The social worker came up with it. He had a programme, a questionnaire and two jars of beans. We learned to be cool and consequent.
I thought it would be about emotional awareness and the development thereof. I thought that in all those years of family life nobody was ever fully conscious about their acute emotions and nobody talked about the growth of emotions.
As if it could have been a school-subject, a faculty of science or an art: emotional intelligence.
Or are our emotions born with us, unchangeable, a stagnant inner truth? Are depths of grief or joy always the same, or do they grow up with us?
In any case, emotions take place in the body. Fear, for example is often felt in the solar plexus and sometimes effects the intestines. Of all body parts, the heart renders the most sustainable feeling of joy. This feeling does not directly involve the movement of the heartbeat alone, but rather spreads out from the heart evenly and smoothly over the whole body and beyond. It is a continuous expanding movement, spreading like warmth. Wilson Noble wrote a song called
This song may illustrate its title. (click here)
Musical space relates to heartspace by virtue of movement. Music can emulate the expansion of joy felt by a heart. My sister's composition and poem "Der Grundton schwingt" also talk about this phenomenon. I have tried to translate her German poem as best as I could.
Almost unnoticed, a tone begins,
Quietly moving, a casual round,
Slowly, touching, it constantly sings.
The heart quivers to the swinging sound.
Just now you don’t anticipate what is to come,
The tone’s tempo lingers on.
Yet, throughout piano keys
blows a slight foreboding breeze.
In the depth, dynamic force
Running upwards widths of waves
Follows the tone without haste.
The rhythm fits; the second hand sets in, of course.
Dancing, breathing, and again
Relishing in stillness, the tone sighs
And circles twice
Around the playing hands
The wise one will not be astounded
For love’s culminating sigh.
In the transit to Venus long impounded
All that what sparks between the hearts that fly.
For a few more gasps the tone goes on
Blithely, when the final chord
aspirates a lasting word:
Sometimes music causes an aesthetic chill, a shiver, where the hair stands up, because something is so beautiful that it touches us. Bériachvili proposes that the internal necessity for artistic activity is caused by two factors: first, the immaterial ‘we’, the experience of inter-subjective union rooted in the subconscious; and secondly, the union with nature and the outside world. The aesthetic chill relates to the experience of union (Bériachvili, 2016).
Noble, W. (2015) Heartspace
Bériachvili, G. (2016). : Frisson esthétique : à la recherche d’une explication théorique. IRASM, 47(1), 63-85.
Brandenburger, M. (2019) Der Grundton schwingt