I could relate to much of what Meredith Monk discussed on this program. Participating in the creation or consumption of art requires us to either give of ourselves, or to receive a part of someone else. I believe that Meredith is correct when she expresses that this is best accomplished when the performers and the audience are in the same space at the same time. I am an amateur piano player, and I have found that I can perform best when I try to come to it with an empty mind. This allows me to audiate, or hear in my mind, what I plan to play, a measure or so ahead, just as a sight-reader would read. On a musical level, this helps to focus me on the passage at hand, and prepare for the next hand position, harmony, difficult rhythm, key change, new section in the form, or whatever is coming in the arrangement. On a spiritual level, this allows me to "intend" what will come into reality. However, I was interested to hear that Meredith took this so much further, because her art drops many of the Western conventions that we often try to fit our music into.
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