One of the exciting experiences of life comes when we suddenly see or understand something for the first time or in a very different way. We may call these experiences “epiphanies.” They are often of a spiritual nature and may have a slightly mysterious or enigmatic twist. They also may suddenly explain something that we have been puzzling over for a very long time.
Date: August 18, 2018Author: Jettie Harris
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WHY? Why would you name a town WHY? If I lived in WHY, AZ, I would have great fun with the idea of “why”.
WHY is the sky blue? Why are the mountains where they are? Is there any reason for why the valley is so dry and sandy? Why doesn’t the rain fall in the valley like it does on the mountain tops? And, why does the road seem to disappear as it goes farther and farther into the mountainous background? Why did someone call this town by its odd name, WHY?
That simple three letter word is one of the most powerful words in our English language. It spawned the discovery of electricity. It preceded the creation of the steam engine and the airplane. And, that word has succeeded in driving parents to nervous distraction like it did my daddy when I asked the question for the thousandth time. Consider music. Consider creation. Is there any connection between the evidence of music in almost every possible domain and the idea that creation might have been a musical event? I believe that there is a very definite connection. It just takes a little imagination to open worlds of possibility.
Date: August 9, 2018Author: Jettie Harris
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The Moon Sing? Sounds ridiculous! Imagine being hundreds of thousand miles away. You are looking up at the earth. The moon is silhouetted like a huge balloon against the southern-most oceans of our planet. You are on the dark side of the moon. Imagine being in a space ship equipped with the latest technology in plasma wave antennae and high-definition speakers. Suddenly you hear a hauntingly weird sound, as of some angelic beings humming, accompanied only by a rustling wind. Then the wafting sound of some ethereal flute playing in the most soprano of soprano registers. Never have you heard music like this, but it is, without a doubt —– beautiful music. Anyone who has heard, or thought they heard, space music says, it is peaceful and it is beautiful. Click Here to hear it yourself.
Does this picture convey conflict between God and man?
What am I looking at? It seems to be a minute piece of the world floating in space! Ah! Yes! But look closer—-water, clouds, mountains and maybe even a sliver of seashore. And what are those sparkly yellowish spots scattered about? Of course! Those are city lights marking the presence of people on the world.
When one stops to think about it, this picture is a good analogy of the common dichotomy which we human beings face all the time—-and maybe do not even think about. This is the split between human and spirit; this is the expression of man’s view and God’s ability; this puts in one small frame the scope of difference in the way “things” are seen. This, by imaginative extension, could depict the chasm between man’s intellect and the products of his intellectual prowess and the overwhelmingly magnificent prowess of God’s vastness and endless creative power.
Date: January 15, 2018Author: Jettie Harris
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Sound is a universal force. That has been suspected for a very long time, but there was no practical way to measure, analyze or quantify what that actually meant. Sound is everywhere. Some sound is pleasant; some sound is extremely unpleasant. Sound as a universal force can heal. Sound as a universal force can destroy. Sound as a universal force can ameliorate mental illness. It can entertain, cause fear, change moods, incite nervousness and even anger.
If we were to try to analyze sound thoroughly and pinpoint its myriad ramifications, it would take years of research and volumes upon volumes of explanatory text. And impossible undertaking—-to what end? But let’s look at a few amazing thing about sound.
Date: December 5, 2017Author: Jettie Harris
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It is hard to say how far back in time sound has been subject to serious consideration as being vital to life. It feels as if mankind has been puzzling over the idea of “sound” forever and always. The Aboriginal people of Australia have believed for thousands of years that sound is vital to life as a healing tool. Primordial medicine may have actually centered around sound. The ancients tell of healing broken bones, children’s illnesses and war injuries solely by playing the yidaki, or modern didgeridoo, a primitive wind instrument. Contemporary reports refer to cases of asthma and sleep apnea being cured by the same instrument.
Pythagoras apparently used therapeutic sound to treat both physical and emotional ill health. And, of course, the Old Testament states over and over how David ministered to King Saul with his harp when the king was in the throes of emotional and psychological disfunction. It seems that many ancient cultures believed that sound is vital to life and good health.
There is a definite connection between the long history of sound as a healing entity and the long history of music as an omni-present force in the entire universe. Curt Sachs, the renowned German: “However far back we trace mankind, we fail to see the springing up of music.’ Music is sound, and sound can be music. In fact, I would say that the most scintillating example of sound is music. And, I believe it is of utmost importance to continually trace the history of sound—-in particular, musical sound—-as one of the vital components of life. Because music is endemic to all other disciplines in one way or another, it is becoming more and more necessary to understand its true value in our cultures and lives.
Date: September 27, 2017Author: Jettie Harris
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Do you realize that our entire universe is a vibrating universe? The wonders of our vibrating universe are there for us to study and are also too vast to number. Just yesterday we experienced a total eclipse of the sun in a large area of our country. That was made possible by the wave-length/particle travel of packets of energy called photons. Photons travel in the same way that sound waves travel, except that they do not require a medium through which to move. I found a web-site that has a unique approach to science and art. Here is an interesting quote from that site: “Light and sound are waves. All waves travel outward from the source that creates them, and all waves vibrate. A vibration is simply a back and forth motion around a position of equilibrium. Light waves vibrate from side to side as they travel along a directional path. Normal sound waves in air vibrate from front to back as they propagate outward in all directions from their source.”
This idea alone is adequate to initiate a long trail of imaginative conjecture about the origins of our universe and its maintenance. The idea is that everything “vibrates”. For eons, now, science has been toying with the idea that sound and sound waves are vital to the constancy of our universe and the life upon it. The problem was that we had no way of empirically substantiating what we thought we knew. String theory spoke highly of frequency possibly being the magic link that could unite general relativity and quantum theory. But their main pillar of logic was mathematically oriented and they had only theorems and equations to back them up. Mankind needed a much more tangible explanation to even begin to understand what the string theorists were so excited about. Take time to consider the wonders of our vibrating universe!
Date: September 11, 2017Author: Jettie Harris
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Sound and vibration in creation are coming more and more into the forefront of foundational scientific thinking. Australian Aboriginal tradition says: “—-primordial sound created the world and everything in it.” Science is now taking this idea seriously and is actually basing a great deal of research on this idea.
Sound and vibration are difficult to apprehend and to understand. There are too many facets of the subject to allow us to talk about it general terms. Therefore, think about creation. Science has fairly well settled the issue about sound in creation. A group of theorists and scholars headed by John Stuart Reid in the UK have been working very hard and long to establish an empirical system of studying sound. They have largely succeeded. Now, through their efforts we have the cymascope which can capture and exhibit the peculiar and essential characteristics of sound waves. String theory has been profoundly pursuing this idea of vibration and creation for many years and now it is possible to actually see sound waves and particle waves in order to understand.
“According to string theory, absolutely everything in the universe—all of the particles that make up matter and forces—is comprised of tiny vibrating fundamental strings. … The body of the violin has resonant frequencies, which work to amplify the sound created by the vibrating string.”
This principle is one which is viable in every discipline from mathematics to medicine—the principle of harmonics—which is so obviously present in the field of music. Sound and vibration are self-evident universally.
Date: August 2, 2017Author: Jettie Harris
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Visible sound – music – inseparable. Imagine what this concept could eventually teach us. James Burke wrote in his landmark book, The Day the World Changed, that “–as the body of knowledge changes, so do we—-“. There are exciting changes taking place in today’s world that could revolutionize our total understanding of our universe. One of the greatest new insights is “visible sound”. Visible Sound is a novel idea. It could be the ground-breaking idea that finally gathers all disciplines together under one umbrella. Einstein believed this would eventually happen. His Holy Grail was to find a “means of describing nature’s forces within a single, all-encompassing, coherent framework.” His was a passionate belief that the deepest understanding of the universe would reveal its truest wonder: the simplicity and power of the principles on which it was based.”
Visible sound – music – inseparable? Where does the idea of visible sound come into the picture? The entire scientific world has at one time or another considered the vast importance of frequency, vibration and wave-theory as necessary to the study of matter and our universe. Light travels in waves: electricity travels in waves: heat and cold, wind and fire, song and music all travel from one place to another in waves—or so we thought. A new emergent science called cymatics is now saying that waves are only the linear expression of bubbles of sound, light, color and such. With the development of their cymascope, they have been able to create patterns out of nothing but sound, and furthermore, to photograph those patterns successfully. Visible sound is now a reality, thanks to the developments in the cymatics laboratories, and is becoming a valuable tool. Not only is this experimentation broadening our knowledge of sound, but it is making it possible to see how sound creates form out of formlessness. Music is the highest form of sound. They can be considered one and the same.
Visible sound – music – inseparable. What does this have to do with the image at the head of this article? This image was created by recording and playing back the sonic waves made by a dolphin. Sound waves and music are irrevocably related to one another. Hence, one could make the assumption that this image was shaped by the vibration of musical frequencies of some ilk.
Music’s unique power in the universe can be described in thousands of ways, depending upon the context. A musician will describe the technical elements and, maybe, the emotional effect of the music. A doctor will talk about the healing elements, even though not fully understood. However, music’s unique power to heal is a given. The unique power of music to recreate memory is well recognized, if not completely comprehended. Music is a powerful tool in treating the mentally challenged, the elderly and those afflicted with all kinds of dementia. But—-the truth in music with which I am dealing goes much deeper than this: it has to do with the human soul and the creation of the entire universe. Music’s unique power cannot be exclusively understood without realizing the deep connections at work in the entire universe and its creatures. Recent research has made it very clear that there is a direct connection between musical capabilities and linguistic capabilities. Humankind and the animal world—especially the bird-world share the mechanisms that facilitate language and song. The song-learning areas of the “bird-brain” and the human brain are congruent, and can be mapped.
Music swirls all around us—just like the graphic to the left.
True sign of intelligence is imagination – Einstein. In fact, he believed that imagination was far more valuable than either intelligence or knowledge. Based on that idea, writing a book becomes one of the most challenging and yet satisfying experiences that one can have. Imagination is an imperative. It was a fertile imagination that fueled the fires of curiosity years ago when I started thinking about music and creation. And it is imagination that will permit readers to follow the path of logic I shall present. Can you—will you imagine—-?
Writing God’s Song, my first book about creation, has given me a perfect platform for the imaginative exploration of truth in music. And, that exploration has led to un-numbered other discoveries in science, language, theology. It has even provided a way to find new truths about music itself. My imaginative quest for truth in music has led me to ask an elusive question: Are we made of music? This is an elusive question. Just engage your imagination! If we connect the dots between science, language, theology and music, the connection becomes a powerful path of logic. It makes it possible to understand that if science is right, and it is vibrating energy that holds the universe together, the next logical step is—–We Are Music! Music IS vibrating energy! Maybe Einstein knew something we have missed: True Sign of Intelligence Is Imagination.
Westminster Choir College had its earliest roots in Dayton, Ohio. Originally it was at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1920. In 1932, Westminster Choir College finally moved to Princeton, New Jersey. The college has stood as a national institution for 85 years. It is threatened by the same attrition and cultural decline that has taken down many institutions. As the culture of art and music has been drifting away from classical roots, it has become more and more difficult to maintain the high standard of education and dissemination of artistic beauty. The expected outcome of all this is not difficult to see.
Rider University of Trenton, New Jersey, is now in process of trying to find another institution to buy Westminster Choir College. Hopefully, they can find a way to accomplish survival of this icon. The failure of this endeavor could necessitate boarding up the famous bulwark of beauty and learning.
Where Did Music Come From? Simple Answer – Hello, World! Indeed! Finally, I can go on-line and see the results of a lifetime of inquiry and study, and a child-like curiosity that still, at the age of 85, is as sharp-edged as ever. At the age of ten and in danger of death from scarlet fever, I began a journey, which has lasted, literally, for my entire life of answering that question; “Where Did Music Come From?”. The questions that fueled that journey were simple, or so I thought: What is music, after all? Where did music come from? As a matter of fact, where did we come from? And—–is there any connection between the two?