Music is amazing. It's transcendent. At least for me.
In her comment to my last post Kim mentioned that "Music can recreate a feeling in the here and now when words fail."
I find that an eloquent description. And I will add to that by saying that I can use music to CREATE a feeling within me...allowing me to evoke certain moods and states of being within myself just as one might cultivate different soils to produce different fruits.
I wrote something back in December of 2003 on music. It was an attempt at trying to convey its importance...
"what place inside does a series of notes touch that moves us to a feeling so strong that the life in front of us seems but a shadow, less than real?
a dream in which you know you are an actor, and in that knowing remain somehow protected from the full spectrum of what the heart is heir to..
if on the other side of the world there is a berry of which we have never tasted, how can we know that taste by another's description? or its smell?
therefore, what langauge does music speak that our heart finds fluency? from where in our lives have we felt that music with our hearts and not our ears?
and what doors have we shut on our own lives that the heart must remember its fullness by the tune outside the window?"
This is where I would normally blather on and on about what music means to me. And I would use colorful language and rich metaphors to describe something which has no good verbal explanation. But rather than go in to all of that, I invite audience participation. I would rather you all comment on music's influence on you.
The floor is open....