The Feeling and The Sound of it…

I write in order to get closer to the truth.

There are certain topics that I round on slowly, that I return to again and again, like a hunter stalking his prey in quiet circles, ever decreasing.

Before I sat down to write this post I asked myself: ‘Why make music?’

This is my answer:


Music has always been a part of my life.

Spinning out and dyeing the individual threads, skimming nimble between warp and weft, bleeding constant through every moment; coloring, shaping, and guiding the very fabric of my days – I cannot recall a time when it felt anything but natural for me to make music.  An almost physical need; undeniable.  Shot thru my earliest recollections like golden veins thru marble there is sunlight, there is rain, there are words, and there is music.

To this day when I make music (or any type of art) it comes from a certain place, a certain feeling; this feeling is the reason that I do what I do.  It is the Alpha and the Omega.  It exists in that place where time surrenders, ceding it’s tyranny with infinite grace to the white-light bliss of the present moment.

Everything falls away; there is a quality of space, a kind of ecstasy, a sense of freedom.  When I am in that place all my worldly concerns, all my worries, cares, and particular pains dissolve; I am somehow lesser, yet somehow greater and more myself than I am anywhere else.  For that one shining moment, for as long as it lasts, I am in some way healed.

In the best gigs this becomes the communal experience.  The fire of the audience’s and performer’s attention marrying each other into a gloriously messy and beautiful feedback loop of energy and creation.  Making or listening to real music can be like hearing someone you love tell you something you recognise as true in a language that you cannot recall learning.  It is the kind of truth you realise in a dream but which evaporates swift upon waking; ice melting with the coming of dawn, as fragile as a butterfly’s wing.

I suspect that whatever truly happens when music is made and listened to will forever remain unexplained.  That any misguided attempts to deconstruct it’s magic will slide from it clear like water from a raven’s wing.  Some things can only be understood through the real in-the-moment flesh-to-flesh skin and bones experience of them, and even then only for the brief span that they endure.

And I am fully OK with this.  I am all good dancing in the mystery.  Because even when I am not explicitly making music I am close enough to her now that I feel the current constantly, the endless pull of an ever whispering tide.

‘Why make music?’

Why: ‘To make music’ of course.

The answer is in the question.

So, What’s your thing?…

Sometimes these posts spark discussion and that’s the way I like it.  This essay is honestly as close as I can get to the ‘Why’ behind what I do and I’m curious: what is it for you?  What is the reason you do whatever it is that you most love?

Also, if you have any thoughts about the post itself (positive, negative, random or ambivalent) I’d really love to hear them.  Don’t hold back.

Use the comments box below to add your voice to the conversation and let’s get this party started.

And Lastly…

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Have a good one, y’all.  And Thanks for reading and listening.


  1. I love the way you’ve described what you experience while making music and for that matter even listening to it , the latter part is wltra relatable ! That’s some great writing there ! Love it ! Especially all the metaphors ❤

  2. Reblogged this and commented:
    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I write songs as well and posts like this make me think I need to share them more as well as the poetry.

    1. Thankyou very much for reading them, and also for taking the time to respond – it means a lot.
      Glad to have inspired you! 😉
      Best wishes and all the good fortune in the world to you,
      – J

  3. Thank you for this share! Thank you for following/liking my blogs James. I find I have many things. Writing is one (poem/self-expression/inspired thoughts/songs) whatever seeks to come through me, photography is another, painting, cooking; and, being of service, whether it’s in my community or locally, or whether it’s through serving women who are divorced/separating/ending a committed relationship.

    1. Thankyou for reading it.
      I love your things, especially the ‘being of service’.
      That is a beautiful thing indeed.
      You are most welcome, and Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a good one,
      – J

  4. I love music. I love to play it and to listen to it, but I’ve never been one to create it. Perhaps I’ve never believed I’d be any good, but my passion has always been making up stories. I love to create things and sharing that beauty with others.

  5. Beautiful! It is not the art of playing music for me, for I don’t know one note from another and can’t carry a tune if my life depended on it. But it was your description of what moves you and how all else fall aside in that moment of creation. The passion that takes it all away and rests in a nirvana of being. It was that description that I could relate to. Perfectly said!

  6. I’m not eloquent like you are, but as a musician I have experienced exactly what you have described when I play at a gig. Not every gig, to be sure, or every song, but every now and then…. And it’s beyond description

    1. It totally is.
      You see the unfathomable magnitude of my task? 😉

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to respond – I really appreciate it.
      Have a good one,
      – J

  7. This is beautiful. That feeling of getting lost in something bigger than ourselves while simultaneously creating something that will (hopefully) outlive us is, I think, something we all strive for in one way or another.

    1. I agree. I think that the search for this feeling is at the root of more human behaviour than we realise.
      Thanks for stopping by, and for taking the time to respond – I really appreciate it.
      Have a good night,
      – J

  8. Music has been a huge thing in my life – it’s shaped my ideas, philosophy and dreams – Captain Beefheart, Roy Harper, Bob Dylan, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Woody Guthrie – I could list a thousand!!!
    All the best to you!!

  9. Wonderfully, captivatingly written. My spirit is right with you there.

    I submerged myself in music so often in life but probably never more and deeper than while writing my first book, beyond Cloudia.
    It is like an ecstasy of dancing fleas* with wings able to take me to another universe which I never fully recover from when returning.
    The words by the Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein always come to my mind:
    “It’s impossible for me to say one word about all that music has meant to me in my life.
    How, then, can I hope to be understood?”
    I can’t, I won’t and it’s not important. I’ve been there and will go there again and again.

    Thank you for taking the time to read from

    *Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Full Album 1981)

    1. Thankyou very much – really glad you liked it.
      Thanks also for taking the time to respond – nice quote 😉
      Hope your day is going well, good luck with the writing, be well,
      – J

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks for sharing this – sharing is digital currency for an independent artist such as myself and it really helps me out.
      I am really glad that you have found your thing, the best of luck with it,
      Be well,
      – J

  10. I am no singer nor a composer but music always plays an important part in my life. It lifts me up, it reaches the core of my whole being and takes me to unimaginable heights and detoxifies my soul. This is such a wonderful post!

  11. Even though the passion we have are different, but the truth behind them is the same. What you just wrote describes what I feel in every fibre of my being, but I always failed to express it. I love your writing and only hope to be as good as you some day.

  12. Music, music, music. For years, that and exercise were the only things that relieved my PTSD symptoms.

    You write about it so beautifully. I saw a documentary on Les Paul tonight. Clark Terry and B.B. King last week. What joy it must be to create music! So inspiring.

    1. Thankyou very much – I am glad you liked it. That is beautiful to hear.
      It is a joy indeed, one of the greatest joys for me.
      I am really happy to hear from you, come back anytime and I hope your day is going well,
      – J

  13. Wow. How you express what you love to do is very interesting, your words vivid. The passion is seen on the words that you use. Thank you for giving a glimpse into what you love. This area of writing is all very new to me, but something that I feel lead to do. There is a peace and calmness to it.

    1. Then I am very happy for you 😉
      Thanks a lot for reading this, I am glad that you liked it. And thanks for taking the time to respond, it really means a lot to me.
      Hope your day is going well, feel free to hit me up anytime,
      – J

  14. Oh my, that paragraph—“Everything falls away, exctasy, freedom…I am healed. ” I rediscovered that power in me when I began writing full time. It’s long story, but from having a private counseling practice which took me to Dr. Chopra’s Center for my continuing education to stay in practice ironically taught me to follow my dharma which meant leaving that practice to follow my soul. Then in Peru, working with shamans I began to understand that to be a creator in this human being means to access our creativity. It is why it feels so good. I can write for 12 hours straight because time does dissolve in that place. Thank you for following your divinity and getting lost in your creativity. It is healing.

    1. Thanks a lot for reading it – and for taking the time to respond, it is most appreciated 😉
      I am glad that you have your thing, it is precious – never let it go.
      Have a good one,
      – J

  15. “It exists in that place where time surrenders, ceding it’s tyranny with infinite grace to the white-light bliss of the present moment.”
    Wow. Amazing and inspirational words. Very impressed with your work–thanks for sharing!

  16. Love your post, you write straight from the heart and it feels like your just across the table speaking up.
    I am glad to know you know why you do what you do 🙂
    Why what I do is writing in my case is because I feel happy I feel a sense of freedom that is unconditional, its a state where I am lost in my own world which I have carved for myself from the start 🙂

    1. Thankyou so much, that really means worlds to me.
      I am glad too 😉
      That is a beautiful thing. Hold onto it, and defend it with all you have.
      Really glad to speak with you, be well, and see you soon,
      – J

  17. James, I really like the post and the conversation you opened up is really interesting 🙂 Why do I do what I do? Well it makes no practical sense, making things I feel like making out of clay. It isn’t a straight forward or fast process, but for me it is the only time that I am truly present, and feel the joy and expression and get lost in the unwritten journey a creation always takes. You have reminded me why I feel lost when I am not doing it, enjoy your day, Danielle.

  18. Thank you for this post and for what you do and share. I’ve been on the fence to continue what I write and share. Although I love it and offer as service I’ve also been deflated for a while with “does anyone really need what I’m writing, there are so many others that do this?” This post was the first thing I read upon waking up today which isn’t my usual, meditation and prayer come first. It’s inspired my writing heart to forge on. I have a writing deadline this week for piece and have found a bit of resolve here at your oasis. Thank you for visiting my page which is what ultimately lead me to yours and this entry. Best to you. Gratitude~Nina

    1. Hey Nina,
      Really glad that you feel this way – Thankyou so much for your kind words about the post.
      It’s possibly the nicest thing you could say about it.
      Thanks for taking the time to write about it,
      Have a great night,
      – J

  19. Hiya,

    This blog is one of the most honest and truthful blogs I have ever read. Your passion for music is magical and I have finally found someone with exactly the same passion as myself. I would really like to hear some of your music or your interpretations of other people’s music. Maybe you should think about starting a YouTube account? That would be really cool and people would find out what an amazing talent you have; for writing and for music. Thank you for making my day a better one!

    JerseyGirl❤️ Xxx

    1. Hey there Jersey Girl,
      Thankyou so much for this; this means a lot to me and I really appreciate it.
      You can hear my music at: – let me know what you think.
      Hope you’re having a great day,
      – J

  20. Hey there! I really enjoyed reading about your deep personal connection to making music and music in general. I agree that when we are in a mindful place, that is our true self. Everything, including our masks, falls away and we are authentic in that moment. Those moments can’t last, but they can return. I think we can take the gift of those moments into our lives and make each day a bit better for ourselves and others. I have loved music since I was a child. My parents played the beatles, the moody blues, the bee gees, capatain and tenille, and my friend and I listened to and danced to fifties music. We had a collection of 45’s from our parents. I used to spend hours in my room listening to my albums on my record player. I used to lay on the floor near the speakers, so I could hear it louder. Sometimes my dad would come busting through the door and yell at me to lower my music. As a child music helped me escape and feel less alone, and it took me away to that place you talk about where everything is alright. I couldn’t live without music or books. And of course my daughter loves both. She is in high school and we share our love of music; we go to concerts and show each other stuff on the internet. Last night she came out of her room to show me a clip of Lana Del Rey rocking out to a live Bruce show; it is on her Instagram (Lana’s). I love that she did that. I also love the stories behind the music; most people I know don’t care, but I love that. John Rzeznik just did an interview about the new album and the meanings behind the songs. I eat that stuff up. The single which will be out soon So Alive is about him being sober for 15 months. I get the feels when I hear that. I feel happy for him and I can’t wait to hear the song because I know it will be raw and emotional and real. And I will be in that beautiful space where we touch each other soul to soul, because that’s what music should do. Wow that was a long reply! Thanks for your post; it felt good to write all this back to you. Oh, and I love the feeling and the sound; that is perfect!

    1. I love the long reply. 😉
      I totally remember doing that with my Ma and Da (sitting on the floor and listening to LP’s) – they had some of the same music too 😉
      I completely agree. It’s hard to communicate to someone with words why it is so important – and the ones that know it already need no explanation. But one thing I can say for certain is that it is certainly a huge part of my life, and it’s something that makes me better everyday. It is beyond cool that you and your daughter share it. Makes me happy.
      I am thinking of doing some video stuff for my next release so, if you do like it, I will let you know when it happens.
      Hope you are well, big love, big hug,
      – J

      1. Glad you liked my long reply 😉
        That’s awesome that your music makes you better and entertains people! I would love to see your video. Hope you are well too! xo

  21. The entire post is beautiful and this is my favorite part:

    “… I am all good dancing in the mystery. Because even when I am not explicitly making music I am close enough to her now that I feel the current constantly, the endless pull of an ever whispering tide.”

    You’re living now in the flow and you are growing more comfortable with the void from which creativity springs. This shows you are quite in touch with the aspects of the divine feminine, whether you realize it or not. It is interesting that you even personify the mystery as her.

    It’s my feeling that all great artists must be able to tap into this aspect of creativity to produce their art. Sounds like you’ve learned to embrace the mystery, knowing that in dissecting it the mystery becomes destroyed.

    Quite lovely, James! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thankyou for reading! And for taking the time to respond so eloquently. I am really glad you liked it.
      It is as close as I can get to an explanation for sure, but it still falls way short of the actual experience.
      You made me smile. Haves great day 😉
      – J

  22. Why…? That’s a question that is often left without a satisfying answer. Why do I need music in my life? Because it makes me feel. It takes my own feelings and amplifies them. I listen to many different genres of music and instinctively, I am drawn to the songs and the genres that suit my moods best most days.
    And the reason why I do what I love doing most – writing: because I have to. A day without writing is – for me – an empty day. Also, it is cheap therapy. Most days, writing releases an inner restlessness. Other days, it is torture. But I keep doing it. Because I love it. And because I need to.

    Thank you for sharing. And you should keep the post up. It’s very heartfelt and genuine. xx Cathy

    1. I love every word of this, and I agree wholeheartedly.
      These are the absolute best reasons to do anything.
      I hope you are well, thankyou for taking the time to write such a beautiful comment, and
      Have a great night,
      – J

  23. “When I make music (or any type of art)”
    This remark prompts me to comment. When I sing I sense God smiling on me. I’m a freelance writer and there’s something about creating a work that may encourage, educate or comfort the reader that makes it worthwhile. The experience of music is unique to each person; we are each of us unique after all. Thanks for your thoughtful post. Thanks also for stopping by my blog and liking a recent offering. Blessings.

    1. Thanks a lot, both for reading and for taking the time to write to me. I am really glad that you liked the post and got something from it.
      Keep up the good work, you; and
      Have a great night,
      – J

  24. Why I do what I do can be summed up in one scene. I was giving a 6 weeks series of talks to a group of middle school aged children. On week 4, as I looked out over the audience, I saw a girl’s face glowing, she was looking up to heaven, one hand at her heart, a beautiful, hopeful, adoring expression on her face and I knew she was understanding God, adoring Him in a whole new way.

    Your post brought to mind the lyrics of a Susan Ashton song I listened to years ago: “When my soul hits the mark, and light splits the dark, I hear you.”

    I’m not musical, but I’ve been in a similar zone while speaking. Feeling God’s pleasure…

  25. Couldn’t agree more with you! Music is indispensable in my life, it’s everywhere. But to me there are more things apart from making music, (I’m already starting 😅) I’m better with magic itself, when I make a trick to somebody, a strange feeling go over my body, it’s hard to explain because you need to see the spectator’s face to really understand it. It’s a mix of astonishment, fascination and illusion, over all if it’s a kid. Also I love this line you wrote: “Making or listening to real music can be like hearing someone you love tell you something you recognise as true in a language that you cannot recall learning”
    Good job! 😊

    1. You’re a magician? That’s badass 😉
      Really happy that you liked the post, more power to you in everything you do – feel free to hit me up anytime, and
      Have a cool day,
      – J

  26. The mysteries, magic and alchemy that moves us to do what we do is – mysterious. Trying to capture it’s essence is – elusive. Perhaps it is Soul expressing itself in its own unique way. Yet we try to reach for it, to put a construct on it, to try and understand the not-understandable. For me it’s an inner itch that can only be scratched and eased by the doing of it = writing in my case.

  27. “Everything falls away; there is a quality of space, a kind of ecstasy, a sense of freedom. When I am in that place all my worldly concerns, all my worries, cares, and particular pains dissolve; I am somehow lesser, yet somehow greater and more myself than I am anywhere else. For that one shining moment, for as long as it lasts, I am in some way healed.”

    This is exactly how I feel when I write, thank you James for capturing my feelings and expressing this with so much clarity. On a recent writing course, I was challenged to find a metaphor to describe the feeling the art I love gives me.

    1. Wow. This is a really great compliment. Thankyou very much.
      Keep going tho, I’m sure you’ll get wherever you’re going 😉
      Feel free to hit me up anytime, have a good one,
      – J

  28. That was absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for putting words to the feelings. You described the reason to make art so beautifully and perfectly!

    1. I am really glad you liked it.
      I still feel that it falls short, but it is as close as I can get for now.
      Thanks for taking the time to write to me, feel free to hit me up anytime 😉
      Be well,
      – J

  29. That’s a lovely line “[…] Spinning out and dyeing the individual threads, skimming nimble between warp and weft, bleeding constant through every moment; coloring, shaping, and guiding the very fabric of my days = […]” – it just evokes lots of lovely feelings in me 🙂

    1. Thanks s lot – really glad you liked it.
      I worked on this one a lot and, if I’m really honest, by the end I couldn’t tell if this was a piece of writing, a poem, or something else entirely. Always good to get real feedback.
      Hope you are having a great day – thanks again for stopping by,
      – J

      1. Yeah, I love it when I’m writing a letter or personal email and I get this rhythm going, and then this flow of words comes and for some reason it ends up like spoken word… but I’d be the only one who could unlock it! Thanks you – have a fabulous week!

  30. Love this- thank you. As a performing artist (and doctoral researcher) who daily works with and thinks about voice I am constantly questioning how we may document and know better the invisible instrument- (voice) how to truly understand the sounds we make- and more and more I am realizing it lies in the feeling of… and so I especially connected with; “Some things can only be understood through the real in-the-moment flesh-to-flesh skin and bones experience of them, and even then only for the brief span that they endure.”

    1. You are most welcome, thanks for writing to me about it.
      Is your doctoral research connected with your study of voice? If so, that sounds fascinating.
      You are right tho, it is all about the moment-to-moment experience, everything else is secondary.
      Hope you are having a great day, feel free to hit me up anytime,
      – J

  31. Yes, yes, yes. I think there is an unspoken enchantment – one that cannot be captured through words or science or any tangible object – in the act of creation. Of any type, but mostly of music. What I adore the most, I think, is the innate humanity in it. One need not understand any language nor have other false qualifications – it is perhaps the only form of art which is universal, across all walks of life, across all ages. What power there is in that. What freedom. We don’t speak of it enough.

    But I am rambling, as I tend to do. Suffice to say: gorgeous thoughts, as always, James. Thank you so very much for sharing. xx

    1. It is great to hear from you. Thankyou so much for this and you are most welcome.
      And don’t think that I have forgotten to reply to your email, I will write to you soon. 😉
      Have a beautiful day,
      – J

  32. I must say, your posts are worth waiting for – each word is a world unto itself and I find myself re-reading them so I can feel and experience them fully. I recently received a beautiful comment from a reader who experienced peace as she read my words – this is why artists keep on rising, to greet each new day with their instrument, pen or brush; we are here to explore the very edges of our world, to report back our unique perspectives and share our journeys as you do so well with your words and music. And once again, James, I am writing to you on the very first day of Spring and it is softly raining…

    1. Dear Kimberlee Stirling,
      I agree with everything I have. This is exactly why we do what we do.
      You must be giving a great gift if that is what you are hearing back from the world. Well done 😉
      It is spring here and the weather is beautiful. Yesterday I ran down by the sea and stopped to take a picture, it’s on my instagram:
      This morning I am reading your note, I have coffee, and I am about to enter the studio to record cello parts.
      It is a good day.
      Big love, big hug, and thankyou,
      – J

      1. After all our to and fro, it’s O.K. to call me Kim, James and thank you for your lovely, long note. I also really like your picture of the sea, it must have been a great run! It is cloudy now, the rain has finally stopped and all is well. I have errands to run and my next post’s words running through my head, I think it’s time to pick up a hot chocolate from “Milano’s” coffee bar, go on a wander and let my afternoon unfold. Thank you again for your very kind words and I’m always happy to send Vancouver love to you and yours!

        1. Ahhh, ok Kim 😉
          It was a beautiful run. Your afternoon sounds like fun, I imagine you to have a pretty sweet life.
          Enjoy the hot chocolate – have a marshmallow for me.
          Big hug,
          – J

          1. My sweet life is all the better for your words and I’m glad to read them this afternoon – as you know there is sadness in the world today and what I try to do if I feel sad or angry is go out in the world and gather what I need to create this sweet life. I tend to gather words, music and moments from nature – they then become the walls for a sanctuary of sorts like the forts I would build in the woods as a kid. Today I gathered some very peaceful feelings as I walked on the seawall in the sunshine and made my way to Lost Lagoon, enjoying the music of the birds singing in the forest. Here’s hoping my note finds you well and at peace, too. Kim.

            1. I am very glad to have helped in any way. Yes, you are right, there is sadness in the world today. I very much like your method of dealing with it. Usually, making music and art is my sanctuary – and it feels very much like a forest-fort.
              I have made music and walked down to the shore already today, the skies are grey but I am feeling very well. As ever, thankyou for asking.
              Big love, big hug, speak soon,
              – J

                  1. Summer seems to have arrived here on the West Coast instead of Spring and as I write this note to you, the sun is setting with a beautiful golden glow. This has been a good day and after an early evening of writing, a glass of red wine yet to come, what more could one want? This tells me, that, yes, there is still peace and magic in this world. As I sign off, the sunset is now a smokey peach with touches of lavender…sigh. Enjoy every little thing in your world, Kim.

                    1. Thankyou so much.
                      Today I travelled south to spend time with family. There was rain, now there is fog, but there is also family.
                      I have a 9 day road trip ahead of me, I have my notebook and my uke. I am happy.
                      As I sign off, I can hear the rain falling.
                      Have a beautiful night, Kim 😉
                      – J

  33. Everything you express carries so much beauty, even your words are like music.
    You seem to always reach in to the deeper part of me.
    Thank you, for all of it.

  34. How can you (talking to my self in third person) write about something that you can just feel, how can I express the deep feeling you put in my heart when I read your words…. The passion, love and commitment that you feel and the beautiful way that you can share it, has no comparision, there is no way to express it.
    I just can say, that I feel a little bit more in love with your words.
    Thankyou, and congratulations.

    1. I love your comment 😉
      I am just trying to be as honest as possible. The words are like music in a way.
      Thankyou so much for stopping by, your homework is complete for the day 😉
      Have a beautiful evening, Big hug,
      – J

  35. Yes, I’m learning to make peace also with “dancing in the mystery”. It’s great to ask the question “why”‘, but there’s also art in knowing when to put it aside and allow things just to happen as they do.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts as always, James. Enjoy the rest of your day. Until next time….

  36. MLHE landed on the section that resonates with me as well. There is some kind of an imperative we fulfill when we do those things we love. In Today’s Brain Pickings, Kimmer’s ‘An Absorbing Errand’ happens to be showcased. Her idea of the ‘wavering mirage’ speaks to the experience that ought not be deconstructed. I sit with this mystery daily.

    Intrigued as well by your beautiful illumination of The Best Gigs. A window into a world distant from my own, and I like it.

    1. Thanks a lot, glad you enjoyed it.
      I am a big fan of Brainpickings as well, Maria Popova is a machine!
      Thanks for taking the time to read and also for writing to me,
      Hope your day is going well,
      – J

  37. Thanks for sharing this discussion point. I’m always fascinated to hear what sparks creativity for other people, and you capture the individuality of it with simple elegance. For me it would have to be writing. I’ve spent years writing textbooks on risk & strengths in healthcare, trying to make the dense a little bit more accessible for people. More recently, writing a blog through a perspective that my cats might take is purely my way of being creative for me, and if anyone else gets a smile or sense of entertainment then that’s a bonus. So, thank you James, keep entertaining us!

    1. Hey there,
      First, thanks for taking the time to read and respond to this, it really means a lot to me.
      The time you spent simplifying textbooks sounds like a really good practice for economy in language. Expressing complex ideas simply is an art, and one that I admire very much. And your blog sounds like the perfect counterbalance.
      Thanks again for connecting, have a great day,
      – J

  38. James, I really like how you explore and express these ideas. There is little to compare with that connection to an art form or passtime that fully engaged and engrosses. As you so rightly put it “Everything falls away; there is a quality of space, a kind of ecstasy, a sense of freedom”.

    1. Hey there my friend,
      Thankyou very much, I am really glad you enjoyed the post, and I love that you wrote to me. 😉
      It really is like that. It is difficult to put into words without sounding a little crazeballs 😉
      Hope your day is going well, thanks again for stopping by,
      – J

  39. Brilliant.
    “I suspect that whatever truly happens when music is made and listened to will forever remain unexplained. That any misguided attempts to deconstruct it’s magic will slide from it clear like water from a raven’s wing. Some things can only be understood through the real in-the-moment flesh-to-flesh skin and bones experience of them, and even then only for the brief span that they endure.”
    You respect magic!

    1. I respect music 😉
      Thanks for stopping by – you have the honor of being the First Commentor, so well done you.
      Really appreciate the fact that you took the time to both read and write to me.
      Have a great day,
      – J

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