I have more to say about this relationship, but that's for the future.
In the meantime, I want to leave you with this:
There's a reason we describe our most intense listening and reading experiences as all-consuming or transportive, that we say we get immersed in them, lose our awareness of time and place. It is because the composer or writer has been so connected to their material, and crafted it so meticulously that it feels spontaneous, as though it was a gift from some divine source that came to them fully formed.
It is because they've used sleight of hand, and made their manipulation invisible.
When the creator's hand disappears, music merges with our cells, resonates with our brainwaves, and synchronizes with our heartbeats. Warrants in an argument seamlessly bind assertion to evidence, memoirs sound like letters from family or friends. Fictional worlds replace our own: we hear characters speak, and feel their longing and pain. We become invested in their outcomes. The work takes on a life of its own.
And that is magic.
Causes Barbara Froman Supports
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Lawyers for the Creative Arts