The Music of Life

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Last month I was at a clinic getting my blood drawn. The Jamaican lab tech was singing the whole time. Her voice cheered me up and relaxed me. I asked her why she sang, and she said, “I just like the way it feels.”

What a lovely person she was, but not unusual in her attitude to music. Unless you’re one of the few people who hate it, music has been a source of pleasure, energy, comfort and various emotions for you since babyhood. It can make you cry with its beauty or the memories it stirs. It can energize you or calm you.

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5 Responses to The Music of Life

  1. Roger Eaton says:

    Here is an amazing Mandelbrot zoom with a Bach fugue to accompany it:


    We have all heard the phrase, “live in harmony with one another”, and, “do not live in discord”. These are musical terms applied to how we live our lives. There is a way that flows effortlessly in the cadence of life that is both appealing and peaceful.

    We may be individual musical instruments, created to make beautiful music. But a beautiful instrument sitting up on a shelf is silent; it cannot play itself. Only in the hands of the Master Musician does it really sing and add to the orchestra of Life, in harmony with its purpose and design.

    Who is the musician playing the instrument named_____________(your name here)?

  3. Jon Nelson says:

    There are theories that suggest that language either coevolved with music or that language evolved from music.
    It’s certainly true that healthy people enjoy singing or making music by themselves and in groups. I used to work as a tour bus driver in San Francisco. I had groups from all over the world. Many of them sang together or took turns serenading the bus as they rode. At the end of long, over the road tours it was common for foreign groups to sing a song for the driver and tour guide. We were expected to sing a song in return. Of course, I usually sang, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.
    The only people I ever met who claimed they couldn’t sing or that they didn’t like music were Americans. People from some countries were more musical than others but Americans often seem to think that music is something that other people should do. That seems odd to me.
    I come from a family where no one has any interest in music but me. I’ve struggled to sing or play instruments all of my life. My parents and sibling were baffled by that.

  4. will Fudeman says:

    Have you ever read (or listened to) W. A. Mathieu? (Allaudin). My favorite writer about music. Check out “Bridge of Waves” and “The Musical Life”. I love his solo piano works, too. Used to serve him miso soup every Tuesday night at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax.

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