In this CD of Mathieu reading segments from his powerful written material in the Listening book ( which I have and have read) and The Musical Life ( which I now must get) I have found an even deeper understanding of the concept of and the process of listening.
After playing the CD several times, I found myself reaching further inside expanding my own awareness of sound and 'musicalness' moving into and integrating a more delicious sense of the world around me and its expressive nature.
Coming from a bad musical education experience as a child, I have stayed away from any technical teachings of music and don't even read music. When people talk to me about scales and timbre and other musical terms, I freeze up inside, my eyes glaze over while I try to sink into invisibility. Listening to these powerful CD's has brought a deeper awareness, an experiential opportunity to grasp hold of in both listening and in my playing. His material turns fearfulness into playfulness.
Mathieu is a musical explorer offering anyone from any background a true opportunity to grasp and connect to the wonderful world of sounds and music. His own deep connection to sound and music and his love of this come through in the rich sound of his voice as he reads the material. He artfully uses musical accompaniment to emphasize his points making what he is speaking of all the more real and easy to understand. I find in this approach a brilliance that I simply did not get from simply reading the Listening Book. Somehow listening to his voice, and his music twining around his words, moves you out of the intellectual mind and into the experiential realm.
In listening to Mathieu, I have been moved to explore and experiment with sounds. In the second disc the section “What Should I Practice?” motivates me to make my practicing something that comes alive with joy. All the rest of the tracks continue on offering you a way to take action and in doing so integrate at an almost cellular level a truer sense of where you are in the creation of sound, music and song. The material is inspirational. It can be listened to in short snippets or you can take the plunge and listen to both CD's in one setting. However you decide to approach this material you will always find something new to bring to your own musical journey.
It is an experience to listen to Mathieu's material. Anyone who enjoys music from a beginning player to a seasoned expert can enhance their own playing and listening from this CD set.
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