"Dennis M. Hammes" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote in message news:<[Only registered users see links. ]>...
Well, that's one thing more you now know. That, and how life is
a life-long process of learning things one thing at a time. And that
if this sentence continues you shall no doubt learn three things!
Now, now: You have no business being cross with me. Your
quarrel's with your Maker--You really must ask Him why in His
Infinite (Bottomless) Wisdom He chose to make you the ball of
yarn which playfully rolled under the kitten nose of my wit at
the heights of my boredom.
Some of the most egregious superstitions are also the most widely
popular. If you do not understand that music is a language then
you never spoke under your breath or shrieked with joy/excitement
(nor ever heard the birdies twittering their info back & forth).
What, did you think they were just whistling Dixie?
Well, I'd raspberry you & this "demander" of yours, but I take it
the sound would fall on deaf ears (I was going to use a trumpet).
That what such as Mozart?
I think this Korzybski was the Unabomber. But
what monstrous action can you lay claim to?
Here's a thought: Save yourself all the time & effort
and use Morse code. You don't strike me as the sort
who can follow Siegfried's Rhine Journey or "see" the
Valkyries' swoop, who can listen to the poor Jew annoying
the rich Jew in Moussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, or
follow all the brooks in Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ...
Language is a function of the brain. It's actually required
to lay down memories. And there is no stronger proof that
music is a language than the fact that people who had
a lot of contact with music very early on (even as early as
when they were still in the womb) report the strongest earliest
But, set all those truths aside: Every word we speak carries
with it its own inflection--and even written language does
all it can to mirror that music... for what is poetry if not an
attempt to "recapture" the rhythms of our spoken words?
(As true of concrete poetry as of the most sound and logical.)
Were that true, why bother then at all with music?
What is a language if not a means of communication?
If music communicates no meaning between beings, birds
or people, it would be insanity to whistle like the wind
at a beautiful girl (and yet she hears the difference, and
even the most brief sweep of notes communicates the
greatest amount of meaning to her). We never turn to hear
the odd breeze blowing its ghostly notes... so we can tell
which carries meaning and which is meaningless. Can you?
(Not that very many chaps whistle at me... nowadays.)
I don't see any humor at all in Schubert's Death And The
Maiden. And I have never run across anybody who has
ever thought there was any humor in it at all. But all us
humans who have heard it at once understand why Death.
Just as Russians and Italians and even people in Trenton
instantly understand what Chopin's "Funeral March" music
is all about.
And if you somehow believe that communicating a human
emotion is something alien to the purposes of prosody, then
what are you doing trying to contribute to a poetry group?!?
It is not an accident that the strongest memories are those
wrapped in the strongest emotion. And it is absolutely NOT
accidental that people so often remember the melody when they
can so seldom remember the words.
We are our emotions, and that is the basis of all our
communication (that's "language" to you). Is coming upon
a truth not an emotional experience? Well, then math is
as emotional a language as the rest, for math is a journey
from truth to truth as certainly as from step to step.
"There is nothing new under the Sun." The world reworks
its old items into items new. And novelty is but the turn of
the corner, not the dead end.
Oy vie. Here, read this from Webster:
1 a : the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of
combining them used and understood by a community
b (1) : audible, articulate, meaningful sound as produced by
the action of the vocal organs (2) : a systematic means of
communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized
signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings
(3) : the suggestion by objects, actions, or conditions of
associated ideas or feelings *language in their very gesture
— Shakespeare* (4) : the means by which animals communicate
(5) : a formal system of signs and symbols (as FORTRAN or a
calculus in logic) including rules for the formation and
transformation of admissible expressions (6) : MACHINE LANGUAGE]
2 a : form or manner of verbal expression; specifically : STYLE
b : the vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or a
department of knowledge c : PROFANITY
3 : the study of language especially as a school subject
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