"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Plato’s Music

Posted in Music, Stuff I'm Reading by matt on Sunday, February 10, 2008

From one of my textbooks:

“according to Plato, music orchestrated the entire universe. In the celestial music of the heavenly spheres, as each planet in the heavens, from the moon to Saturn, resounded with its own musical note, the order of the cosmos was established as a musical harmony.”

Uhhhh, I think that’s rad. It’s similar to the formation of Tolkien’s story as the Ainur brought Middle Earth into existence by singing to Eru. And of course Lewis totally rips him off when writing The Magician’s Nephew as Aslan sings Narnia into existence.

So my question is, “What is it about music that moves the soul and conducts the cosmos?” I’m definitely addicted to the stuff, but what makes it so powerful? Da thinks it’s the most powerful of the art forms and I think he’s right. I think God is an awesome conductor and creation is his magnum opus. I know, I know. This is all ridiculously sentimental, but it’s good to pause and recognize God through metaphor.

He wrote it, He let us play along, then we tried a different tune, but now by grace we are re-invited to perform for/with/to/through/in Him. Praise He who is worthy of our every musical effort! And may we slow down long enough to perceive His music as it is everywhere.

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