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Re: It must be hebrew
• Posted by: Ruhiger Mann   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006, at 4:26 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: It must be hebrew (Phaedra)

I must recognize that for many western cultures, it has become very important, specially because the increase on popular forms of music (i.e. commercial pop, like Mrs. B.Spears) to understand lyrics so a rather simple melody with some harmony makes sense.

However, voice as a musical instrument is indeed an extreme and powerful mean for the soul to communicate -feelings-. I believe must of you agree that this is a beautiful piece of music (otherwise you wouldn't be reading this!), and there's no need to get it translated. It communicates what needs to communicate. Have you ever translated an eyesight? You can "hear with your soul's ears" an anger look, or a thankful look, even a funny look. This is because we are spiritual beings and it goes far beyound what our mind can perceive through spoken word.

Here's an example, a rather simple one if you wish: I'm a native spanish spoking person, and like to watch foreign movies without subtitles or language doubling. I don't need to -understand- or force myself to translate, because I can easily tell anger, happiness, sorrow, that are universal feelings.

Take a look at this way: If someone throws at you what seems to be the lyrics for this one song(which if read by people like me, doesn't sound like spanish pronunciation at all ) without having ever listened to the song, it'd be just babbling words, invented easily by a 4 yr. old toddler. On the other hand, you could easily tell, without any doubt, that this is a liberating piece of music that makes you feel free.

It happened to me: I watched the movie and loved the song. without having to look at what the title was or the lyrics had to say to me.

My piece of advice is: Try to "listen" to the music and paint to recreate what it has communicated to you. This is all about imagination and feelings, not a matter of forieign languages. Also, it is good to broaden your musical taste, so listen to others forms of music, like classical, world music, ethnic music, gregorian chants, etc. You'll see how they convey feelings.

BTW. ERA's Eric Levi french composer has also driven people crazy when tryng to translate its own invented language for some of his songs. And he even has fun throwing some random Latin-like expressions, so people can amuse themselves

Greetings from the West side of the world!
As in Music, So in Life...

Ruhiger Mann.

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