Friday, June 11, 2010

The virtue of Music

A page from my sketchbook.

As I post this, neighbors across the way are playing music. It is rock and roll. What is it about loud, too often bad guitar playing that young boys are drawn to? What is it about loudness that says that it is good?
Where are the parents when children show interest in music? Why not a cello, or a harp or perhaps a lute or nylon string guitar? Why aren't the kids saying, 'teach me about the orchestra'?

Why must it always be electric and not acoustic?


The Words Crafter said...

I like a wide variety of music-cello is nearly divine! I also like piano-but classical music actually puts me on edge...? Sometimes, I like the music loud enough to fill me up so I can feel it...I can't explain. But, given the purpose of music, its power, and the fact that we are created to worship, it's no wonder that it's also often dark and twisted....and that people so easily succumb to its're right though, young people aren't exposed to different kinds and it's being slowly removed from schools. Tragic.

J.R.Howley said...

I'm not sure I understand what Wored Crafter meant when they said "...but classical music actually puts me on edge..?" It seems to indicate some negative reation to it if I am reading it corectly. Classical Music is a broad term often wrongly used. Many people lump any orchestral music from the past as 'Classical'. The Orchestra (to me) is, outside the human voice, the most expressive form music in western civilization. One can suggest a picture, a sunset, a mood, sadness, joy, etc. in spectacular ways. Hardly Classical, Maurice Ravel in the
2nd movement (addagio Assai) of his piano concerto in G creats a soundscape that will make one soar into places unknown. I will post a link to a performance of it in the next post. It is well worth watching.