Sunday, April 28, 2013

Almost Daily One-up, 04/28/13

The endeavor at hand requires seriousness. Do not, however, allow the weightiness of your task to become the whole of you. Remember the light at the end of this tunnel: this is the light that lightens.  

Casting notes. The Minor Third is an excellent opportunity to explore the meaning of “seriousness.” While contemporary definitions of the word always include “earnestness,” they also include “grave”– indeed, the roots of the word all stem from some variation of “heavy.” What is it to be effectively serious? Earnestness is certainly helpful; grave and heavy, though, well… that sounds like a recipe for gravy. Thick, gooey gravy that you can drown in. 

When a minor third arises from the scalepoint of mi, it speaks of serious efforts required. Musically, though, something interesting happens. The minor third we hear is actually the top two notes of the root major triad: the usually somber minor third, in this context, sounds sweet, uplifting, hopeful. It reminds us that our serious efforts must always include a remembering of the fulfillment we seek at their end. There’s a balance that must be struck, of course – hopefulness turns to daydreaming pretty easily, and the one thing seriousness seriously requires is presence: to earnestly try we must be there to do so, in body, in mind, and in feeling. 

The minor third that appears in this casting is in the suit of Brass, so we’re talking about serious efforts of the creative variety. The keycenter of E refers to the Solar Plexus Chakra, so we’re looking at efforts with some serious power behind them – but watch out for too much ego involvement. 

Musical notes. In the context of an ascending E major scale, two trumpets sound a G# and B – strong and sweet as Turkish coffee on a Sunday, not gravy-like at all!

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