Music

AMONG ALL ASPECTS OF KNOWLEGE, THE KNOWLEDGE OF SOUND IS SUPREME. – Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

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Music should not be taken lightly. Its power is self-evident: to heal, to seduce, to soothe, to instruct, to derange, to confuse…

As musicians, listeners and consumers, we have a responsibility to our soul and our mental health. I don’t want to go so far as to assert a morality upon music, yet if we think of what we hear as a type of food we take into our bodies and minds, we can see the importance of feeding ourselves that which is nourishing. This goes for words and conversation, too.

The airwaves are over-saturated. I feel over-stimulated. I keep my over-taxed ears and brain in mind when making listening selections.

Featured in this blog will be soul music for pleasure and for discussion.

Herein is also where musical artist Pilgrim, a Snake Riding contributor, will feature her music. (Here’s her official music website.)

Some quotes on music that exemplify its power:

“Pythagoras considered himself above all a healer, and he used music as a remedy for every manner of sickness. Since musica instrumentalis and musica humana were the same essence, manifestations of the same truth, then by plucking the strings of a lyre one could arouse sympathetic vibrations in the human instrument.”

“Throughout Greek tradition, music was very literally ascribed the power to sooth a savage beast.”

“[Pythagoreans] say that the attributes and ratios of musical scales were expressible in numbers; since then, all other things seemed in their whole nature to be modeled after numbers, and numbers seemed to be the first things in the whole of nature, they supposed the elements of numbers to be the elements of all things, and the whole heaven to be a musical scale and a number. Music was number, and the cosmos was music.”

- Jamie James, “Music of the Spheres.”

 

“Music stands on a higher level than all the other arts. The melodies and harmonies of tones is nature’s direct expression. The musician hears the pulse of the divine will that flows through the world; she hears how this will express itself in tones. The musician thus stands closer to the heart of the world than all other artists. In him lives the faculty of representing the world will. Music is the expression of the will of nature, while all the other arts are expressions of the idea of nature.

[Music] also directly effects the human soul. It streams into the soul like the divine in its different forms. Hence, it is understandable that the effects of music on the human soul are so direct, so powerful, so elemental…his soul swings back and forth between self-awareness and self-surrender.”

-Rudolf Steiner, “The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone”

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