I came across this quote the other day:
“In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction is was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it.”
~ C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
My thought was “when was the last time I heard something so beautiful I could hardly bear it?”
I love beautiful music. I love hearing a beautiful piece of music for the very first time. I know beauty is beholdin’ to the beholder, but these are a few things that I find incredibly beautiful. These are Youtube links, and I hope they stay active.
Now here’s what I think. I believe some people don’t get beautiful music. I don’t know what it is about human physiology that causes us to be affected by it, but I remember at a very young age being affected by music. Over the years, from time to time, I’ve heard music that overwhelmed me by its beauty. Everyone doesn’t have this happen to them when they hear beautiful music. There’s nothing wrong with that, people are just affected by different things. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
I don’t hear much beautiful music in our fast-paced, pop music society. The music we hear is usually selling something, or a 3 to 5 minute love song of some type. I hear it movies. There are some incredibly beautiful music in soundtracks, like the beautiful singing in Gladiator, or Itzhak Perlman playing the violin in Schindler’s List. I watched “Elizabeth I” this weekend, another gorgeous soundtrack.
I love music sung by choirs. Especially live. I’ve had some great experiences listening to school choirs. The whole miracle of a group of random voices of varying talent coming together to make beautiful sounds really enhances the experience of the music.
Beauty is in the “ear” of the beholder. It does take some effort sometimes to enjoy something beautiful. We don’t often stop, turn off the TV, and just listen to music. We don’t often put musical performances on our list of events to attend. So, I am going to take the time to listen to something that I think is beautiful. There’s so much out there. I encourage you to do the same. Here’s a few things I found on Youtube. Go find some beautiful music and enjoy.