“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.”
― Anaïs Nin
Darkness comes early now. I watch from my window as the light gradually fades. I light a rose-scented candle and select the perfect sound to accompany this very moment.
The sound comes at me slow…then seizes me fast like a high tide. Waves of pure sound like the green sea surround and engulf me….I am taken to a place of exquisite color and fantastic landscapes that seem to go on forever. I am alive in this one moment in time–suspended in sound.
Oh how it moves me. I feel each note resonate deep within like amber brown honey; smooth and sweet. I lie back and take it all in. The candle flutters in the breeze from the crack in the window. The shadows dance in time to the music like the beat of a heart…
I think we first experience music hearing our mother’s heartbeat. This strong yet fragile piece of mortal human keeps our blood pumping, the very same organ that lets us love like crazy…it keeps a beat and a comforting predictable sound. It is the rhythmic song of life and oh how beautiful!
Music is heartfelt as it should be. As in all great art it is infused with a tiny piece of its creator. Music is sound….and sounds are basically waves made up of vibrations that move through a medium, usually air. Sound is not tangible. It can be recorded onto something tangible but what it is…the essence of it lies not in something to be held in the hand….the power that music has lies in the human heart and soul.
It never ceases to amaze me; this power of music. It can elicit such an emotional response in people. The right melody can strike a chord and touch you in a way nothing else can. To me it can be akin to stepping inside a pool of pure emotion.
It is unique and it can touch us in many intricate ways.
Music is an art that, in one guise or another, permeates every aspect of human society. It is used for such varied social purposes as ritual, worship, coordination of movement, communication, and entertainment. We attach so much significance to music. It plays such a big role in many of our lives. It provides the backdrop to everyday…slowly coiling itself like a snake around our memories. It attaches significance to places, events and people and imprints itself on our perceptions of time and reality.
It has certainly made an impression on me. I listen to music every day, I can’t imagine not doing this and I can’t imagine life without it.
“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
― Aaron Copland
I listen to a wide variety, I have my favorites, I like to visit…again and again, like old friends.
There have been times when a certain song or artist was my only companion…
Music can be quite an intimate experience. There is a winsome loneliness, a crying out–an outpouring of emotion that I hear in some songs. I can feel the ache. It is these songs that I hold most dear.
Music takes us on a journey of sound that can paint pictures in our minds and carry us places only our imagination can travel to.
Take a listen to a song by a friend of mine. What do you hear? What colorful landscapes does this beautiful music paint in your mind?
~The Mines of Moria by Marc C. Miller~
What are your favorite songs and artists? What music sets your heart afire and your soul free with wonderful sound? Are you a creator of sound, an appreciator or both? Let me know…let’s explore the waves of sound….
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”
One of These Days by Pink Floyd (Trippy Video) I highly recommend this!
What Causes Musical Experiences? (anthonyramirez13.wordpress.com)
Poetry: Music for the Brain (johnbalaya.com)
How Music Can Be Better For You Than Sex and Cheesecake (youtube.com)