Buckwheat wrote:Several good points here, but would you agree that when meditating it is more conducive to cultivation to find quiet seclusion than to turn on the stereo?
Absolutely. I was generalizing. Currently my attitude to music is much like Aloka's. In fact, when a song comes into my hearing range and I have no control over it, it usually strikes me as odd, like, what's that weird noise? Unless it's a song I know and like from my past. When that happens lately, I usually have a contemplative feel to it like, look how this song effects your emotions, thoughts, behaviors.... Look at all the hooks it comes with (more true of commercial music, because they want you to get hooked). Music can be a powerful motivator, but it's difficult (for me anyway) to find music that motivates me Path-wise.
Now: i'm curious as a (non-commercial) "retired" (semi-renunciate?) singer-song writer, master of the guitar, how does the OP's topic apply to other musicians
out there? Does performing music or playing in the privacy of your home have similar issues?
"You stop me, obviously with a demand for a personal explanation. 'How is it, you write, 'that you reject with such immitigable scorn the very foundation-stones of Buddhism, and yet refer disciples enthusiastically to the technique of some of its subtlest super-structures?'
-Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears
, Chapter XXVII: Structure of Mind Based on that of Body (Haeckel and Bertrand Russell)
"Questions of reality are too important to be left to the scientists."
-Paul Feyerbend, The Tyranny of Science
, p. 51 (Polity: 2012).