Thursday, March 21, 2002

So, what is this all about???

I originally intended this to be my Sermon From the Mount regarding application of 12 Tone musical theory to aspects of everyday life. I still may do that from time to time. The musical theory behind 12 Tone is one where there is no hierarchy of musical notes. One note is not any better than another. Therefore, one is freed from the rules of melody, harmony, and other conventions. Although 12 Tone can sound "ugly" it is also the essence of freedom. Freedom from rules, conventions, norms, would-haves, should-haves, and must-haves that govern most human endeavor. Thus the mission is to extend the spirit of 12 Tone towards use in daily life.

In essence, there are no set "rules" one should abide by. (Other than the ones that govern civil society: rule of law, cordiality, etc). This is not an advocacy for anarchy. From from it in fact. Instead, what the 12 Tone example should encourage is a freedom from fear. Freedom to explore varied interests. Freedom to hold political ideas that don't fall into convenient labels. Freedom to enjoy various foods, cuisines, tastes, etc. Freedom to find out about places "off the map". Freedom to listen to music that isn't found on automobile or soft drink ads. Freedom to enjoy film and understand why there is no substitute for great writing and technique. Above all, freedom to be engaged, proactive, cognizant of that which is around you. Freedom to ENJOY life to its fullest.

That's the idea anyways. But the more I thought about it, the more I figured this would be my rant board. So enough of the high brow. Everything is going to be about trash, smut, and other crass musings, with maybe some insight (plucked from the run on sentences and illogic sure to be in abundance)

-Jim Sellers


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