I missed reading "Considerable Sounds: The Music That Matters
" when it first appeared on Duly Considered.
Here's the opener:
"Molecular Mysticism and The Music of the Spheres
The musician integrates into the social fabric, but is not of it. Art simply does not exist unassailed by social forces and the material world. One must turn inward in a process that is both personal and universal, emerging in the end outwardly via art. Music requires that it's performer be completely centered, concurrently maintaining a delicate balance between self and selfless. These concepts are not mutually exclusive. There are direct parallels between the story of the Zen Archer and the musician. One must know, exactly who and where one is in the cosmogony, have accumulated a vast array of cognitive content, and honed variety of techniques and resources. Yet the creation of art then requires abandonment of all of this to the moment. The finest musicians serve the music. The essential musician becomes the music."
DC Music Editor Benjamin New then goes on a wild solo, contemplating the zen of archery, easing into a sonic reference to "Music Matters", and creating a grand burning finale comprised of Frank Zappa, the Plastic People, Lou Reed, Vaclav Havel, and a NY show with Gary Lucas. I'd read Gary's account of that show
when he first posted it and was happy to find this reference to help prove all that music is still living and breathing and echoing around in people's memories.
Considerable Sounds ... czech it out! And, gentle reader, please overlook a coupla typos in the interest of passion.