“Music is an artform that involves sounds and silence. We consider it now an entertainment, a diversion, but it is so much more than that. Think instead of knowledge expressed in terms of pitch, that is to say, melody and harmony; in terms of rhythm, that is tempo and metre; and in terms of the quality of sound, timbre, dynamics and texture. Put simply, music is a personal response to vibration…. There is no pattern the human mind can devise that does not already exist within the bounds of nature. Everything we do, see, write, notate are all an echo of the deep seams of the universe. Music is the invisible world made visible by sound.”
from Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
I was staggered to find this in a modern popular novel. I am more used to seeing it in books on vibrational healing. Read it again and really think about it and what it might mean for you when you perform.
As a sound healer I know that music is the invisible world made visible in so many different ways and I have come to love that thought. At the most basic level sound is actually the frequency of light stepped down and down and down until it reaches the frequency of audible sound.
If you take the frequency of middle C and keep doubling the figure, you will eventually reach the frequency of red light. So, how amazing is that? Your sound is actually light that you can hear! It adds a whole new meaning to – you can sing a rainbow – doesn’t it?
So, take a few moments to consider what kind of vibration is held in your voice. What world are you making visible when you sing? What frequencies are flowing out into the world, carried by the words of all your wonderful songs?
And don’t forget the silence … sound comes from silence and always returns there. Without silence there would be no sound. So, why not think about how you use silence when you perform. It can be very, very powerful, sometimes more so than the actual sound you are making. Maybe it’s time for you to become more comfortable with silence so you can use it enhance your sound in new and wonderful ways.