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    What is the meaning of music?

    Does music have any fundamental meaning? Can music just be people writing advanced, culturally informed stuff using instruments, notes and sounds?


    Thank you

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    I see music as an expression of one's being. As such, it is unique. Any performer who connects with people does so by the expression of their being. Music is part of their identity. That's why it is not possible to copy anyone, for example, bass player Jaco Pastorius. His sound, instrument, and compositions, and the music he made whenever he played, were an expression of his being, and that cannot be copied.
    I think this can be sensed intuitively. Audiences respond to this, even when it cannot be identified or explained.

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    That's a beautiful story, John Watt. I got to see Jaco at the now-defunct Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Tx, with Weather Report. As soon a he began to play "Portrait of Tracy," I got up as close as I could. Everything I had heard on the solo record was true; he was actually doing it with his hands. This performance was lower-key than the one you described.

    But this is true of all art and music; it is not a "thing" out there that is objective and separate; it is a talisman, if you will, a sacred object or act which connects the being & experience of the artist with the being & experience of the observer. It is a two-way street, a way of "mapping" one experience on to another's experience.

    Ultimately, this mapping of experience comes from the artist, and reflects the depth and character of his being.

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    Hi, Everyone experiences certain moments where you want to express yourself in a different way. some time music is the best part of our life when we feel lonely than we listing music and enjoy the loneliness.

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    I don't see musical activity as 'emotional' as much as a thinking exercise, albeit very highly intuitive; and I see this as the greatest accomplishment of my life, to be able to think like this. It's been a long, winding road, but now is paying its dividends. The "emotional" and self-esteem parts I get from it are all a result of the development of my "being," and many years of work.
    Last edited by millions; Oct-17-2017 at 23:00.

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    I'm reading a biography of John Coltrane.

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    I agree with questioning here, basically as to the truth of this statement. Music is something way too abstract, this just a communication of something in your mind with something else in your heart. That can be a part of values, or you backstory or just a girl you met yesterday - does not really matter the sense of knowing good from bad, right from wrong. The performer may embody certain values, but the music itself does not communicate what most would call values. Classical composition, for instance, is often associated with beautiful sadness, deep joy, dramatic battles (between themes or characters). The experience of music can also be cathartic for listeners, urging them to tears, with or without reason for the release.
    Something like that.
    In addition, for those who want to find something completely new for himself, here is the pretty handy catalog of artists and bands - https://musiety.com/musical-group/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlderonFrederic View Post
    I agree with questioning here, basically as to the truth of this statement. Music is something way too abstract, this just a communication of something in your mind with something else in your heart. That can be a part of values, or you backstory or just a girl you met yesterday - does not really matter the sense of knowing good from bad, right from wrong. The performer may embody certain values, but the music itself does not communicate what most would call values. Classical composition, for instance, is often associated with beautiful sadness, deep joy, dramatic battles (between themes or characters). The experience of music can also be cathartic for listeners, urging them to tears, with or without reason for the release.
    Something like that.
    In addition, for those who want to find something completely new for himself, here is the pretty handy catalog of artists and bands -
    https://musiety.com/musical-group/
    Just quoting you so I can read what you've said by lightening the colour so it will show up.
    Carrying a torch for Classical Music...

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    My own view is that music in general has a meaning only in that it expresses emotions and imagination.
    Individual pieces of music will have more specific purposes.

    Birds sing to claim territory.

    Dance music helps people to dance - and dances may have ritual meanings inside individual societies etc.
    Carrying a torch for Classical Music...

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