Music is arguably one of the most powerful natural laws We spend billions of dollars every year to own its latest expressions. Since we may take music for granted or may even consider that “we” are responsible for its power, maybe it is time that we reconsidered music in the light of universal reality.
The music has been a great part of my life since I can remember If I was not listening to my grandfather singing in the Lutheran Church Choir, I was listening to my Mother song folk songs with her guitar in the early 60’s dj punjab mp3.
When my parents opened a music store in San Clemente California called the Maria Del Arte Music Center and, finally, the adjoining Four Muses Folk and Rock clubs, I learned to play some of the chords and helped form a surf band, The Exceptions, with three or my buddies in 6th grade
During High School, I was your typical hippie type who played a lot of rock, grew my hair long and avoided the High School Music Program and the music of traditional forms as much as possible. My only exception was to listen to “Grand Canyon Suite” by composer Ferde Grofe. Grofe composed this marvelous collection of Programmatic Music after he visited the canyon. Every arrangement paints a song. The first being ‘Sunrise.’ If you can find the picture directed by the Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, this is the best recording I know.
Anyways, once I decided to take on the challenge of a formal music education, it was very clear that there was a wide gap between the ‘educated musicians’ and the ‘non educated musicians.’ The later like myself was, for the most part, just ignorant and did not know what we were missing if we only had time to learn some music theory Many of the “Educated” musicians developed an “ego” about their classical musical tastes. You would think that some of them actually created music!
It is when I got to college that I realized how far the two sides were. I found that many “educated musicians” had their nose in the air and looked down on “pop” music and the “uneducated” people who wrote and performed it. cater to more traditional forms of music like choir, band and orchestra. What about all the kids who would rather play in rock bands? Are they not too musical students seeking their abilities? fit into the “music program mold,” they are not considered
I am not at all inferring that a proper music education is absolutely necessary to become a talented musician. I work with young people in my studio constantly that I sometimes have a difficult time convincing of the importance of music education since many of them feel they are “gifted” and therefore do not require any further knowledge. No aspiring musician should ever have this attitude What I’m saying is that music is such an incredible natural force that all who study it should be in its beauty and power and humbled to be at its feet. For any of us have an ‘ego’ about it or our music tastes are far superior to others, in my opinion, misguided.
How do we become mortal to even try to dictate to such a powerful natural law? It’s the seagull dictating to the hurricane where it should make landfall
To further explain, here is how art, more specifically in this discussion, music Whatever your belief system related to the Earth and the universe has come, we all must acknowledge that the musical and speech of the powerful forces which we experience and enjoy, the creation or evolutionary package with come. We did not create them; They have always existed as forces in the universe They are not different that the natural laws of Gravitation, Light, Magnetism, Mathematics and Electricity to mention only a few.
We may analyze a piano and conclude that tonality ceases at the end of the keyboard. These “88 keys” are only a few notes. Any Dog knows that! Is not it possible that the keyboard continues in both directions to infinity? Hard to imagine? Did you know that the recent searches by the Hubble Telescope have “Billions” more Galaxies? Where do the universe and the musical scale end?
These questions are important, as I believe we must humbly revere the wonderful and powerful forces of Music and Speech. We do not own them but they are a creation And when we realize this, then we can tap into these powerful creative forces Service, gratefulness and humility always open the do