Music


hope Music is a fascinating human activity which takes many forms, and appears to fulfill humanity in numerous ways.

But is music what it appears to be superficially? Basically, music is understood
to be a type of expression of some uniquely human motivation. To bring or give pleasure, to allude to something within people that they recognize and appreciate, to instruct and
to entertain, and to enhance life in some way, to soothe, to inspire, as propaganda, and more.

In truth music is a type of lost language - or a language that represents another way to recover a language or way of communicating that has been lost to humanity. Music was developed by people,
it did not always exist, and of course it consists primarily of sound, whether as instrumental sound
or the sound of the voice singing the lyrics.

For the production of music, only a relatively few instruments are commonly used. These few are used because they are the types of sound that our mind and "ear" recognize and appreciate. These are the few that resonate with us - connect with us - and that we agree are the types of sound we want to hear when we hear this language.  Historically, any "instruments" or devices that produced sound that did not connect or resonate with us have been ignored or discarded.  In other words, in terms of what we prefer to hear - time and preference weeds out the charlatans of this type of language by selecting the types of instrument that will convey this language (remembering that this language is produced by the human mind).

There is, as Goethe said, a kind of "Elective Affinity" between a type of sound we will agree to listen
to and consume, and the rest we reject.  It's an interesting phenomenon that we have this quite
limited range of instruments that we will allow to be our standards. As well, there are certain types
or genres of music we prefer or will agree to listen to - and the remainder we enjoy less or not at
all - and those do not find a consensus that supports their existence.

What is more interesting is trying to understand the root and source of music - to know exactly what compels us to want and appreciate it. If it really is a kind of language, what kind of language can we imagine it being, and what exactly do we think it says to us? And in asking what it says to us, we should also remember that someone is the author - someone creates the sounds or constellation of sounds, and so must have some purpose in trying to convey that to us.

When people create music, what exactly is their purpose? What are they trying to get across? And when we listen to music, what are we trying to apprehend or gain from it that we are so selective
and will devote our attention and loyalty to listening to? In other words, what is it about music that compels people to respond to it and consume it? Remember, that music in the forms we have
now were not native to humans, it did not always exist and is a developed form. As such, music
is an agreement and a communication between a composer, a musician, and the audience.  But
why do humans require this particular form? What exactly is this specialized language meant to communicate? What was lost to humanity that music attempts to restore?

Bach's Golden Braid alluded to many things, and those were other aspects of human consciousness that can be seen to be things that are somehow beyond humanity - pure - fulfilling. But that begs the question as to what it is that is deficient and needs to be fulfilled. It seems intuitive that life would not deprive humanity of anything essential to life and living. So the same urge found in 
myths is found in music - there is some craving, some aspiration, something missing.

What is the truth of the existence of music?


More to come.
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