Sunday, May 8, 2011

Abraham Rampages About Music

I took a lot of pictures of my "old" kitchen as I prepared for the manifestation of my new kitchen. This blue glass is all packed away now. Cabinets arrive Wednesday!

On January 16th 2011, I wrote a Vortex Diary about seeing the Oregon Symphony perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2. (

Emanuel Ax was the guest pianist and Emmanuel Villaume was the guest conductor. I still think about that concert almost every day because it was such a dramatic experience of being swept into the Vortex in a completely rapturous and Divine manner. Here is an excerpt from that Vortex Diary in which I tried to put the experience into words:

"There are many moments in my life in which music has moved me immensely. There are a few that have moved me with such intensity that I know that my body, soul and spirit have permanently altered. For me it happened at the beginning of the second movement. Something about those opening chords hit me and I began ascending on a musical skyrocket. And then I went with the piece into the Vortex with Brahms and we melded minds in there and I was in love with him and music and the world and with life itself. During the third movement I dissolved into the music. The atoms of my body were unbound and floated above and around the Universe amongst the sound waves and vibrations made by not only the instruments but by all the expanded Vortexes of us all there together."

Tonight I found a YouTube clip in which Abraham, in response to a request from a conductor-in-training, does a rampage of appreciation that expands on what I was trying to convey. It's short and to-the-point and I couldn't help but offer it to you all:



  1. What a wonderful description. We say it's hard to put some things into words, but then I suppose that in itself is just a belief. I say that because your beautiful description of the experience really brought me into the feeling place of it. So, I thank you for sharing!
    Thanks! :D

  2. PS: That Blue Glass is beautiful! Thanks! :D

  3. I never thanked you for your wonderful comments. I think I was working a lot right then at the end of the school year. I love that you could feel what I was trying to convey. I still revisit that memory especially when I listen to Emmanuel Ax's recording of that piano concerto. I've really gotten into Brahms since that whole experience, too. Amazing composer!