Language and music. A symphony of learning. Pat Metheny and I at Jazz Alley
When I saw Pat Metheny at Jazz Alley, I obtained front row seats because I believe that he is out of his body when he is playing guitar. The question is, where does he go? He is at one with his craft, his passion and joy. Similarly, I read Joseph Boyden’s novel “The Orenda” and the novel is so atmospheric and haunted, it appears to have been chaneled by his ancestors. Quite possible. Language and music occupy the same sequential part of the brain, the left side. Learning spontaneously is a right brain activity. Passion and joy are our fuel, our lifeblood. When you discover your passion, you have no sense of time or place, and are at one with your process. The first time I meet a student, I ask him or her “What makes you happy?” This question is crucial because our creativity fuels productivity. The next time you listen to music, ponder the imponderable. Why do we love sound so much? Where do we feel pleasure? How does music work with our minds to create? Think about it!