Saturday, January 27, 2018

You and I are part of the universal orchestra that produces this music of heaven.  We are musicians as well as instruments.  When the essence of the Tao flows through us, soundless tones emerge to form a transcendent song.  This song is the purest expression of the soul.

-- Derek Lin

Saturday, January 20, 2018

This music of heaven is not sound as we understand it.  In it we can find rhythm, melody, harmony, and other aspects typical of music, but it cannot be heard.  This music finds expression in the beauty of nature, the birth and death of stars and galaxies, and the simple dignity of human ideals.

-- Derek Lin

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Silence plays for you the song of serenity and the sounds of stillness without speakers or subwoofers, CD players or iPods, microphones or musical instruments.  What is melody after all, but a series of notes framing the space between them?  Perhaps it is as rock star Sting says:  silence may well be the ultimate music.

-- Derek Lin

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Unless you believe in divine revelations, what I'm saying will sound like nonsense, but I believe that when God created the world, he created everything, so music is something that already exists.  You just have to be very still and hear it.  Plato believed that was the case.  I'm not being over-pious if I say to God 'Guide me, help me.'  It's a kind of prayer, so therefore writing music is a kind of prayer.

-- Sir John Tavener