Articles for July 2017

MUSIC’S UNIQUE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE

Where_did_music_come_fromMusic’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.

MUSIC’S UNIQUE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE: IN NATURE

Ofer Tchernikovski, City College of New York, has done extensive research in the fields of language and speech development.  He made a study of the zebra finch from Australia and how it learns to sing.  The same brain waves and patterns of repetitive syllable sounds are evident in the finch as in the human child learning to speak.  An interesting side-bar to his research was the discovery that songbirds often stutter just like human beings.  The faulty synapse firing that causes a human being to stutter causes the same reaction in a bird.  Bird songs electronically slowed down exhibit melody and rhythm just like song does to us.  Music’s unique power is evident in Ofer’s work: it exploits the idea that music exists everywhere and in many strange and unexpected places.  This is only one example of the imagination invoking the presence of music in the world around us.  It needs to be nurtured and expanded upon.    Remember to connect the dots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRz7Xwi1ypU

MUSIC’S UNIQUE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE: IN SPACE

Space exploration is one of the most fascinating and reason-defying marks of our century. NASA has sent probes into space which have sent back recordings of sounds that have not been available to us in real time. What does this have to do with the idea of music’s unique power in the universe?  It takes the willingness to stretch the imagination in order to open up a new world of beauty and knowing. Connect the dots  and  relate the knowledge of musical elements to other, stranger fields of knowledge. Ask the questions: What Is Music Really?

How many of you have ever thought of space music in any other way than the movie score for Star Wars?   How about the innate music of the spheres? What about the music of the planets, or the stars, or the aurora borealis?   One of the problems besetting this line of thinking is our human prejudicial concepts of music itself.   Did it ever occur to you that zebra finch is making music or that the wood wren’s song is a precursor to the Beethoven Fifth?   (See above)  If that is a difficult concept, how much more difficult is it to think of the music made by the rings of the planet Saturn.  One of my favorite orchestral instruments is the tympani.  The electro-magnetic song of the Saturn rings, in my mind, is the tympani in the percussion section of the universal symphony orchestra!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVfkW9oxhIk

MUSIC’S UNIQUE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE: IN THE HEART OF A CHILD

When a toddler  is able to conduct with the heart and soul of a mature conductor, it signals a mysterious reality. It signals the innate existence of something deep within that cannot be readily explained.  Watch this brief video and see if you can logically explain it.  We are music.

True Sign of Intelligence Is Imagination – Einstein

What Did Einstein Say about Imagination

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.

In Your Imagination Consider: Are We Music?

Micho Kaku, co-founder of string field theory and authority on quantum mechanics, immediately saw the relevance of musical elements in nature.  In teaching the wonders of string theory back in the 20th century.  Freddie Ravel, noted speaker and blogger, exhibited great imagination in writing  about Kaku’s work:  “We now, for the first time in history have a candidate for the mind of God. It is, cosmic music resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. We are nothing but melodies. We are nothing but cosmic music played out on vibrating strings and membranes. Obeying the laws of physics, which is nothing but the laws of harmony of vibrating strings.”   WE Are Music and  science is beginning to confirm  that idea.   Kaku and Ravel both exhibit extraordinary intelligence through their imaginations.  Their imaginations give them a rare concept of things that are otherwise evasive.

 http://www.freddieravel.com/dr-michio-kaku-music-applied-physics/ 

How fascinating that the world is beginning to see and understand the relationship that exists between music and the physics and scientific laws of our world.    Indeed, “Hello, World!”

Imagination, Intelligence and Knowledge At Work

The relatively new science, cymatics, unrecognized as it yet is, is making profound statements and offering proof of them in a most undeniable way.  They say that “without sound, the universe would collapse.”   That is an astounding claim, but they can back it up almost completely and conclusively, by photographing the results of feeding frequencies into the cymascope and producing the consistent shapes that the particular vibrations produce.  They make the statement: “Vibration underpins all matter in the universe.  No matter can exist without vibration.”  And, of course, sound is audible vibration—-the essence of music.

Here again, we see imagination giving credence to inherent intelligence.  The natural outcome is the rapid growth of knowledge.  Einstein: True Sign of Intelligence: Imaginaton.

It took immense imagination, underpinned with intelligence and great knowledge of the physics of sound, to enable this group of scientists from the UK, Denmark and the United States to connect the  dots in their research.  They started with an idea from the great German scientist Ernst Chladni in the mid-18th century.  Chladni noted that he could make sand or salt dance into various uniform shapes simply by bowing a cello bow over the edge of a copper plate.  John Stuart Reid and his colleagues have expanded this into a complete theory of sound and vibration as as a creative force. They took Einstein’s question to heart, What Did Einstein Say about Imagination, and ran with it.    https://www.cymascope.com/cymascope.html

WESTMINSTER CHOIR COLLEGE THREATENED

Westminster_Choir_College

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.

To Be a Student at Westminster Choir College was a Privilege

I was a student there in the ’70’s. It’s almost impossible to provide a reasonable, scientifically and historically sound argument for the value of classical music. This argument causes getting into the all too common space of human preference. None of us has the real right to judge another’s preference, do we?  Nevertheless, I became a far more discerning and capable musician as a diredt result of my years a Westminster Choir College.

Over the last forty plus years, I have painstakingly crafted a theory of Creation. That theory gives credence to the idea that music written according to the cosmic rules of harmony, rhythm and beauty can be scientifically isolated and proven.  The next step could easily be to document music as the raw material of Creation. The outcome of my work is unifying.  It brings together elements of language, science, theology and music. This provides for an intelligent discussion about the presence and necessity of music in our lives. Good music does not defy the beauty and order of the Creator God Himself. In fact, it enhances the deeper study of musical reason and beauty. I learned this at Westminster Choir College.

To Loose the Impact of Westminster Choir College Would Be Tragic

There are caveats!  In the first place, one must be able to understand why the loss of great music would be tragic. Secondly, one should be able to understand the connection between great music and the grand scheme of Creation and music. Thirdly, a clear understanding of the origins of music is imperative to understanding all of this. Westminster Choir College is one of the finest and most reverenced of all music schools where these values were taught.

Gaining insight to these ideas is a journey that must be explored, examined and talked about. Friends of Westminster Choir College and Freehold Township High School talk with me. Let me know how you feel about this troubling event.  Check my web-site, jettieharris.com for more information as this journey unfolds.

You can get more information from the Rider University site, and then let them know how you feel, as well.

https://www.rider.edu/wcc/academics/choirs/westminster-choir

Where Did Music Come From? Simple Answer

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?

Why I Wrote My Book

I was a precocious child and musically talented. So, these questions were not really THAT strange in the context of my small world, but they were relentless. Why does music make me feel things I can’t begin to describe? Why the world of nature intrigue and move me so intensely? And why is music called the universal language? And isn’t it more than a language? Have any of you out there in this vast cyber-land had such gnawing ideas for which you can find no satisfactory explanations? Have you ever asked the question; “Where Did Music Come From?”

If so, I would be so pleased to hear from you. And as this new on-line venture unfolds, I will have so many things to share for you to consider! It has been an amazing and kaleidoscopic journey. Please join me. Comments and questions on all blogs are most welcome.