Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wonderings and Wanderings

The mind has its own way of walking through the woods of thought. Sometimes on a clear path and goal-oriented, but sometimes just wandering aimless as a cloud  (Wordsworth) and just wondering about things without any compulsion to consult Google about answers. “I Wonder As I Wander” the name of a Langston Hughes book and maybe a quote from a song, but I’m not going to look that up on Wikipedia. Let’s just say that’s the first of this list that came to me wandering in thought up on the 12th floor of The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.

• Why do musicians say “1- 2-  1-2-3-*” and dancers “5-  6-  5-6 -7-8?”

• Was Lewis Carroll the first to experiment with LSD? Is there any other way to explain “Alice in Wonderland?”

• African proverb: “A lion does not turn around when a small dog is barking.” But what if it’s a pack of dogs and they have rabies? It might be worth a turn of the head.

• Change three letters in Orff Schulwerk and it becomes Orff Soulwork. Shall we?

• The pleasure in the meal is directly proportionate to the depth of the hunger. Should appetite be the prime qualification for acceptance in Orff training?

• Downtown Newark, New Jersey has been revived— but the Budweiser factory near the airport lives on. Why?

1 comment:

  1. "As an infant, you were dazzled by the motion paths that surrounded you and devoted all of your waking life to engaging your senses in varied combinations. Gradually, you learned to recognize the objects behind all those motion paths. You learned to identify their sounds, their touch, their look, and sometimes even their smell and taste. Your brain was generating a neural program to translate motion paths and waves into objects. By the time thou entered school, you were converting these waves into objects so quickly that you no longer realized the world was actually coming to you as waves."
    "...we drop the naming of objects in order to perceive them without our inner chatter."
    --from Original Mind, by Dee Joy Coulter

    'Tis a great thing to wonder and to wander. ;)