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“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast.” —William Hargreve

Light Music 9

How now brown hounds sense
Sounds of light

There was one man who was interested in the color of music, the connection between light and music, and that was Einstein —Leon Theremin

Light Music 2

Hushed shadows
Echo mute hollows
Booming dark

The aim of our studies is to prove that color is the most relative means of artistic expression, that we never really perceive what color is physically —Josef Albers

Light Music 1

Tartan pipes
Tricolor cannons
Sable strings

Her words evoked textures and echoes, the color of voices, the rhythm of footsteps —Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Light Music 8

Palette of sound bites

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul —Anon

Light Music 6

Brasses blare
Prismatic fanfares
Lightning drums

Music gives color to the air of the moment ―Karl Lagerfeld

Light Music 12

Sonic rays
Euphonious beams
Aural sparks

He knew his own voice was a red, the colour of a ruby lost in mist, a hazy red. His favorite singer made the most beautiful purple tones he’d ever seen; he loved the colours of music —Wolfette Nightingale

Light Music 3

Tonal tints
Rainbow rings

The best voices, whether blue or green or lavender, are full of flashes of light —John Rummell

Light Music 4

Neon sax
Pastel piccolos
Amber woods

If you have the colour-sense, you will know that a purple voice is the sweetest of all —A. J. Anderson

Light Music 5

Hound brown howls
Lion yellow growls
Green horn yowls

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression —Henri Matisse

Light Music wall

Saffron chants
Candy cane carols
Coral choirs

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for —Georgia O’Keeffe

Light Music wall 2

The Light Music series of opera (a more musical plural of opus than opuses) of which there are ten, is brought to you by that which hath charm to sooth the savage breast of a dog in the dark and prick up the ears of a cat after midnight. (Colorful quotations echo.) Thank you for viewing and listening.


17 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is probably a banal comment, but I have to say that the picture of the lion caught me off-guard as I was scrolling through this series!

    September 13, 2022
    • Thank you for your comment, David, Lions are unpredictable,, you know, like an artist born under Leo’s stars, such as Pepe Leduc, doing a cameo at a dog show. : )

      September 13, 2022
    • David, that comment reminds me of the eagle raised among chickens … who had to be reminded of his/her eagle-ness through great difficulty including being bullied (who did he think he was anyway!)

      September 14, 2022
      • My daughter has a book about a cat raised by mice!

        September 14, 2022
      • wow – hopefully overcomes the mousiness 🙂

        September 14, 2022
  2. when I get home from my travels I shall pick up the canvas and the paints, finally

    September 14, 2022
    • Safe home. Hope to see your paintings. 🙂

      September 14, 2022
      • thank you; if you search category painting, you can already see some. 🙂

        September 14, 2022
      • Thanks, I need a seeing-eye lion. 🙂

        September 14, 2022
      • ?

        September 14, 2022
      • A play on seeing-eye dog, to say thanks for directing me to the paintings that I’d missed.
        Most inspiring. 🙂

        September 14, 2022
      • oh that would be a guide dog – penny dropped 🙂

        September 14, 2022
      • Or a guide lion. 🙂

        September 14, 2022
  3. the Karl Lagerfeld is what makes sense for me of it all… cute dogs though (are they not on the way of being over-bred to their detriment?)

    September 14, 2022
  4. You inspired me to paint as well, especially the lion. I have read about synesthesia before and find it fascinating. This was a great post for exploring it from a new angle.

    September 19, 2022
    • Thank you, LuAnne. I’ll listen for the colors of your painting of a lion. 🙂 You know, words tend to differentiate the senses in my perceptions, to a greater extent than my sensorium does. I think ‘synesthesia’ is a word for the default perceptible range of stimuli our bodies are, or can be, tuned to experience as a whole. But that word makes it sound like a pathology. Art makes it interesting. 🙂
      “A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.” Gertrude Stein

      September 19, 2022

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