Musical odds and ends
Musicians at their craft is a special interest of sorts. The way an artist who produces content that is available for universal consumption. Animals, Humans and even plants enjoy music, so whenever there are musicians that delve deeper, my heart sings too.
Harry Styles: Adore You extended Version
Videos that tell stories have captured my attention ever since MTV Latino started gracing the screen of our home TV. It became our shared language of symbols and well, this song is special. It burrowed deep and then it emerged with the question: "What is a rainbow paradise and how do I get mine". This page is my roundabout way to an answer.
Radiohead: Syncopation in Videotape
From the About This page:
I once watched this video about Videotape, Radiohead song that was confusing because the piano is played on the pause between beats and although it may seem to non-initiates like a normal song, playing it goes against what many musicians intuit as the "right" way to play music. I had never heard of it, but I could see the struggle in the video as the musician was doing this hard thing, just because he can and it's new.
Music of the Spheres
As a teenager I had a dream where I stood on the entrance to my home and saw the planets overhead dancing larger than life, occupying almost all the space in the night sky and crashing into each other, collapsing and ending the world as I knew it. It was awe striking that I remember thinking in this dream that it had already happened 8 minutes ago (the time it takes for light to travel) and that once we had seen it, it was already too late to stop it. All that was left was just to exist in what was left. I don't recall how it sounded, but I did think it was beautiful.
The musica universalis (literally universal music), also called music of the spheres or harmony of the spheres, is a philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies – the Sun, Moon, and planets – as a form of music. The theory, originating in ancient Greece, was a tenet of Pythagoreanism, and was later developed by 16th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. Kepler did not believe this "music" to be audible, but felt that it could nevertheless be heard by the soul. The idea continued to appeal to scholars until the end of the Renaissance, influencing many schools of thought, including humanism.
Wikipedia contributors. (2022, February 19). Musica universalis. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:25, March 10, 2022,
Different Perspectives on What we Know as Mental Illness
My psychiatrist acknowledged that there are many areas of the human mind we don't know, and that a psychotic episode could be termed by someone else as a Spiritual Awakening. However, since his field is medicine and not spirituality, he treated me in his area of expertise. I don't vibe with existing spiritual practices that I've found, so I have been making up my own spiritual philosophy that mixes what I know about my mental health, about the society I live in and mythology.
The Music I Grew Up With
Music has a way through our defenses, using slightly different neural pathways than the spoken word. In the same way that the word of those adults in our early childhood stays in our brain, the words in the songs that we connected with also stay with us. By revisiting the music I sang to as a child or youth, I can reconnect with the messages that I accepted about the way the world was. In this discovery, I have been able to dismantle beliefs about romantic love, family attachment and the strangeness of the actual world we live in.