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Why calm in the chaotic?

The name for this blog is inspired by the incredible Giovanni Allevi. He’s known for ambient music – modern understated classical – similar to Ludovico Einaudi (if you’ve not heard of either of these, they’re worth listening to. I’d recommend Einaudi’s Divenire album and Allevi’s Joy for starters).
 
So I was trying to listen to Angelo Ribelle as background music, but I kept getting caught up in it, to the point of not being able to concentrate on my work, incapable of reading and listening at the same time. It was too engaging, the beauty and the drama of it. All its wavering between subtlety and boldness of emotion, evoking the same volatility in the listener —now gentle, now fierce, now certain, now unsure, left half way between the calm and the chaotic.
 
Do you ever get that sense of longing which compels you to put the music up as loud as you can? But somehow it never seems quite enough.
 
Why can’t the music be louder
Until that is all I can hear,
Until I’m swimming in its depths,
No heartbeat, no thought, no tear?
 
Why does the volume have a limit?
I’m reaching it, too much to bear…
I want music so loud that it’s silent,
I will find comfort there.
(Limitations © RV 28/06/10)
 
But do we actually find comfort there? (Isn’t that “I will” more self-assuring than affirmative?)
I think most of the time we’re left yearning, somewhere between the calm and the chaotic.
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2011 21:22

    Just twenty minutes ago I was listening to one of my favourite tracks at full volume and thinking about that sense of yearning. I couldn’t put it in words until I read your post – but you’ve captured it exactly.

    Love this site.

  2. August 20, 2011 21:08

    Merci, pour les recommandations. J’adore de la musique entre le calme et le chaotique.

  3. August 21, 2011 23:51

    Thanks! I see you’ve already had a look at this blog’s French counterpart – http://www.calmedanslechaos.wordpress.com. It’s a work in progress at the moment, and I appreciate all feedback (grammatical or otherwise!)

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