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Faucet Dripping


I was watching a French film today and noticed the absence of music. Moods were indicated by sounds of a door closing or a key rattling or a faucet dripping. There was none of that overpowering Hollywood or Bollywood music that tells the audience what to feel.

In the case of the French film, it was the absence of music that gave the movie its emotional power.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in film, sound

 

Poetry, Story, & Music


As a teenager, I was drawn to the Talking Heads and The Cold (a local punk rock band in New Orleans).

I enjoyed the poetic vibrancy of Talking Heads lyrics:

´╗┐´╗┐They pick the sound and let it drop
Nobody know what they’re talking about…

Their unpredictable and unique beats elicited unique movements of the body. I felt free and happy letting my body interpret the music without any feedback from my mind…

The Cold told stories with their songs:

So now you’re starring in a show
You’re up there on the stage
I’m down here in the crowd.
You make your entrance and the dialogue begins
But all I hear are your words…

And the fast pace of the music was a perfect match for the teenager energy that my friends and I brought to the small nightclubs where the band played. We’d sing the songs along with the band and dance and jump and shake our heads vigorously as our hair cascaded back and forth and side to side.

Ahhh… to feel music, to feel it in our bones… it was the best therapy for our raging hormones…

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in dance, poetry

 

If music be…


If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

—from “The Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

When I first came across these words, reading Shakespeare was required torture as part of my High School English class. But these words stuck and I memorized them. Later on, these lines often resonated with my feelings about music and love. They brought Shakespeare back into my life but with a open interest.

Today, as I think about my new year’s resolution to explore my relationship with music, I’m reminded again of the emotions in Shakespeare’s poetry.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in poetry

 

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