Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
My last post got me thinking and here are some tid-bits on music. I love music. Especially Classical music. I like to think of Classical music as the main course and all other types as appetizers, desserts, etc. The rhythms, harmony, and melody. They all meld together into something that cannot be so fully expressed any other way. Words can only go so far. In the course of memorizing pieces, I've discovered how similar a piece of music and a written argument are. Each has a structure, for example, in a formal essay you have a thesis, a body, and a conclusion; in a piece of music, you have an exposition, a development, and a recapitulation. But these respective forms express things in radically different ways. Then you also have music for music's sake. Music that doesn't necessarily express anything except itself. It is what it is. Yet it's so amazing because empirically speaking, what is music except the ordering of sounds into.....well, organized sounds. I think music is more than the sum of it's parts. Even after playing the piano for so long, I still want more. Thank You God, for music.
I had my piano exam today. Ugh. I love piano but I don't like stress (Who does?) Although memorizing a Bach Invention is not an amazing accomplishment (to some) it was for me, mostly because I did it in TWO DAYS! Not that it's anything to be proud of, of course, but I did do it in TWO DAYS! But seriously, I don't think I've ever been so shaky in memorization before. I sat on my small cramped and incredibly uncomfortable stool for 8 hours on wednesday and about 5 on thursday....right before the exam. Well, my teacher says I have to refine the piece, but life is good. Now I can Finally start on Locke! I'm pretty sure I passed theory.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
There's something about the future (meaning the one which is never realized) that seems at once hopeful, promising, enticing, dreadful, and murky. As I am about to start the school year, I find myself excited about plunging into Foundation. On the other hand, I am afraid of stagnating and becoming senile in the sense that all mental and spiritual development stops. To quote Hobbes (From Calvin & Hobbes), "The problem with the Future is that it keeps turning into the Present". Well, here's to a new year, of learning, of growing, and of God.
on the title of this blog. It's always good to ask questions and to never stop at the answers. Not in the post-modernist futilistic way but in The Way that recognizes Truth as a reality. So that's exactly what I'll do. In the big scheme of things, I know I'm never going to be able to get all the answers in this life, but it's the journey, the search for truth that will ultimately bring me full circle to the Truth. Happy Hunting!