Sunday, January 13, 2019

Week 2 1/13/19

Why is it necessary to understand the rise and fall of things?

Without interference, cultural events move forward and expand. Intentional disruption of the way of nature ultimately yields grave consequences.

The Celestial Way (Excerpt)  by Black Mountain School

Night Traffic in Open Secrets (Excerpt)  by Black Mountain School

Ancestral Shadows  by Ghost Radio Orchestra

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Week 52 12/30/18

We cannot be compromised by "narratives".

This is the undeniable power of the arts, above and beyond superficial judgement of man. The power of Being and Mind is superior to the merely physical and transcends semantic debate.

The ancient masters were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive.
The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable...  

Have you patience to wait till the mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoved and unmoving till the right action arises by itself? – Lao Tsu

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Week 51 12/16/18

Vision is fulfilled in the creative act.

To do that which is good is to know it, and desire it.  The act is always in motion.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Week 50 12/23/18

Seeking clarity, can you see the future?

Rather than bring chaos to order, unify disparate elements across all boundaries.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Week 49 12/10/18

Mythology and folklore speak of music as a magical force.

Sounds associated with enchantment and sorcery are at a far distance from contemporary understanding, being associated with narratives of extraordinary events.  But there is more.

When music is central to tales of the strange and paranormal, attempts to evoke its nature falter.  It is invariably described as otherworldly, beautiful, mystical... and altogether unlike anything that would fit a modern definition of "music".  It defies memory of rhythm and melody, leaving only a deep, lasting impression of high strangeness.

The composer would do well who would evoke, and repeatedly express, this formlessness.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Week 48 12/2/18

One may create, and the finished work may have clarity, yet appear obscure.

Nonetheless there are some things within the artist's control, while others are not.