the art of listening
a yoga of sound
We are not all singers or musicians, but music and song belong to all our lives. What is happening as we listen, or sing? What is the effect on our being? And how does this move us or make us move?
Listening can be a language acting as a veil to our experience, with echoing voices and patterns of a learned listening that can be inhibiting. Listening is also a way of communicating more deeply and simply with ourselves and our environment, from our own standpoint. Listening can be a guide and inspiration for our sounding and singing.
Of course, there is no right or wrong. In the art of listening we engage our creativity, recognize our limitations as a part of that creativity, and open to both vulnerability and potential with honesty and compassion. Then we can sing, sound, move, rest, as we like, and open to new possibilities, hear afresh.
In The Nature of Sound the singing voice is the primary vehicle for for this inquiry.
The Art of Listening - A Yoga of Sound has 2 approaches:
Song, as you teach it, is not desire, not
a wooing of something that's finally attained;
song is existence....
learn to forget how you sang....
Real singing is a different kind of breath.
A nothing breath. A ripple in the god. A wind.
- RAINER MARIA RILKE 'Sonnets to Orpheus'