It just feels like one of these Sunday mornings. It’s clear and crisp, the colors of the sky outside my studio looking very much like something from a Hiroshige print. Quiet outside. Hardly a rustling through the forest as I made my way to the studio this morning. In my head, I begin to hear those simple quiet notes from the first of the Gymnopédies, that elegant group of quiet and moody music from composer Erik Satie.
Hearing this music always slows me down, makes me breath. Ponder things, both big and little.
But despite all my pondering, don’t ask me the meaning behind the word gymnopédie. My little bit of research turns up no clear consensus on the meaning from any number of sources. It could mean almost anything actually. And maybe that is why Satie chose it– it sounds likes so much more but is vaporous and edgeless.
It fits the music.
Here’s a snip of Gymnopédie #1 to start your first Sunday of 2014. I think it is interesting that the maker of this video chose images of the universe to illustrate this music. Big things. I think an image of a snow flake falling gently against a slatey sky would fit as well. Small things.
Have a good day.