Thoughts on 'Harmony'

noun noun: harmony; plural noun: harmonies

  1. the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce a pleasing effect.

  2. the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.

  3. the state of being in agreement or concord.

  4. an arrangement of the four Gospels, or of any parallel narratives, which presents single continuous narrative text.

The word harmony is about things that are in positive relationship to one another. It's about pitches (which are created from vibration) chiming together in such a way as to bring out the best in each other.

In terms of making, it's about bringing together pieces and allowing them to work together to make a whole. Perhaps using individual objects (or plants or animals or ecosystems or people), and setting up their environment to create something which flows together, each part using another equally in order to create something much bigger than any individual thing. This second one also makes me thing of relationship; two coming together as one, stronger unit. In terms of humans, it's about alignment of ideas and feelings. It makes me consider that feeling of "clicking" with someone instantly when you meet them as a subconscious harmonisation. Watching as their behaviour instantly brings out a side of you which you enjoy inhabiting. And when both people are in that state, how much more they might be capable of. The fourth definition got my attention; it wasn't something I was previously aware of, the idea that the word harmony actually has a religious foundation in it's correlation to the bible. And that it's not just music, but also literature that can be seen as harmonious, when multiple parts come together to create something bigger and stronger. The narrative is imperative; the continuous flow of story, creating a link through all the separate parts. The word harmony keeps entering my mind. Recently, I've found it coming up in different trains of thought and different conversations. It's a word that has had significance to me ever since I started training in music. In my songs and compositions, harmony is always very carefully attended to ; I carefully play through every note in every chords to make sure it's sitting right where it should be... making sure that each little note is acting it's part to make the body of the chord stronger, and indeed the narrative of the entire piece (or collection of pieces, in the case of an album or a series) the most fluent and interesting it can be.

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