.com/music/artists/keaggy.htm The fact that the legend persists in spite of its being very improbable is due, I think, to the fact that Phil Keaggy is indeed a very fine guitarist. The fact that the Jimi Hendrix story is unlikely does not take away from Keaggy's talents; rather, the persistence of the legend comes from the fact that Keaggy's guitar skills are indeed legendary. If you are seriously interested in Phil Keaggy, you will probably be interested in Glass Harp, of which he was and is one of the three members. If so, you'll be interested in the official Glass Harp Web site: Official Glass Harp Site http://www.glassharp.net You'll also be interested in their site at MP3.com: "Glass Harp's mp3.com site will be a place our friends and fans can download for free, obscure unreleased versions of songs and jam sessions. It's under construction at all times. Stay tuned for new mp3's and streaming audio ... or go to the Glass Harp Web Site." http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/216/glass_harp.html The following songs in MP3 format are available at Glass Harp's mp3.com site: Let's Live Together, Can You See Me?, Changes, Shades of Green, Overture for Guitar and Orchestra, Let All the Bells Ring, Child of the Universe, Garden, Children's Fantasy, Never Is A Long Time, Chalice Jam, Miles Long, Separation, Groovin' with Loops (Swampy), Flying Harp Bolero, Where Did My World Come From?, She Told Me, "Dit Dit Dit", No Place to Go. Here are some other Web pages or Web sites devoted or related to Phil Keaggy: Phil Keaggy Fans Online (lots of useful links here, some of them on-site, some off) http://www.pkfans.com/ More Phil Keaggy Web Sites http://www.pkfans.com/morelinks.html March of the Clouds: The Phil Keaggy Page http://www.pkfans.com/motc/ Way Back Home: A Phil Keaggy Home Page http://www.museweb.com/keaggy/ Phil Keaggy Information Phile http://www.museweb.com/keaggy/keaggy_faq.html GCN Live Talk Show with Phil Keaggy (July 8, 1999) http://www.gcnhome.com/asp/talk_transcript.asp?show_id=31 Phil Keaggy Albums for Purchase on the Web http://www.pkfans.com/pkcd.html You may be interested in contemporary Christian music in general and not interested in Phil Keaggy in particular. If so, you may like to check out the following sites: About.com: Christian Music: Home Page http://christianmusic.about.com/ About.com: Christian Music: MP3 http://christianmusic.about.com/cs/musicmp3/index.htm Christian MP3 Spotlight: Home Page http://my.homewithgod.com/mp3spotlight/ Christian MP3 Spotlight: Christian Rock ("149 free Christian rock MP3's", including Glass Harp) http://my.homewithgod.com/mp3spotlight/rock.htm Christian MP3 Spotlight: Contemporary Christian Pop ("60 free Christian pop MP3's") http://my.homewithgod.com/mp3spotlight/pop.htm Christian MP3 Spotlight: Praise & Worship ("58 free praise & worship MP3's") http://my.homewithgod.com/mp3spotlight/paw.htm One interesting site about which I expect to say more in a future issue of CATI is Dr. Richard Pratt's Third Millennium Ministries. Dr. Pratt has a Th.D. from Harvard University Divinity School and currently chairs the Old Testament Department at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. Here is a description of the project: "Third Millennium Ministries is dedicated to reforming Christian education in the third millennium by: providing free Christian education online resources; and producing high quality Christian education videos.... Our doctrinal standards are set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith together with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and we are closely affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America." http://www.thirdmill.org/about_frameset.asp That project has received the Calvin Award for Theology: "The Calvin Award for Theology is the highest Reformed Web Award in the category of theology offered by Caledonian Fire. It is awarded on the bases of theological content, web design, and currentness." http://www.thirdmill.org/about_frameset.asp Here is the home page for Third Millennium Ministries: Third Millennium Ministries: Reforming Christian Education for the Third Millennium: Home Page http://www.thirdmill.org/ So what does all this have to do with contemporary Christian music? Well, on that site there are some helpful pages that relate to Christian music: Third Millennium Ministries: Worship Resources: Music ("sheet music, lyrics, and digital recordings") http://www.thirdmill.org/worship/music.asp Third Millennium Ministries: Paul's Impact on Music: Michael Card (note three Michael Card MP3 files near bottom of Web page) http://www.thirdmill.org/Paul2/Michael_Card.asp Caution: When checking out contemporary Christian music, use your Christian discretion, since some artists are much more Biblical than others. I have appreciated Phil Keaggy (who is, as I said, a legend in his own right), and I can endorse enthusiastically the music of Michael Card. On the other hand, some contemporary Christian music I cannot commend to you. It is important that in this area you use Scripture as your guide. I have suggested some sites I think you may find helpful, but I do not necessarily endorse everything on those sites (although those people who are Reformed in background or conviction should find the Third Millennium Ministries site of special interest and usefulness). Enjoy! _______________________________________________________________ 2. MORE INFORMATION ON WORM THREAT: SIRCAM IS NO GENTLEMAN! Last month's CATI warned about a serious worm (virus) threat which is being passed around by email (which may come from someone you don't know or someone you do know): Serious Worm Threat: Don't Open That Email Attachment! http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati55.htm#1 After I sent out that issue, I have personally received two more such worms via email (one of which was sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org). (The worm, by the way, now has a name -- SirCam -- but in spite of the name is no gentleman!) In that article I included this warning: "By the way, many people know that a file with the .exe file extension is an executable file (that is, if you double-click on the filename in My Computer or Windows Explorer, it will start a program running, and you may or may not know what that program will do), but they may not know that files with a .bat or .com extension are also executable files. (In fact, if you change the file extension of a particular file from .exe to .bat, Windows will ordinarily not notice or care.) So be careful with files that have a file extension of .exe, .bat, .com, .vbs, or even .doc (unless you have disabled macros in Microsoft Word)." Well, another file extension to add to that list is .pif. The worm is also using that file extension, and after doing some experimenting, I discovered that if you change the filename of an executable program (e.g., Word4Word.exe) to a filename ending in .pif (e.g., Word4Word.pif), if you double-click on that .pif filename in Windows Explorer or My Computer that program will still execute! So be very careful with files that have a file extension of .exe, .bat, .com, .vbs, _.pif_, or even .doc (unless you have disabled macros in Microsoft Word). You may (or may not) be encouraged to know that even the FBI has been susceptible to this virus: _______________________________ / "SirCam worm snatches FBI documents "By Erich Luening "Staff Writer, CNET News.com "July 25, 2001, 10:50 a.m. PT.... "A cybercrime researcher at the FBI slipped up while handling a virulent Internet worm,...the agency said Wednesday. A researcher at the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center--the bureau's cyberprotection unit--allowed the rapidly spreading SirCam worm to send private FBI documents ... to outsiders, according to an FBI statement.... "Upon discovery of the infection, the NIPC worked to contain it but not before a number of documents were sent out. The NIPC, which is in the process of alerting the recipients of the documents to the presence of the worm, subsequently referred the matter to the FBI Washington Field Office for investigation. "The worm, which exploded last week, has continued to infect systems across the world this week. SirCam spreads by e-mailing copies of itself to everyone in the infected computer's address book. An added twist with this particular worm is that it sends a random file from the infected computer's hard drive, which means the worm could potentially send confidential business data or embarrassing personal information along with itself." http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6671080.html?tag=mainstry \_______________________________ For more information on this worm, see the following: CATI: Serious Worm Threat: Don't Open That Email Attachment! http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati55.htm#1 CNET News: SirCam Worm Threatens PC Damage (July 20, 2001) http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6625286.html CNET News: SirCam Clogs Mailboxes, Spreads Secrets (July 23, 2001) http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6647394.html CNET News: FAQ: What You Need to Know About SirCam (July 24, 2001) http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6660198.html CNET News: SirCam Slowing, but Going (July 26, 2001) http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6687145.html CNET News: SirCam Worm Built to Last (July 27, 2001) http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6698398.html _______________________________________________________________ 3. 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