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    Late at night, after midnight and before I go to bed, I often watch the TV. It helps me turn my brain off, get into a somnambulant state. For me, TV has always been the best forms of meditation late at night after my mind has been active for many hours, usually about 16 during the day. Many practitioners of the diverse art of meditation emphasize that one of the main aims of this discipline is the achievement of a no effort attitude, of a remaining in the here and now, an avoiding of cognitive analysis, a stilling of the fluctuations of the mind, a relaxing of muscular tension. I achieve this watching TV, but only sometimes.

    From time to time there are ads by Time-Life Inc. for a set of CDs. Last night I watched the ad “Flower Power: Music of the Love Generation.” Those who watched the ad could buy 8 CDs, 164 hits, digitally remastered for $150 all up. As much as I had enjoyed the music of that generation of flower-power hits and during those years had bought many of the records from the mid-1960s until the mid-1970s, raising children on the salary of a teacher from about 1976/7 on made buying records too expensive. I had no intention of buying this package of music. On a disability pension in the early evening of my late adulthood, I was in no position to make this purchase.

    The short segments of a few seconds of songs from many artists-musicians-singers-songwriters from the 1960s and 1970s were stimulating, I must say. I was 15 in 1960 and 36 in 1980--the generation of the first of the baby-boomers, children born in and after 1945--the first of the rock-‘n-roll enthusiasts. Music was an integral part of my life in those years, although listening to music slipped back a few notches as I came to focus on: (a) career, family and community life and its responsibilities, (b) health and the quixotic tournament of issues in the wider society as well as (c) TV and radio programs and my life in the last years of early adulthood and middle age from the late-1970s until my retirement from FT, PT and casual/volunteer work in the years 1999 to 2005. Now in my early sixties I am rediscovering music in its many forms.-Ron Price with thanks to Time-Life Inc on WIN TV at 1 a.m., 15 July 2008.

    Where did it all go all those
    sounds beginning in the ‘50s
    on that little blue radio in that
    little bedroom in that little house
    in that little town in that little world
    that exploded all that small town
    smugness all its complacent trinity
    of Catholic, Protestant and Jew
    and their genuine One True Faiths.

    That world was so safe and so
    familiar. Indians got creamed
    at the movies on Saturdays, yes,
    dying copiously amidst popcorn
    and candy wrappers. Canadians
    like me were always good guys
    who did not start wars, were thrifty
    and had virtuous sunlit wheatfields.

    Ours was a good town; the Chamber
    of Commerce told us in the newspaper.
    I played baseball in the summer and
    hockey in the winter and then a real
    winter hit my life in my teens, the cold
    was surrounded by music everywhere,
    but the music did not warm the winter
    cold as it stripped my young tree with
    its blasts from the north and the west.
    The music was not large enough to house
    my impulse to believe—a need which lay
    quiet, unhurried and insidious as a seed.

    Ron Price
    21 July 2008
    married for 43 years, a teacher for 35, a writer and editor for 10 and a Baha'i for 51(in 2010).

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    'I am rediscovering music in its many forms'

    superb journey!
    try a little ofra haza and bix beiderbecke.


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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    'I am rediscovering music in its many forms'

    superb journey!
    try a little ofra haza and bix beiderbecke.

    Try some jazz from the 30-50s great stuff

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    The love generation was crap, and its music was crap. Illusion always is crap. Ron Price wants to **** on the 1950s, but at least that time had a greater grasp of values that bring about beauty in reality. The love generation created the plastic hell we have now.

    Death to the boomers, death in agony.
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    Yes, Conservationist, as you say, "The love generation was crap." Indeed, paradoxically, I have to agree with you in relation to much of the product of the 60s generation, inspite of the sentiments in my first post in this thread. I have just written a prose-poem drawing on Bach's music and Wordsworth's poetry and I post it here anticipating your honesty, Conservationist, and perhaps the responses to others. In the meantime, I thank you for your responses, folks--and I wish you well from the Antipodes.-Ron Price, Tasmania

    For many years I have been interested in William Wordsworth’s famous, but now little known, poem Prelude. This great--at least to some enthusiasts of belles-lettres--autobiographical poem, written over half a century, 1800 to 1850, played a role in the formation of my own autobiographical prose-poem. I have also had an interest in the concept of prelude and the role of this concept, this prelude, in the Baha’i teaching program, a concept, a term used by the then leader of the international Baha’i community in his letter of 18 July 1953.(1)

    The first use of the term prelude in keyboard music goes back to the late Renaissance. These preludes were free improvisations and they served as introductions to larger and more complex pieces of music. Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750) wrote many preludes which were paired with fugues.(2) Fugues were written for voices or instruments in contrasting modulated keys. These fugues, a difficult term to define, had a series of musical sequences that lead successively in imitation of each other. When all the voices and their melodies were over an episode of connective musical tissue was added that lead to another series of entries and episodes in the fugue.

    Bach’s two books of preludes, his famous the Well-Tempered Clavier, are regarded as one of the world’s great intellectual treasures. They were composed in two books: one from the years 1708-1722 and a second completed in 1744.2 The charming elegance of his preludes belies the difficulty of their mastery. I like to see Bach’s life and his preludes as a prelude to the life of Shaykh Ahmad(1743-1826), the great precursor whose life was but a prelude, to the Revelation of the Báb(1844-1850). -Ron Price with thanks to 1Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith: Messages to America: 1947-1957, Wilmette, 1965, p.117; and an internet site on Bach’s the Well-Tempered Clavier, 19 September 2008.

    And those wondrous Brandenburg concertos,
    a collection of six instrumental works composed
    in the years 1708 to 1721 are widely regarded as
    among the finest musical Baroque compositions.

    I remember one of my philosophy professors back
    in 1963 mentioning them--written with those preludes
    and with Bach’s production of some twenty children
    before he died 100 years to the month before that
    martyrdom of the Báb in the city of Shiraz in 1850.
    Yes, all those preludes and fugues,1 some gloomy,
    some dismal, some reflective, some happy, but all
    thought-provoking, played with feeling and emotion,
    very agreeable to the ear, demanding attention and
    admiration on many levels, not boring or predictable
    then or now for millions of humans over 260++ years.

    Preludes before preludes before yet more preludes,
    before the greatest of preludes, which could take
    almost any form, but in the same key as the fugue
    and as a preparation for the listener’s ear and mind
    for what was to follow—an exposition and endless
    repetitions with their connective tissue eventually
    leading to a mass conversion as a result of a chain
    of events, momentous, catastrophic in nature and
    deranging the world’s equilibrium, reinforcing
    the numerical strength of the Force I have been
    associated with for fifty years since the Kingdom
    of God on Earth began its slow prelude period---
    unobtrusive, seductive and insinuating itself into
    the sad-harrowed-up hearts and souls of humanity.

    1 J. S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues: Books 1 & 2. Each book was composed of two sets of 24 Preludes & Fugues.

    Ron Price
    20 September 2008
    married for 43 years, a teacher for 35, a writer and editor for 10 and a Baha'i for 51(in 2010).

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