Music & Dance - By David Hakim

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MUSIC AND DANCE

Whole worlds are open to me through music and dance.  As in the movie, “Amadeus,” dancing should not exist without music.  My soul thrives on both and to deny myself one without the other leaves much out of my life:

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Of course, many times music exists without dancing, but for the best possible attainment of a source of maintenance and inspiration in my life, they are unified.

Music and dance generate feeling.  Music and dance come from spirit. My type of music and dance is very personal to me.  Life would lose much of its meaning and desire without music and dance. 

Much of music and dance is pleasing to me and are a source of inspiration from my angels and God.  I believe music and dance are manifestations of the Almighty.  They are part of my worship of the divine, for they evoke feeling of profound love and admiration.

Through music and dance God and my angels speak to me.  Music and dance transform the conditions of living ethereally and make it more pleasant. 

Music and dance bring about profound peace, pleasure and sustaining power. Part of my communication with God is through music and dance. I know, see, feel and love God through music and dance.  To me, they are a gift from God.

For example, the following is Mozart’s Laudate Dominum – K339 by W.A. Mozart:

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The English translation to “Laudate Dominum” (from Psalm 117) is:

Praise the Lord, all ye nations (peoples),

Praise Him all ye peoples,

For his loving kindness (mercy),

Has been bestowed upon us,

And the truth of the Lord endures for eternity.

Then comes the usual Doxology,

Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning,

Is now, and ever shall be,

World without end, Amen.

It is especially pertinent that since we are part of God, we are praising ourselves for our kindness to ourselves and for bringing about greater good toward ourselves (See “The Secret,” the “Law of Attraction.”).

I have been enthralled by many of the great symphonies.  I really enjoy Finlandia by Jean Sibelius.  A presentation of Luis Rodriguiz conducting the La Paz Youth Orchestra is the following:

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Another of my favorites is Beethoven’s Symphony #9 in D Minor, Opus 125.  Parts 1 and 2 are conducted by Herbert Von Karajan:

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Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is notable in part because of its incorporation of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” or “All Men Shall Be Brothers”:

Friedrich Schiller
(1759-1805)

Ode To Joy

translated by William F. Wertz

Joy, thou beauteous godly lightning,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire drunken we are ent’ring
Heavenly, thy holy home!
Thy enchantments bind together,
What did custom stern divide,
Every man becomes a brother,
Where thy gentle wings abide.

Chorus.
Be embrac’d, ye millions yonder!
Take this kiss throughout the world!
Brothers—o’er the stars unfurl’d
Must reside a loving Father.}

Who the noble prize achieveth,
Good friend of a friend to be;
Who a lovely wife attaineth,
Join us in his jubilee!
Yes—he too who but {one} being
On this earth can call {his} own!
He who ne’er was able, weeping
Stealeth from this league alone!

Chorus.
He who in the great ring dwelleth,
Homage pays to sympathy!
To the stars above leads she,
Where on high the {Unknown} reigneth.}

Joy is drunk by every being
From kind nature’s flowing breasts,
Every evil, every good thing
For her rosy footprint quests.
Gave she {us} both {vines} and kisses,
In the face of death a friend,
To the worm were given blisses
And the Cherubs God attend.

Chorus.
Fall before him, all ye millions?
{Know’st} thou the Creator, world?
Seek above the stars unfurl’d,
Yonder dwells He in the heavens.}

Joy commands the hardy mainspring
Of the universe eterne.
Joy, oh joy the wheel is driving
Which the worlds’ great clock doth turn.
Flowers from the buds she coaxes,
Suns from out the hyaline,
Spheres she rotates through expanses,
Which the seer can’t divine.

Chorus.
As the suns are flying, happy
Through the heaven’s glorious plane,
Travel, brothers, down your lane,
Joyful as in hero’s vict’ry.}

From the truth’s own fiery mirror
On the searcher {doth} she smile.
Up the steep incline of honor
Guideth {she} the suff’rer’s mile.
High upon faith’s sunlit mountains
One can see {her} banner flies,
Through the breach of open’d coffins
{She} in angel’s choir doth rise.

Chorus.
Suffer on courageous millions!
Suffer for a better world!
O’er the tent of stars unfurl’d
God rewards you from the heavens.}

Gods can never be requited,
Beauteous ’tis, their like to be.
Grief and want shall be reported,
So to cheer with gaiety.
Hate and vengeance be forgotten,
Pardon’d be our mortal foe,
Not a teardrop shall him dampen,
No repentance bring him low.

Chorus.
Let our book of debts be cancell’d!
Reconcile the total world!
Brothers—o’er the stars unfurl’d
God doth judge, as we have settl’d.}

Joy doth bubble from this rummer,
From the golden blood of grape
Cannibals imbibe good temper,
Weak of heart their courage take—
Brothers, fly up from thy places,
When the brimming cup doth pass,
Let the foam shoot up in spaces:
To the goodly Soul this glass!

Chorus.
Whom the crown of stars doth honor,
Whom the hymns of Seraphs bless,
{To the goodly Soul this glass}
O’er the tent of stars up yonder!}

Courage firm in grievous trial,
Help, where innocence doth scream,
Oaths which sworn to are eternal,
Truth to friend and foe the same,
Manly pride ’fore kingly power—
Brothers, cost it life and blood,—
Honor to whom merits honor,
Ruin to the lying brood!

Chorus.
Closer draw the holy circle,
Swear it by this golden wine,
Faithful to the vow divine,
Swear it by the Judge celestial!}

Rescue from the tyrant’s fetters,
Mercy to the villain e’en,
Hope within the dying hours,
Pardon at the guillotine!
E’en the dead shall live in heaven!
Brothers, drink and all agree,
Every sin shall be forgiven,
Hell forever cease to be.

Chorus.
A serene departing hour!
Pleasant sleep beneath the pall!
Brothers—gentle words for all
Doth the Judge of mortals utter!}

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When I was a child my family owned a player piano.  One of my favorite songs was Jacques Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” from his Tales of Hoffman.  Here Andre Rieu conducts a concert in Tuscany:

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A translation of “Barcarolle” is:

Lovely night, oh night of love,
  smile upon our joys!
Night much sweeter than the day,
  oh beautiful night of love!
 
Time flies by, and carries away
  our tender caresses for ever!
Time flies far from this happy oasis
  and does not return.
 
Burning zephyrs,
  embrace us with your caresses!
Burning zephyrs,
  give us your caresses!
 
Lovely night, oh night of love,
  smile upon our joys!
Night much sweeter than the day,
  oh beautiful night of love!

One of the most dramatic presentations of a movie with music is Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: a Space Odyssey, the Dawn of Man,” incorporating Richard Strauss’  “Thus Spake Zarathustra, Opus 30”:

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I saw my first ballet performance in 1956 when I was 21 at an outdoor theater in or near Los Angeles, California.  It was Frederick Chopin’s “Les Sylphides” performed by the American Ballet Theater.  The closest I could get to the original performance I witnessed is performed by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev (Part 4 of 4 by the Royal Ballet):

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To this day I remember poignantly the scenery, the surrounding environment, and most especially, the outstanding dancing performed by the American Ballet Theater with such feeling that many in the audience, along with me, were crying.  I was hooked on great ballet performances from that day on.

"Sometimes I wish I could do acrobatic ballet as does Rudolf Nureyev in this sequence from “Romeo and Juliet” in his Royal Ballet performance with Margot Fonteyn:"

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However, I would prefer to dance as does Jonathan Cope with Sylvie Guillem in this excerpt from Act II of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake:

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Although I would be dancing a lesser role than Sylvie Guillem, I would feel as if I were dancing with and looking into the face of the Goddess herself.  I would feel chosen.                                                                            

David C. Hakim
Rochester, Michigan
December 24, 2007

NOTES:

Another "Swan Lake" ballet sequence is the following:
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I look upon myself as a lover of ballet and attend as many performances of classical ballet as I can.  However, when I usually open this excerpt from Act II of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” I receive chills upon chills!  That is why I requested my webmaster, Eddie Hakim (www.happyhourdj.com) to copy the YouTube presentation (the URL for the YouTube presentation is indicated above) so this presentation will last as long as this website.   

Parts of this presentation are out of focus.  View it this way:  in the world of fantasy, there was probably a fog present which slightly obscured one's vision.  In fact, there is a fog on stage! 

The music and dancing is acceptably erotic.  We have a couple greatly in love, but because of the control of a magician, she is not free to keep her form as a human but daily must take upon herself the form of a swan.  Sylvie’s dancing, especially her ability to lift up both legs to form a line, is universally acclaimed although a few are offended.  Her ability to use her body, especially her hands, arms, legs, and feet, and move them precisely with the music, touches the very foundation of my soul.  It assists me in releasing any physical and emotional pain and rejoice in the blessing of the moment.