Mystic Chords: Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music

Mystic Chords: Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music

Mystic Chords: Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music

Mystic Chords: Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music

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Rock and roll, and archetypal symbolism? If it is true that the creative spark of artistic inspiration originates deep within the collective soul of humanity, then it must also be true that it encompasses all forms of artistic expression and is not confined to any specific age or art form. The same primal source from which mythology, dreams, folk traditions, and poetic insight arise must also be the inspirational source for painting, music, literature, and all other modes of creative human endeavor. Elitists may dismiss popular entertainment as not properly belonging to this sphere of creative expression, but modern genres such as rock music and movie-making deserve their rightful places alongside the recognized works of classical and traditional art forms.

Much of popular music undoubtedly was produced for commercial profit rather than as a means of true expression, but a great number of the genuine pioneers of rock and roll did perceive music as a means of connecting with the mystical source of energy and creation that lay within their beings. The correspondence between the ideas and psychic forces which find release through rock and roll and the symbolism of religious, philosophical, and mythological imagery lends credence to the proposition that all of these methods of assimilating, synthesizing . . .

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