Insightful article by Sri Alan Jacobs on “The Spiritual Secret Of Western Classical Music”
To a degree music is rooted in Nature, that is in bird song, the babbling brook, waves breaking on the sea shore, the rustle of leaves in trees, and certain animal sounds. In man, as part of nature there is the desire to dance and sing when happy.
Ah, the music of mystics
The sound of silence
That plays with an orchestra of none.
Play on gentle muse and I will listen to our song
As we tap our toes to the rhythm of Love.
A few months ago, a friend of mine suggested I see an animated movie called Sita Sings The Blues — he even went so far as to bring a Netflix DVD over and leave it in the temple where I live. “Just send it back once you’ve seen it,” he told me.
To be honest, I didn’t feel very attracted to watch the movie. My friend had mumbled something about, “It’s really great, it’s the Ramayana with 1920s blues songs… and all the characters from the epic tale are there..!” and somehow the description sounded lame, over all, so I passed on it.
I think we sent the DVD back to Netflix, unseen.