Thursday, July 23, 2015

Festival with most celebrity musicians does not always win

Applying the non-dualist view of the Open Path to the music business is unexpected and very thought-provoking indeed! It shows very convincingly how too often music is being turned as an object. Dualism is no evil. What may be called for is a more meditative way to listen to sounds, realizing that the most elaborate symphonies are but a hitch to the all-pervading Silence. Also a less discriminative way to appreciate - is not the humming of pygmies hunters as important a contribution as the Bolero? In fact, is the business of music not an illustration of a very general human behaviour?
That comment was added to the post Let us change the way we listen by Karim Noverraz, who is an initiate of the Sufi Way and Open Path. The photos were taken at the Art in the Park Eid celebration in Milton Keynes on July 18/19th. This free event, which was refreshingly devoid of star performers, gave the lie to the fashionable dogma that the festival with most celebrity musicians wins. A Sufi fable offers sound advice about this pernicious cult of the celebrity:
When a seeker knocked at his master's door, he heard the sheikh call out, "Who is it?" "It is I, sir, me," he responds. To which the teacher calls back, "Go away! Where there is an I there can be no instruction. Come back when you are no one".

Musicians are Ali Keeler and Al Firdaus Ensemble (photos 5 & 7), Yemeni Musical Entertainment Group (1 & 6), Unite (9) and Jugnu Bhangra (3 & 10). This post is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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