Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Stevie (by me)

          "I discovered that the most interesting music of all was made by simply lining the loops in unison, and letting them slowly shift out of phase with other."
-Steve Reich

          This exemplifies what I love about Steve Reich. In a world where people want to control everything and anticipate every event, Reich allows his music to follow the flow of nature (even when he's using electronic sounds!). Perhaps this is why, when listening to his music, we feel at our most vulnerable and pure. Our bodies inevitably pulse with the music because it hits at the very core of ourselves. It lifts our mind from the self-created responsibilities of being on top of everything, of mentally being in control of each aspect of our lives. His harmonies and rhythms follow a path that is sometimes predictable, but the naturalness of them give us the choice of simply following them--instead of deciding to listen, it's our natural response. 

          Happy 75th year, Steve!

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