Thursday, December 22, 2011
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But back to Hooker, Slapout, Beaver, and Buffalo - I've visited and made myself a 'resident for a day' in so many small towns that I can attest to the fact that the local characters do stand out.
I always bring it back to Mozart - my business is Mozart - so I've got a few ideas brewing about Mozart Around Town.
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jAtaH pareNa dharmaNA yatsavRidbhiH sahAbhuvaH / pitA yatkashyapasyAgniH shraddhA / mAtA manuH kaviH 90 soma.N rAjAnaM varuNamagnimanvArabhAmahe / AdityaM viShNuN sUryaM / brahmAnaM cha bRihaspatim 91 ita eta udAruhandivaH / pRiShThAnyA ruhan / pra bhUrjayo yathA pathodyAmaNgiraso yayuH 92 rAye agne mahe tvA dAnAya samidhImahi IDiShvA hi mahe vRiShaM dyAvA hotrAya pRithivI 93 dadhanve vA yadImanu vochadbrahmeti veru tat pari vishvAni kAvyA nemishchakramivAbhuvat 94 pratyagne harasA haraH shRiNAhi vishvataspari . yAtudhAnasya rakShaso balaM nyubjavIryam 95 tvamagne vasUNriha rudrAN AdityAN uta yajA svadhvaraM janaM manujAtaM ghRitapruSham 96
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July 22, 2011
The other day my fiancée and I went and saw an amazing concert. It was a mix of beautiful music, history, and good story telling. Wayne McEvilly is a great host and an awesome musician he transports you to an era of beautiful classicism that you have never experienced before. For a whole hour you get to experience an inside look into a world of truly delightful music. He performs pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. If you have never seen a concert by Wayne McEvilly I strongly suggest you go, you will be blown away.
When we first arrived at the Downtown Metropolitan Library we entered a nice room with a beautiful black piano on a stage that was made of light oak wood. Wayne McEvilly entered the room wearing a black tuxedo with tails, white shirt, black bow tie and black cowboy boots. He did his introductions then let us know that the audience is the most important part of the concert. Which is very true considering nobody could get anywhere if there wasn’t an audience to support the music. He gave us a little history of his work which included selling Italian ice and giving shoe shines for ten cents. When he sat down to his piano he let us know it was tuned to Mozart’s. He started playing “Amazing Grace” magnificently then it turned into an upbeat cheery tune. He then asked the audience if they knew what it was. Nobody knew, it was Mozart’s Papageno Act I and then he describes Mozart as an entire genius in his simplicity. It was so elegant, very lovely music. Moreover, he describes to us how music can tell a story without words. Then he quotes Aristotle “The ear is the door to the soul.” He describes music as metaphysics just like you don’t have to see Him to know he is around music can take you to a whole new level beyond earthly phsyics.
He explains how he plays this music for children to see how they react and what emotions they feel then he played three blind mice then he asked how it made us feel. Of course it made us feel pretty happy upbeat just like the children. Then he played a lower version of it and it sounded very dark and ominous. It is amazing how a few notes can really change the entire mood of the music and every one of all different ages can feel the same emotion that is portrayed by the music. Then explains that he got his first piano in 1940 and he heard a composer whose name I don’t remember, anyways he played a minuet from him and let me tell you it was absolutely breathtaking. It completely transported me. In fact there were so many emotions running through me it gave me chills to my spine and brought tears to my eyes. I can completely understand why it inspired him to play the piano if I had heard that when I was younger I might have felt the same way. He learned to play by ear which he explained if you play by ear you play by your heart.
Then he invited us to listen with our heart instead of using our minds. The first prelude of Bach was the first music he studied. Then he played for us the music birds, mourning dove, which is one tone. Then I guess he was trying to get us out of our comfort zones and asked us all to hum the tune while he played the piano. The music felt like waves of calm as they grew to release again to a slow quiet stop. You could just feel the energy in the room it was very moving. McEvilly is a pretty profound speaker he explained it is efficient to listen for a reality you simply can’t figure out. With Beethoven “Music is a higher revelation than philosophy”. He then took us back to fifth grade and made us count the notes. Then he replayed the major tones which were happy while the minor tones were ominous, dead. He asked us to close our eyes while he played a piece from Beethoven. On that journey I could just feel the sorrow and I was asking myself why the pain and in the midst of it there was a feeling of relief that made me feel like it’s okay even through the pain we will get through it. I felt all those emotions on that journey through Beethoven.
All these different journeys McEvilly is taking us through are amazing. He plays Chopin and as he is playing the music transported me to a beautiful ballroom. I could imagine me in a beautiful gown as I floated across the ballroom dance floor. Then it went into this intense vibe. There were so many emotions. After this beautiful journey he started to describe Liszt and how people told him he must play his music to be well balanced. Then he played Chopin’s Funeral by Liszt. Whoa, slow down there buddy, the emotions I got from that piece were confusion and little emotion well besides the confusion. Which is funny, while he was describing Liszt and who he wanted to do Chopin’s songs in his own way all I could think is this is what musicians do today. When the music is already great why mess with it? Then he played for us Beethoven Pathetique. Once again, chills throughout my body. I could just feel the dual emotions. The emotion would rise and swell then it would be such a sweet melody of love and life. It sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions just beautiful.
After the hour was over I felt as if I had been all over the world and back. Wayne McEvilly and his piano are a force to be reckoned with. How else can you experience a world full of emotion and history in just one hour? It is truly amazing how simple notes and keys on a piano when played a certain way can completely transform the mood, energy and emotion of everyone who is listening to it. In fact, it is absolutely astounding and magical. This is an hour well spent and I would suggest for anyone who has the chance to go and experience a world of beauty that Wayne McEvilly is willing to take you to.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
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are two common accolades you might find on hundreds of thousands of blogposts. So I have to be a bit more ‘verbose’ -
I always knew from the tweets of @BruceSallan and @moondustwriter that there had to be a storehouse of substance behind the curtain- this post lifted the curtain and I feel privileged to be present at the ‘scene’ depicted here-with effective use of multi-media techniques.
It inspires on so many levels – I am particularly moved to get going and write more and more by Bruce’s recounting his gaining confidence in his own abilities as a writer by the simple act of writing more and then more.
Wonderful how I open the door onto the Twitterverse every morning and do not know what I might find…But I do know in advance I will find treasure -
Perhaps most of all I thank you both for presenting the genre ‘The Blogpost As Interview’ in full perfection.
Friday, June 3, 2011
agna A yAhi vItaye / gRiNAno havyadAtaye / ni hotA satsi barhiShi / Mantra #1
Much has been written about the sAmaveda.
There are many books which you can study. You can ponder various translations. You can consult many experts with many varying points of view.
You can do all of this and not once come close to sAma.
sAmaveda is a bestowal of an activity upon our mortal nature-it is a collection of mantras that gives us something to do with our time, something of infinite worth.
How to come close to sAma? You must do sAma.
How do you do sAma?
You chant the syllables of the mantra. At first this activity is performed 'out loud' - and then as you make your voice softer and softer there comes a moment when you are whispering - and then, you begin to hear, after many repetitions, the mantra resounding within you. This begins the process of contemplation or meditation upon and within the mantra. This is your 'job' with sAmaveda -
Now, you have been wondering why I spell sAmaveda with that big A - that designates the pronunciation as a long vowel.
O.K. Let's look at mantra 1.
But first, what is a mantra? It is a device you choose to employ to free the mind from its shackles. It consists of any number of syllables-from one syllable to the vastest number you might imagine.
Beginning with mantra #1 agna A yAhi vItaye / gRiNAno havyadAtaye / ni hotA satsi barhiShi /
Note that it consists of 24 syllables / three lines of eight syllables each / How like the rhythm of Mozart. Each unit is taken in itself as a mantra. Long mantras contain shorter mantras.
So, to be as simple as possible - Your first 'job' is to begin at the beginning. Take the mantra 'agna' - Close your eyes. Repeat it outloud. Softer. Softer. Softer. Now you will be hearing it within. Listen to it. Listen to it long and lovingly. That is all. Do this for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes...according to your appetite. You have begun the process.
Then you go onto to the second mantra with this longer mantra #1 consisting of one syllable - A - (we would write that Ah!) - You have heard the mourning dove sing upon one note and never tire of the sound. That is your job with this second mantra A.
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agna A yAhi
Thursday, June 2, 2011
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You can be counted on to ‘hit the nail on the head’ pretty consistently.
Precisely, the human ‘need to make sense’ sometimes gets us into trouble. We begin to seek blame in our desire to make connections between events that may have no relationship in reality. Causality is not the only connecting principle in our universe. It is, however, the one we seem most readily to ‘understand’ and so we try to force all our experiences into an area where they must be explained in terms of cause and effect. This error you very deftly pointed out. Having done that, the case is pretty much closed.
There are these mysteries.
The best is yet TO BE -
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I believe the basic patterns used in all music can be instrumental in placing the child’s mind in this place of assurance.
I believe you are providing the children you work with, and their families, and thus the community with a great service which will bring lasting benefits. Thank you for taking the time from you busy schedule to comment on what I am doing.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Here is something inspiring and instructive about improvising within the body of the Mozart Piano Sonatas – in the final movement of Sonata 13 Bb Major there is the instruction in Mozart’s autograph score: ‘ad libitum’ – There you have it and from the master himself. But wait (as they say in the Infomercials) There’s More! & this one is even more exciting! In the great 14th Sonata in C Minor also third movement occurs a series of fermatae with this instruction: ‘a piacere’ – at your pleasure, if you please, as you like it, do what you will. La! Signed-Mozart. Amazing.
As Cole Porter said: ‘Let’s Do It!’ Let’s fall in love with our freedom as classical musicians!
Do we need permission to improvise in the midst of things Mozartean? Well, there you have it!