Monday, August 6, 2012

Music and Dance

By James Henry

"Can we tell the dancer from the dance ..." 

The overlords in Arthur C Clarke's novel, Childhoods End, couldn't understand the very human need for music and dance- the overlords were an advanced, technically civilized race, yet music eluded their comprehension entirely. Music unlike even painting or poetry has absolutely no function- it's completely disinterested- and yet its ultimate value for humans probably resides in its strange detachment from our habit ridden everyday concerns - so yes, perhaps music and dance, mind and body, weaving into one being, do represent a true, authentic awakening, a way of remembering ourselves, again, once more perhaps?