Music, and how it effects us ...

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    Sep 07, 2007 9:50 AM GMT
    I have recently been re -visiting one of my favorite pieces of music ...
    keith Jared's Vienna concert. I heard it on the radio and I had not listened to it in sometime, but it evoked such a feling of warmth and passion ; it stirred something in me - I had to re-visit.
    I felt a sense of security in the moment I'd listened w/ my bf near by, and now I am caught up again in Jared's abilty to play the piano - You can hear him physically responding to his own playing, as if he were making love. It's a gorgeous work.

    Anyone else have a strong connection to music and listening ?
    I believe harmony does the body well ...
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    Sep 07, 2007 9:56 AM GMT
    Sorry that's 'FEELING'.

    >SP checker!!!

    peace
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    Sep 07, 2007 4:34 PM GMT
    I bet you know what musical source I'd cite
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    Sep 07, 2007 4:38 PM GMT
    A Mahler symphony will send tingling sensations down the back of my spine -- which I've been told also makes me more susceptible to being raptured/mounted (in a spiritual way, of course) at religious events.

    I've never so much made love with my instrument -- I don't know what psychological classification I would go under. But I have named both of them, which I guess is only natural if I spend more than a couple hours with them each day.
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    Sep 07, 2007 4:56 PM GMT
    Music touches the soul. It is the only form of communication that EVERYONE can listen too. I teach music for elementary kids and I love playing them classical music or music that is different. Some kids hate it and think it’s boring but the kids who really listen have so much to say about it. I always ask them, after they listen to a piece, what they thought it meant, what did you feel when you listened. I was playing Chopin for them to listen too and once girl said she thought it was about nighttime... I played Nocturne in E flat... It was amazing:) I was so proud of her you know?

    Kids are so funny with music but you got to love their honesty. Sorry this was so long but I am very passionate about music and I love when kids talk about it :)
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    Sep 07, 2007 5:15 PM GMT
    I have a strong connection to music. A really good performance makes me feel buzzed---a little like having too much caffeine, but without the jitters. It makes me feel focused, and I have the sense that I'm more aware of what I see and hear. The emotional response is even more difficult to describe, so I won't...

    Writers have recognized a connection between music and desire for centuries. Here's a good one from the 12th century:

    "This charming young princess, discreet and courteous Isolde, drew thoughts from the hearts that enshrined them as the lodestone draws in ships to the sound of the Sirens’ song. She sang openly and secretly, in through ears and eyes to where many a heart was stirred. The song which she sang openly in this and other places was her own sweet singing and soft sounding of strings that echoed for all to hear through the kingdom of the ears deep down into the heart. But her secret song was her wondrous beauty that stole with its rapturous music hidden and unseen through the windows of the eyes into many noble hearts and smoothed on the magic which took thoughts prisoner suddenly, and, taking them, fettered them with desire."

    The original music video???
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    Sep 07, 2007 5:34 PM GMT
    Of course. Everyone does, really. Not many people take time out to really listen, though. One of the few good things about my years in the northeast was a great classical radio station in Michigan. It really introduced me to some good stuff. Back home here, the only choice is the public radio station. They seem to specialize in awful 1960's recordings that make everything sound like a lullaby.

    Does anyone know of some good internet or satellite radio channels for diverse music?

    BTW: The emo-strings from the soundtrack of bad movies have a very strong effect on me... they make me want to throw up.
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    Sep 07, 2007 5:43 PM GMT
    it might seem cliche for the time but Ive always had a thing for Pavarotti singing Nessum Dorma. I dont want to describe my feelings on that one but um... yeah if you have seen "A Home at the End of the World" when the two guys kiss dancing to classical music... yeah. Basicly what i'd be doing with my bf if I had one. Im a such a sucker for classical its almost stupid. Thats what I get for playing cello for years.
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    Sep 08, 2007 10:08 AM GMT
    Music has the power to transport us back to a place in time....evoke a mood or inspiration
    There are specific songs that when I hear them I can remember where I was exactly when I'd heard them before
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    Sep 08, 2007 1:37 PM GMT
    Music is as important to me as any cultural 'food' whether its Keith Jared's Vienna concert (loved it and haven't heard it in years), or Mahler, Bach, Korngold, Strauss, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, Grandjany, New Order, Rufus Wainright, Scissor Sisters, Maynard Ferguson, Jack Dejohnette, Weather Report, Mama Cass Eliot, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Howard Jones, Alison Moyet, David Byrnes, Cher, Gary Burton, etc.

    It's such an integrated part of my life that I can't imagine not having it.

    The associations it evokes from the most primitive level to the most intellectual are indescribable.
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    Sep 08, 2007 4:02 PM GMT
    One of the most beautiful pieces of music i've ever listened to is Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto. If i'm ever down it takes me to place where i feel great. Another one is Bach's little fugue. Check them out.
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    Sep 08, 2007 4:06 PM GMT
    I finally bought an mp3 player yesterday. Now I'm downloading lots of old favorites, mostly rock that incorporates classical insruments. "The Brazilian" on Invisible Touch by Genesis makes me weak.
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    Sep 08, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    Well I am a musical artist, and I feel at times that I live entirely in the spaces between the notes. When I create music, I feel a surge of energy pass through, and then comes order out of chaos: form from nothingness. Once I've transcribed what I hear in my head and/or recorded it, it is no longer mine: it is the world's. And it is always a surreal experience for me to hear my own music played back - like looking at my reflection, but that reveals something much much deeper. Everytime I teach or perform or write, I am divulging precious aspects of the self, sharing my soul, giving away fragments of my spirit...
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    Sep 23, 2007 9:07 AM GMT
    the organ does it for me, whether its pipe or electric hearing someone play the organ just makes me sink into the sound and loose myself. Then again I also loose myself in the Thumpa Thumpa music in clubs.
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    Sep 23, 2007 11:26 AM GMT




    Everyone is speaking on classical music. I love all types. Amongst all the garbage, there is GREAT music in EVERY genre. If you have a true appreciation for music and an open ear, you will find that ALL types of music satisfying. Heck I can't stand country, but every once in a while I hear something that catches my ear. Like that Tim Mcgraw and Faith Hill song "I Need You".
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    Sep 23, 2007 12:45 PM GMT
    Personally, I like good techno for the same reason I like a lot of stuff by Bach.

    It's fast-paced, precise, and intricate. It is focused on variations and transmutations of a simple underlying theme. It's complexity is often more vertical (in "layers" and combinations of what is going on simultaneously) than horizontal (the actual theme or "melody" itself).

    For some reason, people who like classical music often scoff at the analogy. But in my experience, many of them aren't familiar with really GOOD techno, either. ;-)
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    Sep 23, 2007 1:46 PM GMT
    Re: Bach vs techno

    That's a very interesting comparison. I, too, love both Bach and electronic dance music, and it would never occur to me to compare the two. (Although in my case, I prefer trance and other more downtempo stuff to faster paced techno.)
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    Sep 23, 2007 3:02 PM GMT
    Mahler's 9th symphony....at the beginning, when you hear the heart beating with the murmur...and then it sickens more...and you hear it stuggling to pump the blood

    OMG, I feel so bad for that heart. I feel like I am inside this warm organ. I can feel it trying to do its job...struggling even as it fails.


    I also like his version of Frere Jacques as a funeral march in his 1st symphony. But that is just amusing compared to the heart attack in his 9th

    Oh, and in Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas," "Dido's Lament" and the chorus following it.


    And the 4th movement of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony, when he has gastrointestinal distress with the common ulitmate result. That is hilarious. eeewwww! hahahahahah!


    And Edith Piaf, esp. Non je ne regrette rien
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    Sep 23, 2007 3:13 PM GMT
    Caslon is right about the first movement of Mahler's 9th, but what kills me in that piece is the last movement. The main theme quotes the "Farewell" music from Beethoven's 26th piano sonata.
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    Dec 21, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    "music is what emotions sound like"

    one of my favorite quotes icon_biggrin.gif

    listening to music is my 2nd favorite activity, next to writing and playing music. music can transform your thoughts and elevate your mood, and constantly inspire!
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    Dec 21, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    I listened to some Gregorian Chants recently. That music is beautiful.

    Yes, music is priceless. Often I can communicate what I want to say, or how I feel, or even understand how I feel much better through a piece of music...depending on the situation.
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    Jan 27, 2010 2:43 PM GMT
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