The Heart of All Things

December 20, 2007 at 8:30 am | Posted in Musing + Mulling | Leave a comment
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Take up a painting masterpiece, and have a long, hard look at it. What is it exactly that makes it so remarkable? The rendering of a perfect sketch, the individual brushstrokes, or the specific colours?
Take up a work of literature and try to deduce what its greatest highlight is – is it the words themselves, or the language that is so overflowing and rich?
Take up a musical piece and ask yourself what makes it get stuck in your head – the use of the individual instruments, the lyrics or the voice?

Or, in all the three cases, something entirely different, utterly independent, the very essence of that respective work?

In the painting, the choice of the colours or the depiction of individual figures are only the things that add to the beauty; but the essence of the painting can only be felt when taken in and seen as a whole – the rendering of an thought into a picture.
In the piece of literature, the words themselves can only but bring the forth the idea into a more precise or desirable manner, but without capturing strong ideas, the work will be equivalent to a show of jewellery on a scarecrow.
And music – is this perhaps the most abstract of all? The core of music is utterly intangible; and the tune itself, the most important element – is something that defines music, and is yet indefinable at the same time, something that cannot be expressed and yet is wholly expressive, something that can speak volumes without saying a word.

The heart of all things lies in the vague and elusive. It can’t be told, it can only be felt.

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