What is of value to you?

In the arts, from a pedagogical point of view, value is about lightness and darkness. Colors, textures, contrasts and similarities. For example, when colors of similar value have a low contrast, they create the illusion of vibration or movement. In music, value is used to keep music in a well structured composition so that the meter is apparent to the listener as well as the musician. Is it important for the artist to know ahead of time what they wish to convey so they can utilize the principles of value? From a classic point of view, the answer would be in the affirmative as these principles would enlighten the audience.

There is much to be said for the study of the principles that create design, composition, choreography, writing ,etc. Are we breaking any rules if we find a more organic approach to expressing ourselves?

Music was essential to the pattern and texture of Greek life. It was the Greeks that came up with notation as a way for music to be written out. The music was an important feature of religious festivals, marriage and funeral rites, and large gatherings. Our knowledge of ancient Greek music comes from actual fragments of musical scores, literary references, and the remains of musical instruments. So the value of music was essential to the daily rituals of life just like they are today.

What if there was such a thing as time travel, and Johann Sebastian Bach , a composer from the 17th century traveled into our 21st century. He would sit himself down ready to watch a hip hop performance or classic rock and roll. How would he respond? What would his thoughts be? What would he feel? Music evolves through cultures within civilizations as they evolve over time.

The church had strict mandates during these earlier centuries for what was considered permissible in the compositions. If a composer detoured from these expectations they would be ostracized. Music in the church was to embellish or accompany prayer. It was intended to create a mood of peace, contemplation and spirituality. .

Fast forward to the 21st century, Mr Bach sitting at a kiss concert. He would likely be judgemental and not understand any of the music. But how cool would it be if he loved the music? The colors, the intensity, the electronics so many new senses coming to the forefront.

Value. Would you find value in a new experience? Would you be happy to try something new? Is there value at looking at something in a new way? Taking a problem and finding a new way to solve. Learn from history and appreciate new inventions which includes music and art. And, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could time travel? I would find value in that.

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