All posts tagged: EJ Liederstein

Curiosity 101…

“What is a systematic school of thought on the fundamental questions of life, but an attempt to look at the sun through a filter that allows for longer glimpses than would be possible with out those lenses…? Its all a matter of sustained study; of getting the most comprehensive evidence possible, without doing damage to the one doing the observing. I had almost typed ‘without destroying the observer…’” EJ Liederstein    

Beignets…

More sensory impressions… always more. Take them all in… live in your senses. Do not suffer through intolerable noise; accept it, parse it… internalize it, that you may recall individual sounds later, when noise is not available to you. Do you remember the smell of Beignets, from the Café Du Mondé? Do you remember smelling them eighteen months after the fact, as if they were still right in front of you, fresh and piping hot from the oven? And what sights does that memory ignite? Do you not see the confections-in-question there before you? Do you not see the café and the square where it resides in front of you? With the tables spread under the porch roof, and the lines waiting to get in, like an audience of rabid connoisseurs attending a master recital at the old Athenaeum at Chatauqua? Can you not still see that caricature of your small self, drawn for you by a talented street artist? Do you not feel the astonishingly soggy heat of a midday Louisiana sun beating down upon the back of your …

On the multiplicity of languages…

Languages are fascinating systems… Puzzles, really… With a language, one begins to think in concrete steps. Steps that can be transferred to another person, with more or less complete understanding. We can now begin to explore… ourselves and our environment. We can begin our quest for understanding, and truth. Without a language… well…

Intimacy…

The art of Music is one of intimacy. Nothing more… nothing less… It is two or more people agreeing to bare their souls… to go where the Music would have them go, regardless of the space they might be individually inhabiting at the moment. Music is the willingness to open yourself to the vagaries of the unknown. It’s the exploration of humanity, by those who are willing to do their searching publicly. It’s the reaching into and touching of a place where only the rare few ever find their way. It is me… allowing you… in. I can count on one hand the people, including musicians, who’ve personally touched me there.