Sunday, September 11, 2005


Music ...
..... Like Nietzsche, I wouldn't want to live without it. Like Rachmaninov ... ah, but let them speak for themselves:

Where there’s music there can be love. +French Proverb

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others. +William Phelps

I do not know how to make a disctinction between tears and music. +Neitzsche

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. +Anais Nin

Do not take up music unless you would rather die than not do so. +Nadia Boulanger

Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young. +Aristotle

Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls. +Voltaire

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. +Lao Tzu

Music is the silence between the notes. +Debussy

Music is love in search of a word. +Sidonie Gabrielle

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. +Confucius

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. E. Y. Harburg, librettist

Music is an outburst of the soul. +Frederick Delius

Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent. +Henry David Thoreau

When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have. +Edgar Watson Howe

Without music, life would be a mistake…I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance. +Nietzsche

For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond. +Schumann

Music and rhythm find their ways into the secret places of the soul. +Plato

Without music, life would be an error. +Nietzsche

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. +Berthold Auerbach

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. +Gustav Mahler


When music and courtesy are better understood there will be no war. +Confucius

I despise a world which does not feel that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. +Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to the human mind. +Lewis Thomas, American physician and writer

My music is so often like a lullaby I write to myself to make sense of things I can’t tie together, or things I’ve lost, or things I’ll never have. +Stephan Jenkins

THE EQ FOUNDATION COURSE is rich in music and art, as part of the emotional intelligence experience. TO PURCHASE GO HERE. To request a FREE copy of my article, "Music is Intelligent Emotion", . This article explains the scientific basis for the salutory effects music has on us.

====PER GIANNI, con Rachmaninov e la Bellavita====
Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2004;75:344-345, © 2004 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, "When the Feeling's Gone: A Selective Loss of Musical Emotion," by T D Griffiths, J D Warren, J L Dean, and D Howard (Univ. of Newcastle, and Institute of Neurology, UK)

"Here we describe loss of the feeling or emotion produced by music itself. Musical emotion can be considered at a number of levels. At the most fundamental level, dissonance produces a perception that is unpleasant to most listeners. More variable is the intense pleasure that certain music may evoke in particular listeners, often described as a "shiver down the spine" or "chills", which is likely to represent a more complex aesthetic response. We describe a patient with selective loss of this emotional response to music, due to a focal brain lesion.

A 52 year old ... radio announcer collapsed ... and was found afterwards to have a total loss of speech comprehension and output ... His speech recovered well ... motor functions recovered completely ... However, he reported a persistent alteration in his auditory experience. He was in the habit of listening to classical music, to relax after working his night shift at the radio station, and had derived particular pleasure from listening to Rachmaninov preludes. He experienced an intense, altered emotional state or "transformation" when he did this. In common with other subjects who have this experience, the transformation was only produced by particular pieces, and he did not describe such an experience in response to music other than Rachmaninov’s, nor to other sensory experiences [emphasis mine].
e al Doctor Alifano: "Vivo Per Lei," by Andrea Bocelli (written by Zelli, Mengali è Panceri), from the CD "Romanza"


Vivo per lei da quando sai
la prima volta l’ho incontrata,
non mi ricordo come ma
mi è entrata dentro e c’è restata.
Vivo per lei perchè mi fa
vibrare forte l’anima,
vivo per lei e non è un peso.

Vivo per lei la musica.
Io vivo per lei.
Vivo per lei è unica.
Io vivo per lei.
Io vivo per lei.
Io vivo per lei.

"I Live for Her (Music)" - for translations in German, Portuguese, English, Spanish and French, go HERE, and to hear clips of the versions in these languages, go HERE.
1. 'N Italiano con Giorgia
2. En Espanol con Marta Sánchez y Bocelli canta en Espanol tambien
3. En Francais avec Helene Segara (Bocelli chante en Italian)
4. Auf Deutsch with Judy Weiss (Bocelli singing in Italian)
5. En Português with Sandy Leah Lima (Bocelli canta en Espanol)

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