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Saturday, February 28, 2015

T.0.B. at Book Revue

Hey Everyone,

My book that I wrote with Greg Kemp "T.o.B." is now being sold at Book Revue, one of the largest independent book stores in the world!!!

Check out our book here: http://bookrevue.com/localauthors.html#ToB

Later,

Willy


Interview with Mr. Cotton

Hey Everyone!



The new edition of Forsyth Family Magazine has my recent interview with Philo Hill Music and Band Teacher Mr. Curtis Cotton! My kids really love Mr. Cotton, and enjoy learning their instruments: drums and saxophone from him.

Check out the current issue here:  http://www.forsythfamilymagazine.com/


In this interview we talked a lot more than I was able to put in the article. We discuss a lot of topics like music education, band in North Carolina and much more. Please check out this video for the full interview.


My oldest son, and budding filmmaker, Liam Minnix produced this interview, and has uploaded it to my youtube page, where you can also find more information about music lessons, instructional videos, and information about my books and past sermons.


God bless,


Willy
















Here are some photos from the interview:







Friday, February 13, 2015



Why I don’t think Zoroaster influenced Daniel:
-          The Zoroastrian sacred texts (the Avesta) were supposedly written down in 346-360 AD, though the earliest copies we have are from the 1200’s. There are references to Zoroastrian belief as late as Plutarch in AD46 – AD120, who believed Zoroaster lived at 6,000 BC, which is ridiculous.
-          What we know about Zoroaster was written down at least 929 years after he was supposed to have lived. We don’t know anything specifically about him that comes from the time in which he lived.
-          Zoroaster was supposed to have died in 583 BC, which would put him contemporaneously with the prophet Daniel, though they claim that he wrote the Avesta sometime before the 10 Century BC. It is ridiculous to believe the Zoroaster lived from 1000 BC to 583 BC that would make Zoroaster over 400 years old.
-          Many claim that the stories of Jesus were based on Zoroaster, however, the stories of Zoroaster were written down in 346-360 AD, 300 years after Jesus lived. Isn’t it more conceivable that Zoroastrian similarities to Jesus were based on Jesus, since they were written down 300 years later?
-          Many of the stories about Zoroaster are similar also to Daniel, and we know that the earliest references to Daniel are at the latest within a couple hundred years of when Daniel lived. Doesn’t it make sense that maybe Zoroaster was based on Daniel, and not the other way around?
-          Babylonian and Persian society was polytheistic before Daniel. Many of the Persian kings were descended from Esther. Monotheism developed in Israel first before Persia, and history shows that for a fact that Babylon conquered Israel, bringing monotheism in contact with Babylonian religion. The Babylonians were overthrown by the polytheistic Persians, who were then brought into contact with the monotheistic Jews. After Persian contact with Jews Persians became monotheistic. We can’t prove that Zoroastrianism as we know it today even existed at the time of the Jewish captivity in Babylon, therefore, wouldn’t it make sense that the Monotheistic elements of Zoroastrianism came from Daniel, and not the other way around?

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New Articles Out in Forsyth Magazines

I have four articles out this month in Forsyth Magazine!

2 in Forsyth Family and 2 in Forsyth Women!

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Sir Pizza: A Little Slice of Hoosier Heaven in the Piedmont



Sir Pizza: A Little Slice of Hoosier Heaven in the Piedmont
I’m originally from Richmond, IN, known for Earlham College, Tom Raper RVs, being the “Birthplace of Recorded Jazz,” and also for this funky little pizza chain that serves awesome pizza with tiny chopped up pieces of pepperoni. Richmond’s not that big of a town, about 40,000 people, but we have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of these pizza shops around town! That’s how much we love this particular pizza.
Recently, I moved here to the Piedmont area from the frozen tundra of rural Illinois, where the closest thing to a good pizza was a round piece of cardboard with some tomato soup thrown at it and a couple pepperoni’s and some stale cheese tossed on for good measure. Sadly, where we were there was no “Chicago style” to be found! On the way down, we passed through Richmond, and I desperately wanted to stop at my favorite pizza restaurant that all the locals know as “Clara’s,” which has a double decker British city bus inside the restaurant, where people can eat their pizza while looking at all of the interesting d├ęcor like bicycles and beaded curtains hanging from the ceiling, or the porch swings that you can sit on while dining on heavenly pizza, and where every table has a Tiffany lamp lighting your meal. But we were running late, so I had to settle for a quick burger at a truck stop.
So, imagine my surprise when I dropped my wife off at work one morning in High Point, and spotted on my way a place called “Sir Pizza.” I was intrigued. I saw the cool little Tiffany lamp logo, and thought to myself, “Is this place like ‘Clara’s?’ No, couldn’t be, that’s a Hoosier thing. Couldn’t even find one in Illinois. Why would there be one here?” So I went home.
A couple days later, I was driving by again, and this time went all the way through High Point, and saw another Sir Pizza. So that night, I gathered my family and decided to give it a try. “Tonight my children, you will experience True Pizza.” I felt like a lonely prophet beholding the Promised Land after years of wandering in the wilderness. For years I had told them that such pizza existed somewhere in the world, but alas, rural Illinois did not offer pizza of that variety. I walked in and asked the friendly lady behind the counter for a menu, and then probed, “Do you guys (I’m not quite southern yet, y’all) make your pizza with the tiny little pepperonis?”
“Yes, we sure do.”
Suddenly, the rapture happened, and I stood before the throne of God with angels singing anthems of delight! Well, no, that didn’t quite happen, but I was pretty happy. So I got my 8 inch “Royal Feast” for me and my wife, and a Hawaiian 16 inch for the kids and went home, happy as could be. My kids, who for so long went without true pizza ate it with joy, declaring it to be the best pizza they ever ate (though, compared to cardboard pizza, real tomato sauce on a cracker would be a step in the right direction). But it really wasn’t much of a surprise to see all of the “Best Pizza” awards displayed behind the counter.
So while I was waiting for my pizza of infinite bounty and delight, I found out from the lady behind the counter that Sir Pizza did indeed originate in Indiana, but she didn’t know all of the particulars. I don’t know if it is directly connected with the pizza chain from Richmond, but to find such a treasure of Hoosier happiness down here in my new home made me so happy. I have lived all over the country, Indiana, Texas, Georgia, New York and yes, the frozen tundra of rural Illinois, but I have to say that moving to Winston-Salem has been one of my happiest moves. I love it here, and am so thankful for a place to find some good pizza!



About the Author:
Willy Minnix is a seasoned music teacher, author, sound technician and multi-instrumentalist. He lives and teaches in Winston-Salem with his wife and four budding musicians! His book “Mandolin: Dead Man’s Tuning Vol. 1” is one of the only books on the market that delves into alternate tunings for Mandolin. You can find out more information about Willy, his books, or the instruments he teaches at his website www.willyminnix.com

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Minstrel Boy - Irish Fiddle Tune

New Song for Today, only a couple more songs left to go for this promotion!

The tune for today is the Minstrel Boy. The Minstrel Boy is another old tune from the O'Neil's Music of Ireland.

Hope you enjoy, and as always, check out my book!

English, Scottish and Irish Ballads

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