Friday, September 14, 2007

Music is Bliss

I didn't post last night because I was out at a Spoon show until verrrry late. Needless to say, it freakin' rocked.

What I love about music, and especially live music, is the way you lose yourself in the sound, the performance, the atmosphere. This is an experience of bliss, no doubt about it.

What I love about Spoon, specifically, is the craft of the songs, and especially of the lyrics. They go beyond the rational and dip into the subconscious, symbolic, the mythic. They don't always make "sense," but they are by no means nonsense. Like the very best poetry, they are authentic and true.

I don't know if you have music in your life like this, but I know that listening to a band like Spoon or Modest Mouse or Elvis Costello helps me to bypass my mundane, conscious brain, and bring me into heightened awareness. Usually after listening, I want to create art. Literally, this music is my muse.

I truly believe there is no other art form that so directly hooks into the energetic, creative center of a person as music, so if you're looking to find help toward your bliss, make sure you have a musical companion or three to turn to.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I'm going to have to check out Spoon. Pete Yorn and Ani DiFranco are two of my closest 'musical companions.' Of their albums, I am especially fond of Yorn's Musicforthemorningafter and Ani D's Evolve.