Category Dizzy’s Quotes

Music As Communication


My first really powerful musical experience came at a very early age when I happened upon a recording of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in my father’s record collection and I put it on. This music communicated to me so powerfully that, afterwards, when I read the descriptions that Beethoven had made on the manuscript from the record jacket, I was merely validated. I thought ‘of course, that’s what it had to be about; music about various scenes in nature’. It’s interesting that Beethoven also made the following note on the manuscript;

“The hearers should be allowed to discover the situations,”

“All painting in instrumental music is lost if it is pushed too far,”

I find this very interesting because it is a bit of an explanation of how music is a two-way communication...

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You’re A Shinning Star

One occasionally hears talk or reads articles about the content of pop music and it usually gets a pretty bad rap. The snippet below, from FaceBook is an all too typical case;

Admittedly, in an effort to appear counter-culture and thus sell more records, the ‘bad boy’ content has been played up. Hell, even violinist Paganini played up rumors that he was in contract with the Devil. Maybe he was the one who started this particular sales tactic. This is kind of an unfortunate situation because, for one thing, it plays right into the hands of the religious right and drum banging about ‘religious freedom,’ which is freedom to do whatever and suppress whomever they want.

The other reason it’s unfortunate is there has been some great music made in this day and age...

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Your Own Opinion

In our society, we tend to rely on the opinions of ‘authorities.’ We look to the media to get our information, when really it’s a lot of misinformation without any reference to the source. In music and art, people look to critics and what is reported to be popular trends. People actually know this and say they are too busy to be doing their own research into things and so they choose a source to supply them with their information.

There is, however, societal conditioning at play whereby a group tends to monitor and enforce the thinking of its members...

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You Are The Composer Of Your Own Life

Everyone, it seems, is fairly creative as a kid. Kids engage in games of imagination, at least I did. My friend Ricky and I were always playing make-believe types of games; we would take legos and constructor set parts and create ‘space cities.’ We would role play, being Batman and Robin or Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. Small wonder that I grew up to be a composer. We would sit in our class and draw designs for robots, computers and submarines on the scratch paper.

I think every kid does this to some extent. As we ‘grow up,’ however, we are ‘taught to be logical.’ Imagination is discouraged and we are grounded in reality because this is ‘normal...

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