Monday, July 23, 2012

Music appreciation 101

Those who make music - sing, play, compose, arrange, teach - are among the magicians of this world.  Music is a catapult that delivers us across the high, jagged fences of our darker moments into the flowered and open meadows, into the light.  It is a soft landing.

A friend announced she would be spending this weekend with WUMB (University of Massachusetts Boston) radio and the Newport Folk Festival, incommunicado.  (Visit their site and discover programming that is not available in many markets.  A brief lament for the folk shows that Los Angeles radio used to offer.)  After viewing the line-up for this year's event, I saw NPR has archived past festivals, which led to a quick YouTube search for 2011 and introduced me to the PS22 Chorus.  Here is some background.

In their classroom on the other side of the world, the Gosnells Primary School Recorder Ensemble in West Australia performs. My brother is their teacher. The quenda of the title,  also known as the southern brown bandicoot, lives in my brother's garden. Rather than run in true fool fashion in ever-widening circles of vaguely connected passions for instruments, pieces of songs, musicians, record stores and a Rock-Ola jukebox, I will calm down. PS22, the Gosnells Ensemble and all students of music are eloquent without my help.

6 comments:

KleinsteMotte said...

Music is what has launched us forward. If only it could help to bring about the peace in each person so the harmony would be all over the world.

Marylinn Kelly said...

KleinsteMotte - Do you think those who shun harmony, who seek its opposite, can hear the music? I don't know how it can be heard and ignored. xo

beth coyote said...

This is wonderful. I loved the kid chorus.

grrl + dog said...

aww..

they are the seeds of what could be great musical trees.Didnt we all learn to play the recorder? I did.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Beth - In our town, South Pasadena, the middle and high schools have strong music programs. Many of our neighbors over the years - from as far away as Korea - moved here temporarily to get the good of it. I love a school that still offers music. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Denise - No recorders in California schools, at least not in my day. Don't they say that being able to play any instrument makes you smarter? xo