“Music & Metaphor: Towards a Sacramental View of Creation” by John Mason Hodges, Thursday, Pillar A, July 19, 2012

John is another man hard to outline.  This is normally because, as a musician, he weaves music into his presentations.  He demonstrated for us here how metaphor or picture is a part of good music.  The song can bring us to “see” ideas.  He used Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” to demonstrate three distinct “gods” for us: Jupiter, Mars, and Venus.  What I love about having a musician lead me to music is that they show me things I cannot find on my own.

He then worked through Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” to demonstrate the idea of conflict and resolution in music.  Once again, recalling the great “ohhh” of several years ago with James Taylor and the Poetic Knowledge panel, this song employs a number of things that work together to bring harmony out of dissonance.

The amazing thing is that God can take any dissonant note and weave it into His song in such as way as to bring harmony.

Advertisements

1 thought on ““Music & Metaphor: Towards a Sacramental View of Creation” by John Mason Hodges, Thursday, Pillar A, July 19, 2012”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s