Book of Face: Ch. 6, Verses 3-11
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo
“Music is the voice of society, many dialects but the same language.”
I Love Music!
OK just joking. I’ve got far more to say about music, but that is basically the gist of it.
I have realized some interesting things about music over the years of my life.
I think the biggest thing is that we all love it (if you say you hate music you’re lying to yourself).
There is something innate in our being that resonates with music. The tones, the beats, the rhythms, the essence.
It’s fascinating. It’s beautiful.
No matter where you are, or where you came from, you will find music. Every culture on the planet has their own music. And although they seem different they are all related.
I went to a music festival a few years back in British Columbia, Canada. called Starbelly Jam. An amazing (and life-altering in many ways) experience. It was amazingly eclectic. I watched slide guitarists, African drummers, Arabic singers, funky bassists, violinists, hip-hop artists, DJs, folk musicians, reggae & blues bands, and much more. I saw so many great acts (mind-blowing acts). I actually found one of my favourite artists there, Harry Manx, check him out, he is unreal, and his music has such depth (which I feel is the most important aspect of music). After they had played their independent sets, I then watched the most amazing collaborative jam sessions I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. It was spectacular beyond what words can express. And it made me realize something profound…
If there was ever a force in this universe capable of changing the world and uniting the people, it’s Music.
Watching as these seemingly very different styles and people of such varied backgrounds could come together (right now, over me) to create something so beautiful and harmonious, was enough to renew my faith in man-kind.
We are not all different, and in fact we all speak the same language, Music. It is the unifying force behind the human condition.
We feel the rhythms in our bones. We feel it touch our hearts. We feel it vibrate our souls.
Music is what we are.
This experience had the secondary effect of renewing my passion for music, and my desire to play it.
I owned a guitar for several years prior to this, but I had stopped playing after I graduated from high school. I don’t really know why. I assume I was too distracted by other things, video games perhaps, maybe girls (I now realize that music and girls go hand in hand, women love a man who can play music). Whatever the reason, I stopped. What a terrible idea that was. But after Starbelly I wanted to play.
And play I did (or do).
My favourite pastime now is jamming. Getting together with some friends (or strangers) and playing whatever comes to us in the moment. An organic creation of our souls. Collective effervescence. Divine Beauty.
It’s in those moments that I truly feel connected to the Divine will. The collective consciousness.
And the great part is anyone can do it.
I know you might tell yourself, “I can’t play. I have no rhythm. I have no skill.”
Well that’s a self-defeatist attitude if I ever saw one.
As I said before, It is innate in our being.
It’s part of being human.
Do you like music? Do you ever tap along to the beat?
Then you can play music!
That’s all it really takes. Grab a bongo, a tambourine, the spoons, or a pencil and a table top, use your hands and knees if nothing else, and tap along. You can do it. All you gotta do is feel the beat. Just let go.
Let go of that self-defeating attitude. That self-doubt.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
I thought I couldn’t play, that I had no rhythm, no ability.
But apparently I was wrong (or so people tell me 🙂 ). I just move to the rhythm.
Close your eyes and feel the beat. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s just gotta be you.
It’s you expressing you, and that you are here, and alive, and divine.
You are not an animal, you are human. So show it.
Let the world hear you voice, hear your song, hear your soul.
And if anyone gives you flak for it, realize that’s jealousy talking, their own self doubt, and their putting it on you.
But guess what. You don’t have to let it affect you. That’s your choice. Just say “Keep it off my wave” (Soundgarden)
So have fun, feel the rhythm, and show that you are here.
Give freely of your love.
And on that note (oh that’s a good one),
I said before that I would use this blog to not only show my writing but also my other forms of self expression.
Those jam sessions that I love so much have been recorded (some of them at least). And I would like to share them with you 🙂
So here’s a sample,
it’s a one-off jam that we recorded. We’re hoping to start refining these jams into more of your typical songs. Add lyrics, cut the parts that don’t work, expand on the parts that do (maybe shorten them up a bit 🙂 ).
If you like what you hear you’re welcome to follow us on SoundCloud under “Our Last Jam”.
SoundCloud is a great tool that lets us post our music and allows feedback from those who listen.
You can comment on specific points in the track to help us improve (such as: “love this part,” this has potential,” “this part has gotta go,” etc). Feedback is always appreciated.
And if you make music to, I’d love to hear it. It’s meant for sharing, right? 🙂
And may your heart sing to the rhythm of your soul.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein
“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
– Kurt Vonnegut