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Posted 11/22/09 - 11:20 PM:
Subject: What does music do for you?
A friend of mine said recently, "Life would be impossible without music." I said, "What kind of music are you talking about?" She told me. I didn't ask the next thing: "Why would life be impossible without it?" That is a very intimate question.

But I'll ask you something a lot like it. What is your relationship with your music? (Do you play any of it yourself?) What happens when you listen? (Why do you listen?) What genre and styles within the genre do you most appreciate? What's your favorite instrument? Do you have favorite composers, songwriters, bands or artists?

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Posted 11/23/09 - 9:01 PM:

music has always been a big part of my life. i must imagine that if i found myself in a situation with no access to music (stranded on a deserted island or somesuch), and no way to make music (even by singing), i would quickly lose hope.

i play the piano, but i do most of my music composition on the computer using music notation software. listening to the music i love has a profoundly inspirational effect on me, even in the most tragic of songs. most simply it has to do with the complexity of what it communicates; i never stop marveling at it. i think my favorite instruments are probably the piano and the guitar.

my favorite genre at the moment is triphop, although i can listen to almost any genre. i like the rhythm and tempo of many triphop songs, the electronic instrumentation, the intellectual sphere of the lyrics. in this genre, some of my favorite artists are thievery corporation, natalia clavier, massive attack, morcheeba, zero 7, frou frou, portishead and phantogram.

lately i've been enjoying the yeah yeah yeahs. they remind me a lot of the cure, michelle shocked, and siouxsie and the banshees, who were among my favorite artists ten to twenty years ago.

how about you zum?
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Posted 11/24/09 - 12:13 AM:

Well, I have to admit I'm fickle. I tend to like popular music with percussion. I once saw Kodo perform and loved it. At a drum performance there's the pleasure of the drumming itself and the pleasure/pain of envying the drummer. I obsess on something, overplay it, and wear it out. I'm in the process of wearing out Aventura, Por un Segundo, Selection #l3, Ella y Yo. It's full of drama, drums and howling. It's great. Another I love right now is Hija de la Lagrima by Charly Garcia. The disc is one musical piece divided into sections, or movements, like a symphony. Each section, different mood. It's so specifically colored, it's fun to write to. Through many years of music and other substances, Charly has become acquainted with every emotion. Often I've tried to like particular music, because I had a sense of how much fun it would be if I did like it. That didn't work, I gave it up. I don't have a single close family member that isn't deeply partial to music. There's one whose car radio is better than my radio at home. He'll turn it on and say things like, "Do you hear that tone on the guitar, the way he makes it SCREAM? He bends the string to get maximum despair. He killed himself last year."
The music of the Andes stops me dead on the street, beyond beautiful. There is a musician named Oscar Reynolds in my area who plays it by the hour at farmers' markets, to supplement what he gets from his shows. It is all about gods walking on lakes and godesses dancing on the surface, and the lakes are far away and sacred. When I was a kid I took classical piano lessons and was diligent, though probably not talented. Trouble was, there was no opportunity to play for anybody. My household wasn't set up like the ones in the Jane Austin books, where the young ladies showed of their accomplishments... But when I was fifteen, there was the "music building" outside my school: it was a hut with a piano in it. That was it. I'd go in there and practice for hours at a stretch. High school was all about drifting and something they called popularitylaughing which I think meant making other girls think that you weren't as lonely as confused as they were and as you in fact werelaughing Anyway, there was something huge about going in there and practicing. It was the first time I ever did anything like that.
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Posted 11/24/09 - 10:14 AM:

Zum wrote:
A friend of mine said recently, "Life would be impossible without music." I said, "What kind of music are you talking about?" She told me. I didn't ask the next thing: "Why would life be impossible without it?" That is a very intimate question.



If I am not misunderstood, I must say that we are musics. I wanted to explore it further in "Sounds Of Universe" thread but it did not roll well then. Importance of music is beyond description. The ancient sages who discovered truth by way of Naada yoga came to know Aum; the quintessence of all sounds, as well as universe. Now there are many paths like Quang Yin, Surat Sabad Yoga and Tibetan music etc which emphasize on the commection of being with music. Tantra is nothing but exploration of sounds for knowing self.



Thank you

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Posted 11/24/09 - 10:21 AM:

Thinker13 wrote:
If I am not misunderstood, I must say that we are musics.

i would agree with that thumb up
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Posted 11/24/09 - 10:43 AM:

I am helpless to make music but music helps to make me.
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Posted 11/24/09 - 12:33 PM:

I don;t play any music although i recently bought a small drum to tap (instead of anything else). I get lost in listening to music, any music really.
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Posted 11/24/09 - 7:59 PM:

Music lets Shaitan whisper continuously in my ear, forcing me to think of romance, girls, sex, drinking, and all manner of sensualities. It also allows advertisers access to my subconscious whether I want them in there or not. Its no coincidence that primitive music is both trance inducing and connected to the inhabitation of strange spirits.

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