14.7.17

道可道,非常道。名可名,非常名。

Is it entirely possible to explain music?
As a scholar, I hope it is!
But is it possible to finish expousing on music in a lifetime?
That is the question.

Music is not something shrouded in deep mystery. It is not even something difficult to understand. But to explain everything about music is an impossibility because there is always a deeper layer to the thing one is talking about. And there is always another facet to music in addition to the aspect one is talking about. The infinity of music's encompassment makes the entire full description or explanation or exposition of music an impossibilty. But there is in actuality, no single aspect and layer about music that is impossible to be explained.

Words, description, explanation, they are an aid to understanding. But no finite combination of words can fully describe the entity that is music. But even though the futility of it, I believe it is still our responsibility to unravel, to discover, to illuminate, whatever little bit we can.

As quoted from Stephen Hawking, “The discovery of a complete unified theory, therefore, may not aid the survival of our species. It may not even affect our life-style. But ever since the dawn of civilisation, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we come from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest.”

And the understanding of music is part of the continuing quest for the understanding of the universe!

I am not an expert on Chinese philosophy, I'm not even an expert on 《道德经》, but there is so much of philosophy to ponder on in music. In so many different aspects and so many different layers.

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