/// Music. An Emotionally Clean Slate ///

As we go through life we experience different situations that enable us to open ourselves to a degree. We find that when we allow ourselves to let the moment be as it is, the experience we are in flows naturally and cohesively. Music can act as a conduit. A portal out of the daily areas of our lives we continue to try to change and manipulate. Music can offer us a time for when we are completely present, void of meaningless thoughts of the past and future. When we play music we plan, we think, and we map. These are the same aspects that seem to hinder us from every day happiness. Why then do we run to music as a refuge? Why do we strive for that creative spark to take hold? What we find in music no elements of attachment. Although, we can develop musical attachment – I.e. Our favorite songs, artist, or genre(s). However, there is still a detached aspect even from our very beloved songs. When we are detached from something, this means that the thing we are detached from has little or no aspect to mentally grab a hold to. Music is invisible. We can associate images with songs, sounds, or artist. We can even associate experience when we were listening to particular music. To us, that experience is locked in time by way of that music. However, we cannot see the musical vibrations that occur when someone creates a tone on their instrument. This presents an element of assumption by the listener. Meaning, after hearing something for the first time we start making assumptions about what the music represents. We do this in the attempt to make an association with an emotional construct with the music in order to have something to hold on to. This is key, because we self generate the implied music emotions. Music itself is a clean slate for this action. As a composer, improviser, and educator I know that what I produce for the world can be absorbed in any fashion. This means, that I am not the only one being creative. For each listener can be creative in the choices they make when choosing an emotional value for what they hear.

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