Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) said …
“Music is organized noise. Music is the nutrient of the living soil. Man does not live by bread alone, but by the inductive pattern of feeding oneself through the medulla oblongata.”
… and …
“The spine is a synthesizer. It is a tuning fork. If music be the food of the gods, play on. My cellular structure is my own Heaven and Hell. Omar Khayyam’s mistake was that he made soul a separate entity of his I-ness.”
Adano told me to listen to jazz to develop my intuition.
His technique is to anticipate each note before it’s played.
Adano was asked, “Out of all the spiritual teachers and great Masters you’ve ever met, who influenced you the most?”
Without hesitation, Adano replied, “Artie Shaw, for his versatility!”
Adano told us the story of Charlie Byrd’s introduction to Segovia.
Byrd (1925-1999) called Segovia (1893-1987) “the living authority on classical guitar,” but Segovia preferred to be designated as “the living authority on putting classical music through the guitar.”
When a group of us Texas Institute of Reflex Sciences students accompanied Adano to Segovia’s concert at Jones Hall in Houston, Adano’s discriminative ears caught two notational errors in Segovia’s recital.
Segovia’s performances were exquisitely precise in his youth – Adano claimed to have witnessed Segovia play guitar and simultaneously replace a broken string.
But Adano stressed that notation was secondary to Segovia’s unique projection of “self” into his music.
Adano, of course, was no slouch when it came to music and sonics – I once witnessed him rubbing a balloon to make it form the words, “I love you.”
Paramhansa Yogananda said …
“Recently we read in the New York Times that an experiment was conducted in which a certain vibration of the violin extinguished the light of a candle. Vibrations act like waves. As waves washing over an unclean area can wash it of impurities, so also strong tremors of vibrations moving through the fine tissues of the ultra-sensitive human body cells, wash away the diseases lodged therein. That is why good songs when properly listened to often dispel dark sorrow from the brain.”
Oswald Spengler (The Decline of the West, Vol. Two: Perspectives of World History, 1928) wrote …
“For music is the only art whose means lie outside the light-world that has so long become coextensive with our total world, and music alone, therefore, can take us right out of this world, break up the steely tyranny of light, and let us fondly imagine that we are on the verge of reaching the soul’s final secret – an illusion due to the fact that our waking consciousness is now so dominated by one sense only, so thoroughly adapted to the eye-world, that it is incapable of forming, out of the impressions it receives, a world of the ear.”
Weston La Barre (The Ghost Dance: The Origins of Religion, 1970, 1972) wrote …
“Greek gods were associated with particular musical instruments, e.g. Apollo-lyre, Athena-flute, etc.; so also were Hindu gods, e.g. Shiva-doubleheaded drum, Saraswati-vina, Krishna-flute, Vishnu-conch, etc. As is well known, Pythagoras considered music to have planetary-cosmic significance, a notion that is also Sumerian, Babylonian, Gnostic, Hindu, and Chinese. The new Chinese emperor, on his accession, carefully sought the huang chung or ‘Golden Bell’ absolute pitch so that his reign would be auspiciously ‘on pitch’ or in tune with the cosmos. Hindu ragas were associated with particular gods, time of day, etc.; cf. the Chinese lu or musical modes. All these circumstances suggest a magic-shamanic connection of music with the physical world.”
Susan Milius (“Face the Music,” Natural History, 12/01-1/02) wrote …
“Jenny Saffran, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has explored babies’ sense of pitch. She and her colleagues tested both adults and eight-month-olds with a series of bell tones. The infants proved far sharper than the adults at noticing sequences with the same relative pitches but different absolute pitches. Saffran proposes that people may be born with perfect pitch but lose the ability as they mature.”
Adano said …
“Music is never old. It’s always brand-new to the brain.”
Most of the information above can be found in Volume 3 of Butterflies Need No Taxidermist: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Resurrection Lifestyles of Swami Nitty-Gritty, available at …