Desmond Paul Allen

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As my brief bio explains, I have many interests; consequently, these assorted works address a diverse range of topics.  Some books, articles and songs are available as free downloads; others can be purchased. 

 

 

 

Books Articles

Sheet Music

Some are free ebooks; all are available on Amazon in hardcopy. A featured article and many archived articles; all free downloads. Ballads, country songs, blues, light rock and hymns. All sheet music is a free download; commercial use must purchase the rights.

 

 

 

Featured Article

Science, Faith and Logic

This apology for faith dismantles the popular and maligning misrepresentation of faith, something upon which science itself is grounded.

 

 

Reality...What is it?

Published in Answer Research Journal as

“An Apology and Unification Theory for the Reconciliation of Physical Matter and Metaphysical Cognizance”

 

Archived Articles

Christian/Biblical -  Healthcare - Miscellaneous

 

 

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Book Catalog

Available on Amazon and Kindle; some are available as free PDF downloads.

 

Debunking The Health Care Debacle

Biting The Hand That Feeds Me

 

Mastering Chess Theory

Concise Instructions to Grandmaster’ Strategies

The Apocalypse

The Wise Shall Understand

 

Essential Guitar Lessons

Including Basic Music Theory, Keyboard & Songwriting

 

Songs From the Heart . . .

and some just for fun

 

 

First Do No Harm

A novel

 

 

What Paul Might Say Today

Critiques in the Practical Theology of 21st Century Western Christendom

 

 

A Cure is not Welcome

America’s Successful Failing Health System

 

To Determine Intent

The Theologian’s Approach

 

 

Win at Pocket Billiards

 

The Neglected Glory of Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Original Sheet Music

These songs may be downloaded for pleasure.

To play or record them commercially please purchase the rights.

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Ballads & Country   -   Blues & Lt Rock   -   Hymns   -   Classical

 

 

Ballads & Country

 

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There Ain't No Shortcut to Love Never Thought it Would End This Way
Have You Notices that I Love You? The Mother of My Children
This Time its My Dream She was Just a Teen
God's Special Gift Rodeo Cowboy
I've Had Many Friends How Were They to Know?
Sittin' on the Back Porch    
       

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Blues & Lt Rock

 

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Payin' for Your Design I Believe You're Courtin' Danger
How'd you Ever Take My Name? Waitn' for the 411
Slowly Loosin' My Mind    
       

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Hymns

 

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Time is Coming to an End He'll Supply Your Every Need
There's a Time for the Answer  Who am I to Show the Way
       

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Classical/Jazz

 

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Merrill's Flute Sometimes I Cry For You
For Mother Remember When
       

 

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Essential Guitar Lessons

Including Basic Music Theory, Keyboard & Songwriting

 

The importance for guitar players (as well as players of any musical instrument) to understand basic music theory cannot be overstated.  It is virtually impossible to make certain advancements without this knowledge.  While some musicians demonstrate a decided degree of creativity and musical sophistication without possessing a clear understanding of music theory, they are the exception rather than the rule.  After more than four decades of playing, studying, songwriting and teaching music, I am more convinced than ever that every guitarist should learn basic music theory, the theory of chord construction, scales and basic keyboard.  Even those relatively few, naturally gifted musicians, who possess an intuitive talent can enhance their abilities with this knowledge.

 

Unfortunately, because beginners are generally very anxious to get on with playing songs, all too often they neglect to learn basic music theory, or even proper guitar technique.  This negligence ultimately inhibits their ability to play—at least correctly—the very songs they are so anxious play in the first place.  It also inhibits their ability to play by ear, to jam with others, and to write their own songs.  Thus, learning basic music theory, chord construction and proper technique must not be averted.  

 

To better facilitate the learning of music theory and chord construction it is extremely important to have at least a basic understanding of the keyboard.  One need not master the keyboard, but understanding its rudimentary construction makes understanding scales and chord structures easier and, thus, learning the guitar easier.  Because students are better motivated if they learn songs early in their musical education, several songs are interspersed throughout the various lessons with a rather large selection of songs in various genres and formats. 

 

Beyond guitar chords and scales, the student receives lessons in basic music theory, the theory of chord construction, tablature, notation, playing by ear, finger picking, double stops, songwriting technique and more.

 

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Mastering Chess Theory

Concise Instructions to Grandmasters' Strategies

With nearly 319 billion possible positions after only the first four moves, sheer intuition is not enough. To play at master level one's brilliant intuition must be grounded in a thorough command of advanced chess theory - the time tested essential elements by which grandmasters direct their every move. Because top players seldom discuss their methods these theories are generally hard to come by. Departing from the traditional and laborious algebraic discussions of various potential lines of play here these master level theories are presented in a learner-friendly format designed to instruct the average player up to master level.

 

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The Apocalypse

The Wise Shall Understand

Although certain OT prophets addressed many of these same events, none of them revealed the whole picture, thereby leaving many details hidden.  When the prophet Daniel asked the Lord for further clarification and to know how it would all end, the Lord commanded him to go his way, “for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. . . . none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”  It is now the end time and The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, The Revelation, has been given that the wise should understand.  The current state of the world has many in distress.  The persistent political instability in the Middle-East, threats of nuclear war, a failing global economy with a strong push for a one-world government, the collective decay of morals, social unrest and rebellious peoples in many countries, as well as increased natural disasters have many people, worldwide, in great consternation, concerned for the world’s future.  But these are all expected scenarios to those who understand these times—the last days before our Lord Jesus returns to earth.

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First Do No Harm

 

Two physicians face ethical struggles in their lifelong quest to fulfill their dreams. This fast paced story of misguided goals, failure and forgiveness will warm your heart with laughter and tears. At the same time it might leave you feeling somewhat vulnerable, perplexed by the very real dangers lurking behind the white coats in American medicine. Daniel Watson and Marian Richards became great friends in medical school. One becomes a physician for philanthropic reasons, the other to make money. Although each follows a different career path, their friendship remains solid as each must face different ethical issues that require life-altering decisions.

 

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What Paul Might Say Today

Critiques in the Practical Theology of 21st Century Western Christendom

Knowledge abounds within the Western Evangelical Christian churches.  Many parishioners actively study their Bibles, memorizing numerous applicable passages of interest.  They listen intently to the pastor’s sermon and many attend Sunday school to learn even more.  This is all good.  But over the centuries certain practices within Western Christendom have arisen that are other than biblical.  Some customs have become so commonplace and central to both our culture and our faith that few ever stop to question their purpose or validity.  Here, vital issues such as socio-political activism, love and marriage, science and faith, prosperity theology, traditional church activities and more are critiqued and found wanting.  These deficits are such that the overall appearance of 21st Century Western Christendom mirrors that of the Laodiceans; in which (if we understand the letters to the seven churches in the Revelation to be a prophetic view of the Church Age), we are hard pressed not to see ourselves in this seventh letter.

 

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Win at Pocket Billiards

 

I wrote this when I was an Instructor with the Billiard Congress of America.  It explains one rail, two rails and three rail kick and bank shots.  The publishers owes me for the at least the last seven years of royalties.

 

 

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To Determine the Author's Intent

The Theologian’s Approach

The accurate interpretation of Scripture is critical.  Faulty interpretation leads to a faulty theology, which leads to faulty doctrine and subsequent faulty behavior.  However, in today’s context the term interpret almost seems a misnomer; in that many construe this to imply readers have a license to draw from a passage whatever seems appropriate to their personal circumstance.  As if it was some poem by Henry David Thoreau.  But this is not the interpretation of which we speak.  Some sort of touchy-feely-what-does-it-say-to-you, as pursued in abstract, existential poetry is not our concern. 

 

Bible interpretation, or hermeneutics, is the scientific process of understanding the original, plain meaning of the text.  This requires knowledge of the historical context in which the author wrote: the language, the culture, and any theological matters that might be of concern.  As such, understanding the author’s intent, the literal meaning in common language, is our goal.  Once we have this knowledge we can make personal application, if it is applicable.  Here, we learn the methods theologians use to arrive at the author’s intent.

 

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A Cure is Not Welcome

 America's successful failing health system

Western medicine is a curious thing.  At its best, it is a wonderful institution saving an untold number of lives every day, but there is a dark side to the industry.  Medicine is big business with the bond between the business of medicine and the clinical practice of medicine more an entanglement than a partnership.  Although it speaks of healthcare in reality it knows little and cares even less about it.  Barring some special procedures, the primary role of modern medicine is to pimp drugs for the pharmaceutical industry.  Money is the bottom line and medicine’s continued, orchestrated neglect of your health is paramount to its success.  Because this is especially true of cardiovascular disease simply stated, “A CURE IS NOT WELCOME.”  

 

Songs From The Heart

. . . and some just for fun

A collection of songs (in various genres) I have written through the years: Ballads, Blues, Country, Folk, Light Rock, and Christian Hymns.

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The Neglected Glory of Man

Male and Female Created He Them

Section One, Man’s Glory

 

God created man (male and female) in his image; however devalued status of women has been pervasive in virtually all culture but the Judeo-Christian cultures of revelation.  Even then, one of the first signs of moral decay within a society is the devalued status of women.  The further a culture gets from God the less value it places on the woman until at last she is routinely humiliated and mistreated.  This may take place in a number of ways: financial deprivation, physical attacks, psychological abuse and even (as was the case in the antediluvian word, and is once again the case in modern Western civilization), being swindled.  This ungodly devalued status of the woman is against everything Scripture teaches about mankind; for man (male and female) is created in the image of God.  To dishonor either entity of this union is an offense to our Creator. 

 

Second Two, Divine Attributes

Here we learn more of God, who he is, how mankind is created in his image, what responsibilities we have with this status.  The gospel of redemption is clearly set forth in both sections.

 

 

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Debunking The Health Care Debacle

Biting The Hand That Feeds Me

Health care is broken and nothing Congress has done, is doing, plans to do or has even debated, will fix it.  The Affordable Health Care Act will not fix it.  The fervent arguments from both sides of the isle on Capitol Hill are fallacious; neither addressing the crux of the matter.  It is not who should have access to health care, or even how to pay for it; the issue is the health care system itself—the excessive, unwarranted services it forces upon us.  Misallocation and overutilization are not merely a problem they are the framework upon which the medical economy is structured.  With forty years experience in both the clinical and business sides of medicine, Desmond Allen is an outspoken critic of the misallocation and overutilization by which this virtually unregulated industry writes its own ticket at the nation's expense.

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Last updated: 07/03/2014

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