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Monday, April 25, 2016

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #293 - Musical Monday - music for 1604.25

Mom - Choir - March 1999

"Music “says” things about the world, but in specifically musical terms. Any attempt to reproduce these musical statements “in our own words” is necessarily doomed to failure. We cannot isolate the truth contained in a piece of music; for it is a beauty-truth and inseparable from its partner. The best we can do is to indicate in the most general terms the nature of the musical beauty-truth under consideration and to refer curious truth-seekers to the original."
- Huxley

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #293 - Musical Monday - music for 1604.25

Hi Mom, Back again with another Musical Monday and a return to the Brain Pickings article about this Aldous Huxley book so obscure, rare, and expensive that my university library does not own it.

I have some great selections today, some of which were chosen from a list of songs selected by Brian Eno as powerful for singing and healing. More on this issue next week.

I have the new Eno song, a cover of "I'm Set Free" by VU and then the Velevet Underground original.
After some of those good singing songs and a Beethoven clip featured in the Brain Pickings article, then three for Prince who died last week, ending with "Nothing Compares 2 U" in the original Sinead O'Connor video with the song written by Prince.

But first some key quotes by Huxley shared in this Brain Pickings article linked next.
Mom - Choir robe - March 1999

Aldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls

"From pure sensation to the intuition of beauty, from pleasure and pain to love and the mystical ecstasy and death — all the things that are fundamental, all the things that, to the human spirit, are most profoundly significant, can only be experienced, not expressed. The rest is always and everywhere silence.
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Huxley

"Silence is an integral part of all good music. Compared with Beethoven’s or Mozart’s, the ceaseless torrent of Wagner’s music is very poor in silence. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why it seems so much less significant than theirs. It “says” less because it is always speaking.

"In a different mode, or another plane of being, music is the equivalent of some of man’s most significant and most inexpressible experiences. By mysterious analogy it evokes in the mind of the listener, sometimes the phantom of these experiences, sometimes even the experiences themselves in their full force of life — it is a question of intensity; the phantom is dim, the reality, near and burning. Music may call up either; it is chance or providence which decides. The intermittences of the heart are subject to no known law.

"Listening to expressive music, we have, not of course the artist’s original experience (which is quite beyond us, for grapes do not grow on thistles), but the best experience in its kind of which our nature is capable — a better and completer experience than in fact we ever had before listening to the music." - Huxley

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BRIAN ENO - "FICKLE SUN (iii) I'M SET FREE" - from The Ship album, out tomorrow




"I'm Set Free" - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND




"Love Hurts" - Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons



"Bring it on Home" - Sam Cooke




BEETHOVEN from MISSA SOLEMNIS: BENEDICTUS




PRINCE - "LET'S GO CRAZY" from PURPLE RAIN - live Super Bowl - 2007




Prince and Lenny Kravitz cover "American Woman" - live - 2015?



ORIGINAL VIDEO - "Nothing Compares 2 You" - Sinead O'Connor - written by Prince




RIP Prince. :-(

Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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