Life is a Symphony

- look for the Magic.

The Miracle of MUSIC. – part 1.

For over half a century, I have played, composed, performed and recorded songs and scores.  I have also studied the effects of music.

As my good friend and bass-virtuoso Randy Tico said to me yesterday: “People have been starving for music for a long time.”

We agreed that what you hear in the world today is not music.  It is a description of music.  It is numbers made into sound.

Digital systems replace real elements of life with images – and music is a prime example.

Real music has been an important part of every human tribe, people, religion & country since language was invented, perhaps before.

Why? What good is music?

Music provides no clothing, food, or shelter. 

Like rainbows, music only exists when it is experienced by someone.

What value, then, has music had to Human Beings for thousands of years?

My answer: Music connected us to each other, and to something beyond.

Remember that until a hundred years ago, all music was live.  It was played by musicians using voices and instruments. 

Music was a shared experience, that at times became a spiritual experience, called the “Muse”.

Churches used pipe-organs, spiritual practices included chants.  Armies sang songs, used horns, drums & bagpipes in battle.

Mothers sang their children to sleep.

It was all “live”, in-person, actual voices, real instruments.  It was personal and felt.

Today, there is little of that.  Music is not live or personal – and everything you hear is a digital reproduction (more on this later).

It fills our ears, perhaps stirs our memories, but does not provide the same connection, healing even, that live music used to offer. If you are a musical person, you are starving.  My suggestion would be to go to small, live music performances, join groups that chant or sing together, or simply sit in nature and listen to the birds.  I, like you, am forced to mostly use the digital medium as a way to reach others.  I wish I could offer you the richness of a real instrument here and now as you read this, but I can offer the song above (yes, digital, but offered at 48KHz (not MP3): 

The song is about music (use headphones if you have them).