>An Ode….Of Sorts…?
>If you believe what is written in the Bible, we were created to worship. Lucifer was created with pipes and timbrels inside of him. In the book of Ezekiel, angels sing praises all the time. This is just to introduce the concept that music is within us all.….or maybe the love of music…..
Music is powerful. It transcends language, ability, cognition, and culture. People are passionate about it. Millions of dollars are spent each year buying music and accessories on which to play or listen to it.
Did you know our DNA is musical? An ancient theory, now proven. A new theory concerns Stonehenge. Scientists and archeologists now believe that the ancient stones aided in ceremonies that induced a trance-like state. Using instruments that perfectly recreated the music produced hundreds of years ago, they found that the stones reverberated, quite powerfully, drum beats. Drum beats can actually alter the rhythm of the heart and affects part of the brain, inducing a calm, trance-like state. Some help was provided by the consumption of various plants….but that doesn’t take away from the power of the music.
In theory, listening to Mozart helps children learn, especially in mathematics. For me, classical music isn’t helpful. It makes me tense. Too much makes me angry. Maybe because it’s very technical. I love cello (Ron Clearfield) and piano (Harrison Edwards) all sorts of other instrumental music (2002, Arkenstone, Winston, others)…just in a more flexible way….
Music can change moods, bring smiles and tears. It can uplift or feed anger. It can inspire…..our MS, perhaps?
I’ve always wondered which I love more, words or music. Right now, and for the past few weeks, the answer is music. I can put a book away for a while before I begin to feel ‘hungry’ for a new adventure (or an old one). But every morning, I listen to music on the way to work. I have to. What I listen to changes, according to my mood or what the day ahead holds, or if it’s raining….
I listen to Handel’s Messiah (just two songs). Or Starship’s Laying It On The Line. I like Billy Squire’s Lonely Is The Night and Eddie Money’s She Takes My Breath Away. I wear out the tracks I have from Dead Can Dance. Oman, Glorafin, Rakim, Enigma of the Absolute, American Dreaming-Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have the most amazing voices…..He Reigns by Newsboys and Modern Day Moses by Kendall Payne can become anthems in my mind. Peter Gabriel’s live Secret World discs, U2’s live Bad or Where the Streets Have No Name… and so many many more…..
Sometimes I rearrange words or make my own and sing them with the artists. Juke Joint Jezebel and Whisper to a Scream. Do Ya and Take a Picture.
Sometimes it’s just music without words….pictures painted on the walls of my psyche that create for me worlds where I am anyone, anything, anywhere and in anytime. Music is magic to me. It moves inside me and becomes…..I hold on and let go. I find myself and get completely lost. Time ceases to exist and I am consumed.
When it is time to come back from someplace Other, I am sad, but full. I have eaten a different kind of manna and I have, for the moment, been healed and sustained. I go about life with the knowledge that I have, for a moment, visited a secret world and taken part in something larger than the physical mind can comprehend. I miss it….and though I know I will go there again soon, I also know that maybe next time I will need a different key. A new song, or an old one that I haven’t listened to in a while….
Here are a few songs that I love…I had to restrain myself because I wanted to put several more on here….I hope you take a few minutes and listen….
Because OMG Dave Evans (aka Edge) ROCKS!!!
And because I have loved this song forever and he brings such a variety of culture to his music….(went with the short studio version)
A little something angry and haunting…..
….and a little something different (love me some 2002!)
and something fun for the road….