Good Morning Everybody.
You might remember the old commercial for Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars - “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t..." That applies to this blog - "Sometimes I feel like writing, sometimes I don’t”
This morning I feel like writing.
I posted on facebook a quote I made up yesterday and got a nice response. Thank you fellow citizens. The funny thing is that the nugget of thought came to me during a dream and I really have no idea what it means...
" I feel you cannot learn what music is,
only what music means.”
Wha? Huh? what does that really signify? It could just have easily read “...you cannot learn what music means, only what music is. Do they both mean the same? Or are they only the random synaptic activity of a sleep deprived student of life. There must be some universal meaning to this quote; it sounds so profound. Let’s dive in a little deeper. If you get sleepy, put your head down on your desk and take a nap.
To help me deconstruct this piece of profundity I’ll use some of the responses I received form the original post
I don’t know if that helped anyone. Maybe if someone a whole lot smarter that I were to explain it ... Right now, however, I am the smartest person in the room - I am the only person in the room, so let’s pretend that I am smart and it’s my job to make you understand. Use your imagination.
You cannot teach what music is because no one knows. Sure every junior high school teacher knows the physical explanation - frequency, loudness, arranged and organized noise, but that doesn’t tell you what music is, just like saying I am a bag of skin filled with mostly water. That explains what I am made of, but not what I am. What is it in music that can manipulate your emotions - make you dance - make you cry - make you happy - make you sad . No one knows.
What music means however is much easier to explain or understand. Music means whatever you want it too, there is no wrong or right answer. Sometimes music means a way to earn a living - turnaround and it becomes the reason for living itself.
In conclusion, no one knows what gives music it’s power and those that claim to know are lying to themselves. No one knows what music IS. But, almost everyone has some type of emotional reaction when they hear music and everyone of them knows what music MEANS...to them.
Music is the Best!!!!
Until Next Time
just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\