The Desire for Dragons, 2
Some things I am thinking about today....

Where words fail

When Apples Were Golden by John Melhuish Strudwick

Recent posts have reflected on silence, language, words, and storytelling. Now this:

"Where words fail, music speaks.” - Hans Christian Andersen

"When you really listen to music, you begin to hear the beautiful way it constellates and textures the silence, how it brings out the hidden mystery of silence. The gentle membrane where sound meets silence becomes deftly audible." - John O'Donahue (Anam Cara)

Musica by Kate Elizabeth Bunce

“She knew this music--knew it down to the very core of her being--but she had never heard it before. Unfamiliar, it had still always been there inside her, waiting to be woken. It grew from the core of mystery that gives a secret its special delight, religion its awe. It demanded to be accepted by simple faith, not dissected or questioned, and at the same time, it begged to be doubted and probed.”  - Charles de Lint (The Little Country)

"We do not create music; we only create the conditions so that she can appear." - Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache


"The music of a people offers a unique entry into their unconscious life. The tenor of what haunts and delights them becomes audible there. The cry of a people is in their music. The mystery of music is its uncanny ability to coax harmony out of contradiction and chaos. Often the beauty of great music is a beauty born from the rasp of chaos. The confidence of creativity knows that deep conflict often yields the most interesting harmony and order. In the Irish tradition, we have sean-nós singing. This is a style of unaccompanied singing in the Irish language that has a primal tonality and a very beautiful rhythm. The resonance and style of sean-nós seems to mirror the landscape and sensibility of the people. There is a repetoire of these songs and they are sung over and over."  - John O'Donahue (Beauty: The Invisible Embrace)

"The rivers are still singing in Sami, so we have not given up. Nor has the land." - Sami yoik singer and activist Sofia Jannok (from her TED Talk, "Our Rights to Earth and Freedom")

The Wind's Tale by Edmund Dulac

"In the presence of great music we have no alternative but to live nobly." - Sean O'Faolain

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing." - J.M Barrie (Peter Pan)

A Fairy Song by Arthur RackhamArt above: "When Apples Were Golden" by John Melhuish Strudwick (1849-1937), "Musica" by Kate Elizabeth Bunce (1856-1927), Playing the Lute by Otto Karl Kirberg (1850-1926), "The Wind's Tale" by Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), "A Fairy Song" by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).