Herbie Hancock said that music happens to be an art form that transcends language. I am passionate about language about finding the right words to describe the world as I see it but I have to agree with him that music with its emotional depth and breadth begins when words leave off (Heinrich Heine) embodying. In my experience the two go hand in hand and are at their most beautiful when they co-exist in a mutually enriching balance. After all, music is, to borrow Max Heindel’s words, the soul of language.
My piano teacher, Yi-Li Chien‘s passion for music has been formative in her life and in her teaching she seeks not only to transfer know-how but a personal connection with music. During our last lesson we spoke about the positive impact music can have as an emotional outlet, an avenue for creative expression and a shared language that transcends the boundaries lines that we so easily draw between people, cultures and more. We worked our way through a number of exercises designed to reawaken my fingers and get my head, heart and hands to move as one. I was struck by the beauty that even the simplest combinations of sounds can have and I began to understand where Maya Angelou was coming from when she said, “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
Albert Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” He took the words right out of my mouth.