Nothing, nothing compares to the moment your emotions graduate and grow out of your body, forcing you to put pen to paper and express them nakedly to the masses. On music paper or journaling, either way, once it begins, the force is unstoppable and no amount of tears can hold back the river of sound that will come from your hands.
In reverse, we can hear a composition and feel raped by its unflinching truth, holding us hostage to its revelations. Musicians often describe themselves as not present when they perform, like their soul is transported along with their instrument to an inner being that resonates with every beat of a drum or strum on a guitar, the pressing of keys on a piano elevating their awareness incrementally as the composition progresses.
As the listener, the same phenomenon takes a hold of us when we listen to music during certain activities. Its a connection that defies logic and ties us to the subject, feeling every piece of them as they play.
Henry, a man I once knew, could play the piano and make love to the crowd with every press of a key. His body contorted, his feet hit the petals like clockwork. When I listened to him, I felt as if there wasn’t a place on Earth that could replicate the beauty of pure emotion being ripped from your chest and laid bare for all to see. No landscape on Earth, no animal above or below, no star in the heavens could compare to to the unspoken words he said to me through his music. And that’s the same language our ancestors spoke when they developed the art of music.
If you’re not already in love with a melody, give one of these a try and feel for yourself the messages being written for you by the artists.
- Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Allemande | Yo Yo Ma & Johann Sebastian Bach
- Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 – “Moonlight” – Adagio sostenuto | Daniel Barenboim & Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Gianni Schicchi: O Mio Babbino Caro (Arr for Violin and Orchestra | Joshua Bell
- String Quintet in E Major, Op. 11 No. 5, G. 275: III. Minuetto “The Celebrated Minute” | Budapest Strings & Béla Bánfalvi
- Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major Op. 73 – “Emperor” – 2. Adagio Un Poco Mosso | Alfred Brendel, Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Ludwig van Beethoven
My selection for pure emotion in sound:
Classical New Age Piano and Violin Duets | Classical New Age Piano Music