Here’s a draft for an essay about music. Actually I want to point out the connection in between music and religion. Is it true (we’ll ask Teresa of Avila or St. Cecilia, some Afro-american artists or plenty of stars), that music makes you juicy? Weird contrast, because nearly all religions demonize sensuality.
We went to dancing lessons to learn good manners, to behave, to hide our true intentions. So Taliban are right?
If really the world was “created”, it has been with music. Today songs are just a distant echo of that fact – except if Jimi Hendrix plays – because look: on scene the musicians play, in the stalls people sit and consume – in their best garms. But primordially music and dance was one. The mazing (amazing) dances inside cathedrals, the turning dervishes witness it. But even today Africans dance inside concert-halls, and Turks at least move their arms in the rhythm of the music. “Ararım, ararım, ararım seni her yerde…” But compared to the Aborigines, which sang the world, this is nothing. Imagine a consciousness which is aware, that tree, rock and path vanish if you don’t sing them anew every day….
Another advantage of music: it vanishes cleanly as soon as it is over. Icons, images, statues, files and documents (are they art?) have to be stored in huge archives. We’ll not talk about buildings here….
Again and again music canbe born anew. Sometimes it is inaudible, in some kind a cousin of mathematics. “The life of gods is mathematics”, says Novalis. By Jove! If the ancients only had heard that! (The know…). But they knew that music is crucial for building walls or father children.
Music is sensual, makes sensuous. Music lifts borders. Orpheus knew that, but Clausewitz too: “Who listens to military music don’t needs a brain” Einstein said in spirit.
“If Musicke be the food of Love, play on” (Twelfth night)
“The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music” (Merchant of Venice)
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
“Music is my religion.”
“Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.” (Hadith)
Along the Wahhabi teachings not only everything is forbidden, what the Koran or other Islamic traditions forbid, but acts and situations which lead to those too. Up to the 20th century music and Tv were forbidden in some countries, having a bad influence on people.
Up to now we knew quarters were alcohol, music, smoking and revealing clothes are to be seen and used only in Saudi-Arabia or Afghanistan. Now the become usual in some European cities too.
Not a single sure of the Koran talks about music
The call of the muezzin or the rhythm of imams speech are not rated as music
Music & dance: suspension of the border in between active performance and passive consumption (Africa!)
Johann Sebastian Bach. In the end all music came from the sacral