Musing about what comes after the polarizing divisiveness of this postmodern time and culture. I’ve noticed that when listening to music with lyrics, my mind always engages with the musical sound and it takes alot of effort to focus on the lyrics.
By extension, I wonder if, as musicians we each have unique tendencies to put a sonic aspect in the ‘foreground’ of our perception (melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, words). Maybe this orientation becomes a ‘baseline’ perspective from which we create, speak, and listen.
One visual example is looking at a Necker Cube (2D sketch of a 3D cube), which can show us two ‘true’ perspectives–although both can’t be seen simultaneously. After seeing our initial perspective, the other ‘perspective’ has to be actively sought out in order to be discovered.
Maybe this is the challenge of our time—to recognize the existence of multiple ‘truths’ even if we, by habit of thought, are grounded in only a single perspective. And maybe music is best suited to express this idea; to express, indirectly, a path toward integration. Especially in an era of information overload, where words (information, misinformation, disinformation) have become so distorted and polarizing.