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    I just felt like writing some random thoughts about music.  I am a little over 6 months into actually learning how music works.  I have been working to understand theory and apply it.  I find music in things that one might not even associate with music and I now wonder if our language arts are governed by music rather than speech.  I have come to believe we are all musically driven.  Music is in our souls.  We had music before we had speech or writing.  We are a musical species.  Perhaps other species are too, in their own manner.


    Amazingly, my bicycle helped me unlock the eight note.  The simplest concept.  4 beats.  1, 2 , 3 , 4.  Now count 1 and 2 and 3 and 4.  The "ands" are eighth notes.  A simple explanation, but I commonly miss eighth notes.  I was marching and realized that when I ride, there is an up, down, up, down and associated that with those notes.  When that happened, I stopped missing them.  


    Good literature has a beat.  I don't understand it enough to explain it but I recognize it is there.  Music brings out the beauty of things to where it can be understood.  It would not surprise me at all to find that music could express creation if we ever come to understand it.


    Our director is always emphasizing that everything we do in performance has a beat.  Dance, music, and surprisingly, dialogue.  I am starting to see that properly delivered dialogue has a beat and brings depth to a play or conversation.  We are told to deliver lines accurately when possible.  If not, then the gist of the idea will work but I have seen that accurate dialogue really brings a play to life.


    I am so happy that I have stuck with music theory.  It has provided insight into things that I would never have anticipated.

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    I guess we are here to ramble on, I do the same but music is easy to understand, you hit something and it makes noise!  You hit more then one thing now you have separation, and if you do that with a few people far away left and right now you have stereo... :)

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    Music, don't over think it.. I write a lot of songs.. "Music".. I have used a technical approach, I have used my heart. I have written the words first & I have built the tune around a "hook" line. After many years I have come to see the deal is to ...enjoy music writing , fool around with notes, play around with words. Write your stuff down, sing a little something into your smart  phone. When you have something you like work on it.. Craft it, like a piece of clay or a painting.. If it fights ya, put it down for a while & work on something else. 1/8 notes, quarter notes, flats', sharps , minors, major scales take care of themselves. Record your stuff on your smart phone or whatever you have, listen to it & craft it again or let it rest..Above all have fun... Music is math, but it is also art. Art will win every time.. enjoy your self Fatty....  ps , the photo is of me & my wife , we have been playing & writing together for  a very long time. 

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    I write and play, also. Sometimes I'll write and then put it to music...sometimes I'll write while on my keyboard; it helps me sometimes to write and play at the same time. Sometimes the song sounds better on my guitar...sometimes better with keyboard. Depends on the song.


    My biggest influences are country, The Eagles, Elton John and early Beatles.


    I would also think that if there's  sentient beings elsewhere in the Universe...they play music as well.

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    @joseph Britz - Don't overthink it is great advice.  When we did our winter performance, I found I did my best when I was a little tired.  Too tired and I would suffer.  Go in full of energy, I would think, and bad things would happen.  Just a little tired and muscle memory would kick in and pull me through.

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