• Mind, Melody, Mood and Meaning: An Enquiry into Music

    21 Jun 2009, 21:58 de Mobilicorpus

    ‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’
    - Friedrich Nietzsche Well, he knew what he was talking about. The fact remains that music, as a whole, is such an integral part of our lives, of the mind, of our humanity, that we cannot conceive a world without it. One is compelled to ask why: just what is it about music that makes it so necessary, so natural, that we can’t imagine life without it?

    The question is not an easy one to answer, even superficially: nor is it an isolated one, for as soon as you’ve asked it, you’ve asked several other questions as well. How does music transcend the sensory barrier to become what many listeners and composers call a ‘spiritual’ experience? Why does a song you used to listen to as a child bring back memories in all their sharpness, all their vividness – making the experience akin to almost going back in time? Why do some songs make you want to dance, or cry, or, in the case of My Chemical Romance, slash your ears? How are you able to derive comfort and joy from a sad song?
  • 40 tracks, 38 pointless questions:

    7 Abr 2008, 9:38 de zusp