Ancient and modern
Preparing to be absurd
Having spent the major part of my life in music, I have repeatedly found
myself in natural gravitation to an appropriate musical mood when friction
between incidents in daily living and natural responses springs up. I tread
dangerous ground, for normal reaction would surely bring instant denouncement
to this apparently absurd notion.
As this is a mere ramble I'm prepared to be absurd, although it is folly
to be even faintly dogmatic. I believe that this thought of musical comparisons
in unlikely situations first struck me when I was mentally freewheeling
against a background of sensible but uninspiring music on radio. The likelihood
of such a situation I decided was not just 'unlikely' but more than likely
on a regular basis.
This simply accepted the fact that dull music exists in much greater
quantity than interesting music -- which I believe, given the desire, could
provide a mountain of useless data.
The sensible answer to this casts dull music into oblivion, but evades
the subjective response that 'dull' can still be emotive and defined in
a million ways. This presents a viable reason for deciding that each of
us has a personal basis for qualifying our reaction to music. In other words,
stop fussing and get on with the listening. There's only one person to please
and a stupefying quantity of music that came from a heart, and looks for
hearts to complete its journey. The rest is history, ancient and modern.
Copyright © 11 April 2002 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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