January 4, 2013 at 10:03 PMSome people do not seem to understand it when a musician talks about 'color' in a piece of music... this poem is my thoughts on the subject.
Touching strings of quivering silver,
In a sure and steady hand,
The violin bow draws a stroke
Picturesque and grand.
Lifting notes right off the page
Sending them floating in the air
Painting in glowing colors-
Black and white no longer there.
Working with care to capture
Glowing thoughts that open like flowers
So beautifully new, yet wordless -
Like the fresh, early wee hours.
Every detail thoughtfully distinguished
The heart laid open and bare;
Every movement filled with passion-
Every breath a prayer.
Look! Observe with your eyes!
Listen! To what every ear can tell:
An accomplished violinist
Is not only a musician, but an artist as well.
© CFW 2012
So I wonder how I see music? Shapes? Textures? But none of those work - I think the honest answer is I simply don't. Indeed, I think I suppressed music for over 40 years and didn't really respond to it, save for hearing oldies from my child- and teenage years.
Music strikes me as a pure emotion of its own, it modulates my behaviour, almost as if I was a puppet on its strings....
Which causes me to ask if colour is the dominant way you respond to music?
I choose my musical idols on that critera. I'm not interested in perfect technique that serves nothing, I'm interested in interesting artistery, something that sounds meaningful and full of beauty.
I too think artists and musicians can be one in the same. One is mixing color with a brush while the latter is painting the notes with it's bow. Corny I know ;)
When I started fingerpicking guitar, I described it as "dropping notes into a pool of silence".
Now shapes - I can describe any music in shape and texture! The same is actually true of my vision, I'm not very colour driven but profoundly shape sensitive.
Elise, here are some links that may help?
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