Damon Albarn, 2001
A piece of music will draw one in, teach one about its structure and secrets, whether one is listening consciously or not. This is so even if one has never heard a piece of music before. Listening to music is not a passive process but intensely active, involving a stream of inferences, hypotheses, expectations, and anticipations. We can grasp a new piece—how it is constructed, where it is going, what will come next—with such accuracy that even after a few bars we may be able to hum or sing along with it. Such anticipation, such singing along, is possible because one has knowledge, largely implicit, of musical “rules” (how a cadence must resolve, for instance) and a familiarity with particular musical conventions (the form of a sonata, or the repetition of a theme). When we “remember” a melody, it plays in our mind; it becomes newly alive.
Thus we can listen again and again to a recording of a piece of music, a piece we know well, and yet it can seem as fresh, as new, as the first time we heard it. There is not a process of recalling, assembling, recategorizing, as when one attempts to reconstruct or remember an event or a scene from the past. We recall one tone at a time, and each tone entirely fills our consciousness yet simultaneously relates to the whole. It is similar when we walk or run or swim—we do so one step, one stroke at a time, yet each step or stroke is an integral part of the whole. Indeed, if we think of each note or step too consciously, we may lose the thread, the motor melody.” —A Neurologist’s Notebook: The Abyss : The New Yorker
What do you find sexually attractive?
Damon: “Knees. Eyes. Blood. The way cloth hangs. Napes. Nipples.”
Alex: “And knickers. Dirty knickers!”
Graham: “Will you stop it? Fucking stop it!”” —
Melody Maker 1991
you are entirely too kind and sweet. thanks so much helen! :*
hahah she would love you for that. a lot of people say that we look a like, which is a compliment because my mom is really pretty. you would never think she was 51 either (hahaha she’d kill me for giving away her age).