How to feel music
I think music is the most mysterious of arts. It doesn’t operate words or images. It has no figurative expression. It doesn’t directly define any object. It doesn’t have a recognizable shape. Music comes straight from our subconscious and is therefore also the most spontaneous and genuine of arts. It is an immediate reflection of our inner world. That’s why I love music so much. I have a whole ritual of listening to my favorite composers:
- If it’s evening, I turn off the lights and if it’s daytime, I close the shutters.
- I get rid of any distractions. I don’t drink tea or clean up or do anything else while listening to music. I’m fully engaged in the world of sounds.
- I make myself comfortable on the sofa. I sit or lie very still. I close my eyes. And let the tune flow through me.
I can stay like that for hours, as long as the playlist lasts. I’m sure, if you try listening to music my way, you’ll find it to be a quite different experience! You’ll be able to discern many nuances and feel it deeper, resounding in your very soul. And that’s what I call listening 🙂
Have you ever heard about synesthesia? It’s some sort of a shift in human senses when a person can hear colors, smell music and feel other unusual sensations. I guess I’m a bit synesthesiac, too. Sometimes when I look at images I hear random tunes in my head. Perhaps it’s just a good associative thinking or dejavu, but it’s very curious to follow. The most recent case of experiencing something like that was when I saw this painting called ‘Written Music’ here. It’s painted by Leonid Afremov, a modern artist – a very cool one I should add. I looked through his gallery and was downright amazed by his works. He can really make the colors on the canvas sing 🙂 I guess it’s all because of that incredible technique he uses. He kind of dabs the canvas with a brush layering stroke by stroke until the whole surface is covered with patches of different shades. There seems to be nothing special depicted there, but the way it’s done fascinates you. Take this still life, for instance. There are just a few books, an ink bottle with a feather and a violin. But how magical it all looks! By the way, I’ve written music and lyrics to this painting 🙂 Perhaps I’ll share it here one day 🙂