English translation of the page: Muziek
The following is presented in the order of fragments, musings, as they naturally arose one after the other in my mind.
What is music, and what does it do to us?
Music is almost the single most important factor in human life. Music is the voice of emotions, including joy, sorrow, longing, love, even disgust, anger. Music is a world of frequencies, waves, not only scientific Hertz waves but also more subtle waves, in the spiritual world in which man also lives. Music touches all levels, layers, of our humanity: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Music supports and harmonizes. Some sound forms are not music [even if they are categorized as music] but noise. There is an essential difference. There are even scientific studies that show what music does to water, including what noise does to water. In my blog Multerland –a website about man-made and therefore unnatural electromagnetic radiation and electromagnetic fields and their effects on human and animal health, deep ecology, psychology, natural health care, and spirituality– I wrote in the article 5G: Effects on Eyes and Skin about the sensitivity of water, what unnatural, man-made and used electromagnetic radiation does to water and therefore to us [see also below: Did you know that listening to music can be dangerous?]: We, humans are for 70-80% water, 7-week-old fetuses even 95%, and to explain that enormous vulnerability, sensitivity to frequencies, I wrote the following in that article:
Water and frequencies
It is possible to see what music waves create in water. It has been made visible via a method named cymatics. The liquid that is used here is water and colour. The music which is used is the Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, known as the Moonlight Sonata, composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. The piano in this video is performed by a synthesizer, or a combination of a like a guitar sounding instrument, and a synthesizer. It is rather slow, which is in many classical music performances not the case: it is usually much faster in tempo. The slow version though is according to the composition of Beethoven. This video is also used in Brian Josephson‘s lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine in London: at 13:23 – Dynamic effects in water – in this video.
Water creates harmonious patterns when classical music sounds. Also in us, in plants and animals. Also in babies. Aggressive sounds are also creating patterns in us. City noise, the noise of traffic, all goes deep inside and creates effects in the body cells, the nerves, the psyche.
When is “music” not music?
Contemporary popular music is not always music, and unfortunately often at best heavily impoverished music. To call a “music” category, the so-called “rap” is not music, but rhythmic grumbling, arguing, wailing and complaining, meowing like a hungry cat . Being dissatisfied. It is therefore going to irritate. The boring beat reinforces that. It has become harassing. That is why “rap” may be popular at the moment: people, especially the young, are generally dissatisfied, unhappy anyway and even robotized, or dull. The mobile-phone addiction, the screen addiction, constantly dwelling in unnatural electromagnetic radiation dulls, hardens, breaks down the all-important natural electricity that forms our resistance, creates irritations and that dullness becomes audible in the pattern of the tight, boring rap rhythm. Music, however, lifts you up from that pool of dissatisfied greyness, does not intensify negative emotions, but transforms them.
Did you know that listening to music can be unhealthy and even dangerous?
Let me continue now with “music”.
From children’s songs to the clarinet Children’s songs
Children’s songs – The first form of music I came to know was the children’s songs at school. To sing. How wonderful it was to hear in the next class singing “Waar de blanke top der duinen schittert in de zonnegloed“. Or to sing the canon “Vader Jacob“. Songs for circle dances: “Zeg Roodkapje waar ga je heen?” for example, and at the same time walking to the rhythm of the song, or “Zakdoekje leggen, niemand zeggen…“.
The brass band – The second form of music was that of the brass band in the village of De Mortel. What an enormous impression the sounds of the corps marching past our house made on me, then, in the 1950s. I was enchanted by it and followed the group to the party tent a bit further in a meadow. I don’t know exactly what could be celebrated. So I went looking and found a record of the history on the Corps website: so it might be listed there. I didn’t find that answer but did see a photo that particularly interested me. I looked at the faces and found no less than my father, Andreas Janssen, and also the face of my uncle Marinus Janssen! Such a wonderful surprise!
Recorder lessons – The third form of music was that of musicians themselves: recorder lessons were given, after school, at primary school, by Miss Lenie van den Biggelaar. Creating even the simplest sounds is a fantastic experience, also the ensemble playing. Later, at the nursery school in Veghel, recorder lessons were part of the training and I even had piano lessons there for a short time. About ten years earlier I had already seen a piano: at the Eiclesboom family, who lived far outside the village of De Mortel, and where I cycled with my girlfriend Betty. There was a piano in the living room! I didn’t know what I saw was a piano, but it was magically beautiful! However, it remained to be seen: there was n.l. no one could play it, at least not when we were there.
Clarinet lessons – In the eighties I had clarinet lessons to develop sufficient theoretical knowledge, playing technique and skills to be able to join Koninklijke Harmonie Oefening en Uitspanning in Beek en Donk. In that symphonic wind orchestra, conducted by Heinz Friesen, I have been able to fully develop my musical hearing, feeling and expression. [Playlist Heinz Friesen (at the time conductor of O&U) / Playlist Symphonic Wind Orchestras)
The created playlists, to be found in the attached pages, are YouTube playlists. This has a reason. Due to a huge shortage of money to buy expensive CDs or go to concerts, finding free music on YouTube in 2008 was a real blessing, and the beginning of finding what I like. All this is collected in playlists. However, it did not stop with conventional classical music: when I heard Greek music via YouTube, it was as if I finally came home.
[Would you like to listen to YouTube adds for free? You can do this by taking out a subscription yourself, for $10 per month, but then you must first open a YouTube channel yourself. After that you can even create a so-called family group for a little more and listen to adds free music on your own computer and email / YouTube account. If you do not have a paid subscription, you may suddenly hear and see an advertisement while listening to a concert.]
Especially because of the music of Mikis Theodorakis – (1925 – 2021), his traditional coloured music, his classical music compositions, but especially his protest songs, anti war songs, in which enormous anger and resistance is expressed through his voice, his unique voice, I fell in love with the Greek music and its forms of expression. I enjoyed hearing and seeing a human singing, singing as I would like to sing. Theodorakis was the man who showed that it is okay to be angry, that it is necessary to resist injustice, and thus to express it. He showed that it is not repugnant to express it, but that it is precisely the so-called Calvinist and thus feigned “goodness” that is repugnant because it suppresses honest anger, as well as honest and natural resistance to injustice. He showed that honest, fair anger has a right to exist. He became the real U-turn in my life. From powerlessness to strength. Inner power. Music is therapy! An example of the power in Mikis Theodorakis’s music is the composition of “Zorba’s Return”. Performers: the choir of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
All sorts of Greek music are therapy for me, but I assume for everyone. All kinds and sorts, voices, instruments, rhythms, touch me. Also, the traditional dances: just watching the dances gives me a mixed feeling of joy, love, warmth, vitality. Especially the culture, traditions, music and dances of Crete can make me euphoric. Greek art in general, nature, the diversity of that nature, and the enormous diversity of cultures and traditions in entire Greece, which vary from area to area, from island to island, are unparalleled beautiful. Since December 1, the pages Greek music and Greek music in playlists have been created.
See also the pages:
- Wat is muziek en wat doet het met ons?
- Music and why it moves us
- Music of Cathedrals and Forgotten Temples
- Traditional music
- Classical music in playlists
- Greek music
- Greek music in playlists
- Meditative and relaxing music playlists
[The musical notes in the header are from Edvard Grieg’s Adagio of the pianoconcerto in A-minor.]