The Language of the Soul

You know, it’s impossible to lie when you are playing a piece of music.  No, I don’t think you quite understand what I’m talking about.  I know you can certainly play the Minute Waltz while shouting “The sky is green!  And my name is Hiffleplushi!”  In fact, I just did so in order to prove it.  But that’s speaking in two different languages, quite a different matter.  I mean it’s impossible to lie through a piece of music.

If you play it the way you are supposed to, music is a language.  It is the language of the soul.  It’s impossible to tell a lie while you are speaking it, and I was reminded of this fact today.  Lately I’ve been thinking about a friend of mine whom I’m worried about.  As I was practicing this one Intermezzo by Brahms today, and putting expression into it, I did not choose what feelings went into it.  The thoughts, concerns, prayers, and wishes I have for this friend all poured into the music.  I noticed it, because I didn’t play it the same way I played it last week.  Though the difference may not be the same, I’m sure I played it differently last week from the way I played it the week before that.  And this is what’s so amazing about music.  Even though the piece does not change, your interpretation is always changing, for the very reason that your outlook on life is always changing.  Your soul grows like your body does.

And music is the language of the soul.

What’s interesting is that you are, in a way, speaking the language of two people: yours, and the composer’s.  The composer was in some way inspired to write this piece, much as a writer writes a script for a play.  The performer is the actor, not just someone to repeat the notes on the page, but to give them life and embodiment.  The composer provides the body, and the performer gives life to it.

These last few insights I’ve recounted are as new to me as they are to you.  I only noticed them after I started writing.  It’s amazing what writing can do to unlock truth.  But the point of all this is that music is a language.  It’s as important as speaking.  Sometimes, it is more important, in those times when you feel there is no one you can talk to, but you have secrets you cannot keep silent.  It allows you to get them off your chest, and to do so in a beautiful way.

And if you are afraid someone will hear them, don’t be.  No one had no idea what I was saying when I was playing that intermezzo.  We humans understand words, but we do not have the ability to translate music into words.  It’s impossible.  It’s like trying to fit infinity into our minds.  We cannot imagine the size of it.  But I think in heaven, we will speak in music.  Even here on earth, we can still tell how beautiful it is.

“Where words leave off, music begins.”

– Heinrich Heine

There are many more awesome quotes about music on this page.

I wish you all a good night.

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12 thoughts on “The Language of the Soul

  1. keep writing and keep playing music Lukey, your interpretation of this Brahm’s , however changing from week to week based on your thoughts and experiences, is truly special. More so than even this artist whom you’ve featured. You should really feature you playing this!

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  2. You’ve got some great thoughts. I hope you are sharing some of them with the rest of the world. Maybe you can check out some of my stuff? Give me advice to improve my work to your quality (or close to). Your writing skills are impressive, your ability to hook especially.

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    1. Ooh, a comment on an old post… (#ThrowbackThursday?) In all seriousness though, thank you for your kind words. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it And sure thing; I’ll pop over to your blog and check it out. 😉
      Good day, and God bless! Peace

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  3. By the way, I had to point out and appreciate the fact that you are quoting a Harry Potter character for the heading picture. I wonder who else noticed that…

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      1. You should check out
        sltravisblog.wordpress.com
        He is a major Harry Potter fan. He has some really cool work as well.

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      2. Hmm… I do need to watch the films and read the books again. It’s been a while… I do remember him having something of a twinkle in his eye though, at least the first actor that played him.

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