- I’ve had it in my mind to begin doing some more blog posts trying to better understand Mr. Hegel‘s “Phenomenology of Spirit”— a task I find both entertaining and challenging as a young scholar-wanna-be. Why that book in particular? Well, with utmost gratitude to my parents for spurring me on to spend 5 tremendous years studying Western Civilization “Great Books” with Escondido Tutorial Services (again: that program is magnificent!), it’s one book I came to love precisely because I find it to be especially difficult to try to comprehend.
- I’ve also had it in my mind to begin doing some blog posts attempting to lightly analyze various philosophical and religious texts from Eastern Civilization– because I’m currently taking a course at Palomar Community College concerning Eastern Civilization texts (a course a chose to start balancing out my time spent with Western Civilization texts).
- I’ve just tonight got the idea to do at least one post on what it’s like for me to have dyscalculia— which is a learning disability affecting (my) perception of the flow of time, affecting (my) comprehension of mathematical/numerical concepts, and affecting (my) being a good judge of proportions/measurements/etc.
- I’ve got so many other ideas cooking too…😂
However, this particular blog post is for a series I’ve been meaning to start about…
Ok ok…I know I’ve done at least one post on this platform about music, BUT I figure it’s about time for me to start doing more music-themed posts since music has been such a deeply pervasive part of my existence–and a passion of mine–since a very young age. 😉
(If you’d be interested to check out more of my history with music, consider checking out https://wtscriv.wixsite.com/westonslessons/about-me . If you’d like to learn more about my musical tastes, consider checking out my Spotify, Pinterest, and YouTube playlists– full disclosure: I have a fair amount of work ahead of me to improve my YouTube account. 😂)
That having been said, I hope you’ll enjoy the very first concert journal report I ever wrote. It was for Music Theory 1/4 at Palomar Community College (headed up by the ever so illustrious Professor Ellen Weller) and it concerned a duo who I referred to as “Mr. Keller and Mr. McAllister”– the latter of whom is depicted in picture 20/20 within https://www2.palomar.edu/telescope/2015/11/01/gallery-performing-arts/nggallery/thumbnails .
Without further adieu, I hope you’ll enjoy!
Music Theory #I
Concert Journal #1
From when the performance commenced, I was struck by the amount of concentration which the performers needed to cultivate–over the course of time–in order to play their pieces as masterfully as they did. Though the temptation might be great either to overlook or under-appreciate the level of focus that was manifested in such fantastic musicians as Mr. Keller and Mr. McAllister, without the time and effort which the performers put into their pieces, the wonderful recital that was might never have taken place. Further, with regard to Mr. McAllister and Mr. Keller, an additional benefit which came from the cultivation of their concentration was the confidence they displayed while performing one challenging section after another within the respective pieces selected for this Palomar concert hour. Thus, the discipline of concentration is not without its fruits.
However, neither the cultivation of focus or the confidence which Mr. Keller and Mr. McAllister exhibited during the Concert Hour would have been possible without the presence of musical passion. The love which Mr. McAllister and Mr. Keller had for music, I am inclined to think, was shown through every note they played (or, in Mr. Keller’s case, through every note he sang), every facial expression they took on, every effort they made to relate to their audience, and every word they spoke regarding the historical background for the pieces they would perform. Hence, passionate love for music, when manifested in performers like unto those persons whom I was blessed to witness at today’s Concert Hour, is similar to a portal wherein–it would seem–the beholder is drawn close to the very heart of music.
At this point, I am reminded of a lovely quote from an excellent Greek philosopher and mathematician–roughly, he lived between the 428th and 347th years prior to the time of Jesus Christ–whose name was Plato. Mr. Plato once said that
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Therefore, as a musician, I should like to make it my aim to improve in both the amount of concentration I put into the pieces I play and the level of confidence I display when playing the given musical works. But, rather like Mr. Keller and Mr. McAllister did today, in the presence of any audience I might be given the honor to perform, I have an even greater desire to help listeners to come close to the heart and soul of music. To accomplish the former and latter goals, for my part, I will need to be continually seeking the ever deeper beauty and joy which music has stored within its vast reserves. In a word, I must be…passionate.
— 4/12/19 P.S… After spending some time this evening reflecting on this concert report journal entry, I’m reminded of one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite films featuring music. If you haven’t yet seen this movie, I’m inclined to think you’re most likely gonna love this one too 😉
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