Speaking music

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I am ever-fascinated by music’s ability to speak to me. Dissonance resolves to consonance.

Leonard Cohen certainly said it better than I in Hallelujah:

“The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift.”

As a music lover, I instantly connect with this concept. As an engineer, it baffles me how the formula works.

Cohen understands it as do many talented songwriters like my son Sean who is in the middle of writing his most ambitious project yet, a musical of Homer’s Iliad. You can hear his movement from dissonance to consonance here. *His mother Terri, and I, would be thrilled if you signed up for his newsletter, contributed your time and talent, or were able to contribute to this beautiful project.

I suppose the mechanics of “The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift” can be learned, but it may never penetrate my meager brain to fathom how this universal language speaks to us all.

We speak music by letting the notes touch our souls and become one.