It is said that music was given to mankind by the God Shiva six thousand years before our era. With the help of music, Orpheus (son of Apollo and the Muse, Calliope) went to rescue Eurydice from the Underworld. And he nearly succeeded, until he turned back to see her. Then she faded away. Was Orpheus' mission only a dream-a memory-woven through music?
The ancient Maori are said to have navigated over three thousand miles of open Pacific Ocean aided only by Song. One wonders what data, inscribed in Song, guided their journeys. That they succeeded was no mere dream. That they thus became masters of their fates lay surely in themselves. But perhaps also in the stars-their constellations encoded in the structure of Song?
Australian aborigines have complex songs that map their terrain acoustically. Rising and falling arpeggios trace mountain paths; monotones denote flat plains. Songs mimic different footsteps on particular kinds of soil.
What dreams, memories, or maps go into the body of Song to orient one in an uncertain reality? We begin with a child humming to himself to maintain his courage while snorkeling. We will return via his grandfather, dreaming music while struggling with the trauma of loss. En route we will touch on early development, some neurobiological roots of music, and trauma theory-with the aim of helping to build a psychoanalytic aesthetics.
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Adam, age eight, has the self-confident spirit and sunny nature of the family pet. Brave but not a maritime hero particularly, sociable