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If the meaning of music goes beyond words, is there any point trying to analyse it?

Music is the only art that addresses our emotions without any intermediary.

Photographs, poems, novels evoke emotions by showing or describing stories or scenes, or by providing a verbal rendition of thoughts which in turn provokes the emotional response. Music does not normally have that kind of content, yet its power to evoke extraordinary feelings – even ones we might never experience otherwise – is unmatched in power and subtlety.

If using words, one will necessarily always miss the real essence of the phenomenon.


Mendelssohn’s admonition in this context goes something like: “Music cannot be described with words — not because music is vague, but because music is more specific than words.”

Pretty hard to get around that one, but that’s not to say that we shouldn’t try!

Am I QUITE SPECIFIC while describing my routine and every day life by posting these pictures?

my octopus

What I want to say is

A letter

I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.

—  Ezra Pound, from “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”



The most famous, the most celebrated, hermits and recluses are men: Thoreau, of course, but also Christopher McCandless who lived (and died) alone in Alaska, as portrayed in the film Into the Wild (2007); J D Salinger, a recluse after the success of The Catcher in the Rye (1951) until his death in 2010; the polar explorer Richard Byrd, author of the memoir Alone (1938); the American poet Thomas Merton who became a Trappist monk.


It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.

I lost my hero

Away off.

in a space in the sky, I let the sky look

at me, and I look back and do not say



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