October 24, 2012

It's All In The Music

Philosophy, logic, particle physics, it is all so difficult, yes?  Not really, because we do not need words per se (at least not complicated ones). What we seek, what we need, is not words, but communication.

Thank goodness we can find that elsewhere, because that is not found just in words, it is found anywhere we are comfortable looking for it

Put as simply as possible:  It's all in the music.

Whether you hear it in Old MacDonald or Chopin, whether you are 4 or 64, you hear it in the music.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


- Dedicated to a friend


  1. Let's tie the 2 latest posts together. I don't want a pickle. Just want to ride on my motorsickle. Think Arlo Guthrie said that.

  2. Don't know that I would entirely agree. Music seems completely universal as a form of communication with those who can create it from scratch able to inherently reach all people. Attend any college class in the other fields you mention and you will find a noticable petcentage of totally lost stares.

  3. Anon: hmm, maybe it's just a restless hungry feelin', that don't mean no one no good, when ev'rything i'm a-sayin', you can say it just as good... we're just one too many mornings, and a thousand miles behind. mr. zimmerman said that. hmm, come write for my blog? i think willie n' the poor boys are playin', got a nickel, lay it down...

  4. Music (regardless of words) can change one's mood if one listens and thus music is another way to communicate. It takes communication to a deeper level and without it, life is simply not as colorful or meaningful.

  5. Personally, I used to be obsessed with poetry, and singing along to my favorite songs, and eventually making a successful band.

    Honestly though, poetry that rhymes, sounds too labored; Singing and how the pronunciation occurs, is more important than what the lyrics specify. This is why we can enjoy music in foreign languages that we do not understand.

    To drive the point home, I'm more interested in what is being communicated, than how things are communicable, so I can say that I'm very far from being a successful musician, and very happy with what I do.

  6. KT, thanks ... when I find a foreign song I like, in a language I do not understand, I work especially hard to not ever hear a translation, for fear the words will then ruin the experience.

    You said on Oerter's blog: "Our brains are as unique as the patterns of blood vessels in a single human eye. If we think about the same things, it does not mean that the same context, emphasis or parameters were mutually understood." You can't be in a band without knowing that. Somewhere in each brain comes resonance. My mother, a musician, taught me that.

    Rational assertions, absent enormous efforts, are no different. They, too, resonant, but with what? I'm reminded, for some reason, of a scene in the Big Chill when Sarah says she knows Alex wasn't happy, and Chloe says, "I don't know ... I haven't met that many happy people in my life, how do they act?" I think I could replace 'happy' with 'rational' and the exchange would remain completely coherent.

    Visit my blogs again anytime. I hope you don't mind but I'm likely to use your 'brains are unique' idea on an upcoming post on my other blog, Ideas are Physical. Words -- Songs -- Objects -- and emotional commitments -- let's just stay forever young.


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