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re-discovered: music & the universe

… While doing a little home re-organization, I re-discovered in one of my old boxes of notebooks the following quotation… “Music is a sacred art, a pathway of life through a living universe, merging East & West, heaven & earth, addressed not to the snobbish few but to all people as an inspiration in their journey through the universe.” I’d attributed the quote to the American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)  – but without a citation as to where it came from. And it is so parallel to my own philosophy of music that I must wonder if I simply dreamed it up one night, rather than read it somewhere. Or maybe Hovhaness has been more of an influence on me & my own musical work than I have consciously remembered, before now. His music is really wonderful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufbOIe1GuhI

When listening to music for the sake of being healed…

It is interesting, being present to yourself, while you also let go of all content, and let the onrush of fresh music, the experience of the soundstream, flow over and through you.

How to refresh the mind…

This evening – or was it yesterday – I commenced a 21-day series of experiments in musical mind refreshment, with the wonderful Violin Concerto created by the late Welsh composer, Grace Williams. Listening as letting go and flowing into the future, riding the sound waves… It does one good!

a cosmic comment for the day

“Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.” ‪#‎CarlSagan‬

Portland, Oregon – March 8, 2015

If you’re in the Northwest (USA) March 8, 2015… I invite you to my free pre-Spring piano concert, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the famous “pale blue dot” photograph taken by Voyager I in 1990… from out beyond Saturn… What does the image sound like? It’s a matter of poetic license… If all goes well, MP3 and CD recordings will be available soon. Just let me know here or by email, to get on the list to be notified re availability.

“THE MUSIC OF SATURN AND BEYOND”

David Salminen – 3 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015

(Note: Clocks “Spring Forward” on the night March 7 going into March 8… so please be aware of the time change. But not to worry – your smart phone probably registers “Daylight Savings” for you automatically!)

Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave, Portland Oregon

Map: http://portlandpianocompany.com/contact/

Open to the public – no tickets necessary. Donations to support more presentations of this kind are gratefully received.

For more information about David Salminen’s music and how to purchase CD’s of his concerts, call: 503-762-6387 – email: davidasalminen@yahoo.com

As is sometimes the case with my concerts, there are actually quite personal reasons behind the choice of theme. The reasons need not remain secret, but nonetheless, they are not so easy to explain. I was quite moved when I discovered, quite recently, that February, 2015 was the 25th anniversary (some might call it the “jubilee”) of the famous “Pale Blue Dot” photograph, taken by Voyager 1 at the request of astronomer Carl Sagan. And I wanted to honor this occasion – this gift to all humanity, courtesy of Carl Sagan and other far-seeing individuals. As Sagan himself wrote, “It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

NASA image-saturn PIA03160

photo credit: photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov

pre-Spring concert – Portland, Oregon

S rings-ultraviolet PIA05075

THE MUSIC OF SATURN AND BEYOND!

David Salminen, piano – in concert – cosmic improvisations

3 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015

Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave, Portland Oregon Map: http://portlandpianocompany.com/contact/

Open to the public – no tickets necessary. Donations to support more presentations of this kind are gratefully received.

For more information about David Salminen’s music and how to purchase CD’s of his concert,

call: 503-762-6387 – or email: davidasalminen@yahoo.com

“Solar Flares” concert Nov. 23, 2014 – in Portland, Oregon, USA… more…

In connection with the pursuit of a deeper understanding of Solar Flares, I recently discovered a most satisfying book entitled “The Sun Kings”, by Stuart Clark. Among other things, Clark tells the story of Richard Carrington, the English amateur astronomer who first “connected the dots” (otherwise known as sunspots) on our nearby Star with the occurrence of bizarre electrical phenomena here on planet Earth, ca. 1859. It’s an extraordinary story… a little bit of which I will have to weave into my introductory talk to the Nov. 23 concert. I am reminded, reading of the struggles and sacrifices of Carrington in the cause of scientific understanding, of Isaac Newton’s famous statement: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Truly, if we are to make progress in our understanding of all & everything, we must know something of, and respect the accomplishments of, at least a few of our predecessors! Even more – as R.W. Emerson said – a key to progress is to simply to: “Hitch your wagon to a star.” I really like that idea… both in the sense of respecting the thought leaders of previous times, and in the esoteric sense of intuitively or otherwise linking oneself to the Sun itself, the central & leading causative factor in the evolution of our solar system/solar family. This Earth, for which more and more people, thankfully, have a concern – as one might properly have for one’s mother – is not just a big rock unto itself. It is part of a highly evolved, multi-billion year old system. Going further with such speculations is not merely a mental exercise. Indeed, what we are required to do, is to go beyond the mind! And what else is art for? What else is music for?

Details about my Nov. 23, 2014 concert…  http://www.allclassical.org/event/david-salminen-solar-flares/

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