I left the title of this thread a bit general to draw more attention. :o
I have a question about a particular musician of whom I was a big fan before my conversion. This particular fellow is an amazing composer (he even received a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation recently) named John Zorn, who composes an amazingly diverse array of styles, from full orchestral pieces to hardcore punk. One of his most famous endeavors (his discography contains several hundred albums) is his Masada project, which presents traditional Jewish-styled melodies in modern settings: jazz quartets, rock bands, etc.
However, despite identifying as Jewish, Zorn has long been a student of the occult, having studied with several serious practicioners over the years. Many of his pieces are dedicated to Aleister Crowley (the famous occultist), and some of his classical pieces are even based on some Crowleyan numerological formulas. In addition, some of his music is very violent (musically; his music doesn’t contain lyrics, but some of it makes heavy metal sound like elevator music!) More troubling is some of the artwork contained in his albums, which ranges from gruesome (crime scene pictures, pictures from death camps) to pornographic (he’s even done soundtracks for artsy “bondage films”.)
On the other hand, alot of his music is very bright, happy and relaxing. For example, this very quiet and beautiful little ditty:
Now, try wrapping your head around the fact that this same man composed this next piece (brace yourself; it hits hard and quick, and very loud!)
My problem is in knowing how involved with the occult he is and how much he seems to apply it to his music. I also noticed that in the years I got heavily into his music, I felt almost demonically oppressed. I usually laugh it off when people accuse rock music of being Satanic, but knowing that he’s actually seriously into ritual magick, etc. do you think it’s possible for such a person to channel such things through their music?
I ask because, while I’m not so much into his more extreme projects anymore, I have many albums of beautiful music like the first song I linked that I enjoy immensely, but I feel a bit uncomfortable and hesitant in listening to them anymore due to my conversion and the very objectionable nature of some of the “artwork” (some of which is so sick I can’t even bring myself to describe it) that he has chosen to adorn a few of his albums with, and the worry that it could possibly exert a negative spiritual influence on me. In fact, all of those albums are, for the time being, boxed up in my garage. Sorry if this seems silly, but I’ve been flip flopping for months as to whether I should get rid of all of his albums. Any thoughts or opinions?