LIFE IS MUSIC

 

This is a drawing I did to signify the presence of music everywhere in life and in everything.

Music was my first and greatest teacher. Listening closely, and learning how to hear is one of the best trainings for life I've ever received. Life is music. I am music.

The process began on the bass when I was fourteen. With great stacks of classical theory books from the library on my desk, I began to discover an ancient art form in the science of sound. My daily world was swirling with scales and augmented by melodies.

Then I found I had the ability to replicate through imitation with stunning precision. I would transcribe masterpieces; classical, funk, jazz - anything that touched my soul - just by listening.

Bach, Beethoven, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Jaco Pastorius. These are just a few of my favorite artists that influenced me from the beginning and I've shared countless hours with these legends in studious meditation. From their records, a timeless knowledge was passed on to me, spoken in a way that anyone can understand, if they would learn how to listen.

Although I wasn't aware of it at first, I began to realize that through this practice, I was learning about myself, about life, patterns found everywhere in the tapestry of the universe, and secrets of the cosmic continuum.

Music is a quintessential pattern of life. I initially learned this from hearing how the fusion band Weather Report was playing: it occurred to me that their style was, “A seamless blending of improvisation and composition." Ever since then, that phrase has become an intrinsic metaphor for how I live my life.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
— Duke Ellington
You have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself
— Miles Davis

We're saturated in an ocean of sound. Everything that lives and breathes performs on the bandstand of life, to celebrate the divine evolution of creativity. You'll notice that we're singing our conversations when we simply speak. The stillness of background energy patiently holds meaning, and communicates profound messages.

Music emanates from the metaphysical background of the universe. It's the musicians occupation to channel it effectively into the livingness of this dimension. It is vital that we listen, and hear. Then to integrate the meaning, and conduct ourselves with right action.

It's a wonderful way to live; hearing and feeling the vibrations of life. Sometimes it's a dissonant experience, and sometimes it's harmonious. This is the natural flow from tension to resolution. From sorrow, to celebration. This is what it means to dwell within the full spectrum magnificence of the divine creators generousity.

LET IT PLAY

"Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language, by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible."

This is the first lecture in a series by Herbie Hancock at the Harvard University on "The Ethics Of Jazz". Set 1 - The Wisdom of Miles Davis

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