Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ask Me Anything: Music

What is your favorite type of music?

When I was a teen I loved the Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads combination, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and like bands. Rush was my favorite. Iron Maiden actually made reading cool for me as they did a song called To Tame a Land on their Piece of Mind album. That was inspired by the Dune novel by Frank Herbert.

Once I got a bit older, I found myself still loving that music but my brain just couldn't take it. I moved to classic rock. I never really found anything that inspired me as much as that old heavy metal. So, I became stuck there. In an effort to literally shake up my mind, I've moved my radio listening to NPR. I enjoy the classical music but I don't have enough of an ear to remember what piece of music I like or not or even which composer. I am trying to pick that up. Music has to be complicated to get my imagination going.

I do find myself attracted to some really moving Celtic tunes and Celtic rock. I don't want to imply I'm into the pagan Celtic thing because I'm not.

I've listened to some jazz. It is too discordant for me but I'm still trying to figure it out to create new brain patterns more than anything else.


Qabalier said...

Thanks. I recently read Lewis' Ransom trilogy, and although the song is not supposed to be about the book, I couldn't help repeating 'Out of the Silent Planet... Out of the Silent Planet we are..."

I've asked My Gal before about those goetia boys, I'm curious about what specific bands they like...

Luiz Teles said...

I've become a recent metal-head myself, but If you're venturing into the classic, I would suggest Gustav Mahler's symphonies for any magician, especially his 8th Symphony the "Symphony of a Thousand."

It begins with "Veni, creator spiritus, mentes tuorum visita" and ends with the final scene from Goethe's Faust, part 2.

"All that is transitory
Is but an image;
The inadequacy of earth
Here finds fulfilment;
The ineffable
Here is accomplished;
The eternal feminine
leads us upwards."

I can't look at the Thoth deck's Universe card and not have that sound in mind. I think there is enough complexity there to maybe keep your interest.