Junior Ganymede
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Music in Emptiness

November 14th, 2017 by G.

Vaughn, New Mexico « A Landing a Day

There are settings for music.  The best way I know to listen to music is while driving through the great empty.  Cheap music can become extremely powerful.  But baroque!  Baroque is overwhelming.

The greatest emptiness of all is at night with the stars. 

Isn’t it odd that the most affecting way to hear a tune is to hear it scratchily and indistinctly?  Or to hear some human voice singing it faintly and half-tunelessly?  They frequently do that in movies and it always works–oh, the strange power of cheap effects, like Noel Coward might have said.  I think just like the vast plains or the night sky, it creates that same sense of distance and fragility, of some thread of beauty reaching you from ever so far.

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November 14th, 2017 05:57:22

November 14, 2017

Yes. There’s something about driving… focusing visually on the open road (it doesn’t work as well in city traffic), which somehow allows the mind to be receptive of other things, music, and I think revelation.

I wonder if it was true in horse and wagon days.

This might tie in to your prayer/revelation through action theme, too.

November 14, 2017

It’s also a concept used in hypnotism, the hypnotist will ask the subject to focus on something in view. Maybe BC can give us the psych angle on that.

November 14, 2017

I agree about scratchy recordings. I love mono jazz and swing recordings from the ’20s through the ’40s, and especially old recordings of Christmas music. ‘Affecting’ is a good word for it.

November 15, 2017

There is also something to be said for live performances of classical music, though – I had the opportunity once to go to the St. Matthew Passion performed by a choir and orchestra led by Craig Jessop, and it was one of the most overwhelmingly spiritual experiences I have ever had.

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