Thursday, February 28, 2008

About music

When listening to international music, I like to find selections that showcase the unique beauty of the local language. At first I opt for fusion music , which combines American musical forms with local types of music. With time I go for more completely indigenous forms of music. I stop at music which promotes violence, degrading relationships or idolatry. Music is to me like herbal medicine. It deserves to be taken seriously, but it can have seriously injurious effects on a person's mental or spiritual state, or conversely be very uplifting and constructive.
I believe a person should view their music as an instrument in achieving their spiritual and emotional goals. There are times in my life that I withdraw from music completely, to create a stillness in which the fragments of experience coalesce into a meaningful whole. There are times on the Jewish calender when one does not listen to music, as a part of our mourning the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash. During such times there is the deeper joy that one's mourning connects one to a people, to a collective consciousness. In the darkest days of bereavement, I am consoled by the knowledge that my sadness exists because of the life and love that preceeded it.
Since I am addressing a wide audience, I present a wide variety of music, that fits with my vision of what is "menschenwurdig" and what is supportive of the Seven Noahide Laws.

Copyright 2008 Magdeburger Joe
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