Some Random Updates

Just a reminder, today’s the last day to submit questions for Meredith Ruduski.  If you haven’t already, go to my contact page and send those to me.  I’ll be submitting the Q&A to her this evening.  Big thanks once more to her for doing this.

Things are a bit screwball behind the scenes here.  If I’ve seemed quiet, it’s largely due to two factors.

The first is that insomnia has been kicking my butt again, as it’s prone to do from time to time.  I have long-developed routines in place that are designed to minimize the damage.  I’m old hat at this sort of thing.

The second is that until last night I was still fighting my way through several books on Medieval and Renaissance music, even though I’ve long since convinced myself this just isn’t the answer.  It’s frustrating in the extreme.  Last night I finally closed the book I was working with and acknowledged that I’m just not ready for that level of scholastic study.  I may never be ready.  I need to accept that possibility, as distasteful as that seems.  My appreciation of music comes from learning the composers, the time and place in which they compose, and from the music itself.  I don’t need a complete breakdown of chords and sequences and such to appreciate what is.  My mind has never worked that way.  The old lesson comes back to me time and again: there are many paths up the mountain of enlightenment; I need not settle for one I find impassible.  I need only my ear, my mind, and my heart…. and translations of lyrics to English where applicable because I’m just not a linguist either.  The rest is an appreciation of the history, which is more in my wheelhouse, scholastically speaking.  I think maybe that’ll be how this project ultimately unfolds: Early Music through the lens of history.

Since I finally did get a little sleep last night, I’m going to work with the assumption that these two issues were related, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

Also, I want to assure readers who have come to expect a wider variety of topics around here that the other projects aren’t dead.  My focus will shift back around sooner or later.  It always does.

6 thoughts on “Some Random Updates

  1. You’re doing the right thing following your heart and where your interests lie with this project. If you are frustrated that existing books focus on a different perspective than what you prefer, so are others. I wish I had some question suggestions, but I’m sure you’ve come up with an interesting interview without my help. 😉

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  2. I very much second what Sam said. Find your own path. At the end of the day, scholarly focus may actually miss the parts that make the project worthwhile for you.

    I have one other question for your interview: in a time where I assume literacy was not widely spread, and I assume reading music was even less so, how did people pass on songs? I mean, I assume if one person tried to learn it form another, the song would be subject to a form of Chinese Whispers, where the song gets changed in the process?

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