This past week, I met a very cool man who grew up in Ecuador. Leo brought to our home a few of his instruments to demonstrate his Ecuador music. Because of Leo’s generous concert, I was able to travel to Ecuador through his beautiful music. Leo’s music and his joy of playing was mesmerizing! However, it was not completely foreign to me as I have witnessed such joy and peace when I watch Nancy play her saxophone or other instruments!
This really got me thinking in this dog head how humans process music, both as performers and listeners! Obviously, I am not created to play instruments, but I can be a great listener. When I hear Nancy ramble on and on about how music must be expressive to be music, I feel that is terribly subjective, not?! Even if someone plays without emotion, it is still music. Once she demonstrates to me how playing with no emotion sounds, I get it. But, it is still music! She said “STOP” already because this is such a controversial subject. All I know is that Leo definitely was playing with emotion and passion and therefore, we were extremely moved by his musical performance!
Because of privacy concerns, I am not including a photo of Leo playing his musical instruments. Instead, you get a photo of us on one of our daily walks around the neighborhood. Just today, I was outside most of the afternoon while we blew leaves a third time this season. Uff da! I know, I am not Scandinavian, but I am a Minnesotan, so I can say Uff Da – I am exhausted and need a late afternoon nap now.