Being sexual and being musical

March 31, 2009

It occurs to me as I watch many musicians perform expressively, that this behavior might be perceived as a similar act to being erotic with one’s lover. The caress of a breast, the touch of a finger on a key; the approach of a kiss, raising your instrument high in the air and letting the melody go; the magic of entry is not so different from a musical modulation or arrival; the ebb and flow of one’s breath; the look of ecstasy on the face of a performer as they play; the interchange between musicians and lovers as they coordinate their next move; and the smile or devastation on our faces at the end. It’s a good idea IMHO to tap into this connection as a performer. No other art form can emulate love making quite so beautifully.

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jeannewalkerbourland March 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm

i just read through quite a few of your posts and loved every one…all great reads and interesting the things you had to say.

i am so sorry about julia. my heart breaks for tiko’s loss of his best friend and love, as well as the loss for you and daniel…yes, too many – enough is enough!

felt the description of your most recent post right on and lyrical. it is something i have thought many times myself.

interesting new journey at UCLA and exciting news about your re-orchestration.

you go boy!


Hyperufusensitive March 31, 2009 at 11:50 pm

God, you’re so right. Isn’t that why people fall in love with musicians so easily? Perhaps seeing their moves and expressions while playing/singing, they sense things on a different level, don’t really know how to put this. I know I had these feelings many times, feeling the strings of my heart plucked and caressed, wishing I was the instrument played. Thanks for putting it so eloquently!

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