November 26, 2010

Ode to Genius

Sometimes, just listen to your intuition and toss all those rules and avalanches of "good" advice aside.  Guidance is good but too much of it stifles and we forget how to fly. 

Music makes you fly.  Seriously, listen to music. Music is something anybody can afford and takes you to the most unbelievable places....for free. Reason why I mention the cost, explicitly, is, well, because times are tough. And I expect those following a dream are usually high on creativity and low on cash. That can lead to various degrees of depression.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the entire symphony, but the 4th movement in particular, never fails to bring me back from whatever dark places my spirit sometimes drifts into.  When you listen to it, it succeeds in expressing something so wonderful, magical, reflective of the human spirit...it's quite awesome.

You know, with this 4th movement: the highs, the lows, the verticals, the horizontals, the swirls, spins, spirals down, and the spirals up of the human spirit are audible. You can hear it. You hear the happy of life and the tragedy of life in Beethoven's music. And then the joy. Ultimately, it's the joy.  Beethoven was deaf when he wrote this. Think about what that means. Pull whatever it is you have inside you and just fucking do it. 

Beethoven's composition, all the individual notes he put down on parchment, the orchestra, made up of single beings, wielding single instruments and voices, surge together in a cascade of harmony and dissonance, light and shadow, to create this prodigious veil, which descends like an allegory of the heart, soul and mind.  Get all those individual parts inside you to play a composition. 

Listen, if you can, with headphones. Pump it into your head.  Promise; you will fly. Genius is inspired by the strength and belief you find inside of yourself. 

The version embedded here is pretty good. It never ceases to amaze me what passion lies underneath the reserved exterior of the Chinese.  This is part 1 of 4, which comprises the 4th movement. Volker Hartung conducts the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Orchestra.




2 comments:

K.M. Weiland said...

Lovely post. I'm inherently *un*-talented in any musical venture, but, thankfully, it doesn't require any talent to be a passionate listener. Thank God for music. Music offers a story in its purest form, free from even the well-intentioned clutter of words.

Veronika said...

Thanks so much for stopping by ; ) Very very nice. And you are so right.

It requires talent to write well and you obviously do. And writing well is a form of musicality don't you think? So, I wouldn't agree with you being un-talented in musical ventures.
: )