Friday, March 16, 2012

silence and music: Ireland

Background silence. That is one of the things Ireland holds. Not that Ireland does not have its noisy places and moments when people -- and nature -- become loud. There is a silence though, in the waters, in the mountains, in the green fields, in the mist. Just at hand, if you choose to know it.

Music arises from and is framed by silence. So do words, and writing, and thought. And faith, if you care to see it that way. No accident that Ireland has centuries of history as a land of saints and scholars -- and musicians.

slieve foye in mist ireland copywright kerry dexter

this photograph, from Louth, Ireland is copyrighted. thank you for respecting that.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Vera Marie said...

What a beautiful and evocative photograph. And thought-provoking musings. Sometimes I think this should be called Philosophy Road. :-)

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Brette Sember said...

Sometimes the most dramatic and beautiful moments in songs are framed by silence. Very true.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Living Large said...

I find the silence of nature to be a spiritual experience. Your photograph and prose today conveys that perfectly.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Sheryl said...

Wonderful pairing of your words with this beautiful photograph!

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Alexandra said...

I have been noticing the silence around me a lot of late because I've been going to the city from a rural landscape and my ears get overwhelmed. I liked the way you linked silence and music.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

I love silence and hope to visit Ireland someday and feel that particular brand of silence.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous ruthpennebaker said...

What a lovely, thoughtful post. Similarly, I've always wondered about the musical creativity that has flowed from Lubbock, Texas, and its desolate, windswept plains. Maybe you also are driven to make something beautiful when the surrounding world is so harsh.

10:23 AM  
Blogger MyKidsEatSquid said...

Beautiful pictures and words--helped me relax and take a breather for a moment just looking & reading. Thanks

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Jane Boursaw said...

Lovely photo. I seem to crave silence and quiet more and more lately. It's just gotten more important in the craziness of life.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous merr said...

You wrote: "Music arises from and is framed by silence. So do words, and writing, and thought. And faith, if you care to see it that way." That is really poignant and a beautiful meditation. Thank you.

10:51 AM  

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