"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 2, No. 11:  July 30, 2001.



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[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

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

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...."


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."

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

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."

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

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

Phil Keaggy: His Music: MP3 Download Page

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

The following comments from CATI 2/10 may also be helpful to
"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:


"(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:


"For MP3 sound files, I generally use Winamp (but I'm not sure
that I can supply a good reason for doing so)."


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:


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."

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."

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."

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

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

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."

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)

More Phil Keaggy Web Sites

March of the Clouds: The Phil Keaggy Page

Way Back Home: A Phil Keaggy Home Page

Phil Keaggy Information Phile

GCN Live Talk Show with Phil Keaggy (July 8, 1999)

Phil Keaggy Albums for Purchase on the Web

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

About.com: Christian Music: MP3

Christian MP3 Spotlight: Home Page

Christian MP3 Spotlight: Christian Rock
    ("149 free Christian rock MP3's", including Glass Harp)

Christian MP3 Spotlight: Contemporary Christian Pop
    ("60 free Christian pop MP3's")

Christian MP3 Spotlight: Praise & Worship
    ("58 free praise & worship MP3's")

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."

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."

Here is the home page for Third Millennium Ministries:

Third Millennium Ministries: Reforming Christian Education for
    the Third Millennium: Home Page

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")

Third Millennium Ministries: Paul's Impact on Music: Michael
    Card (note three Michael Card MP3 files near bottom of
    Web page)

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).



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!

After I sent out that issue, I have personally received two
more such worms via email (one of which was sent to me at
cati@traver.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

"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."


For more information on this worm, see the following:

CATI: Serious Worm Threat: Don't Open That Email Attachment!

CNET News: SirCam Worm Threatens PC Damage (July 20, 2001)

CNET News: SirCam Clogs Mailboxes, Spreads Secrets (July 23,

CNET News: FAQ: What You Need to Know About SirCam (July 24,

CNET News: SirCam Slowing, but Going (July 26, 2001)

CNET News: SirCam Worm Built to Last (July 27, 2001)


This is the fifty-sixth issue of a free newsletter devoted
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