Friday, April 25, 2003

Word

. . . "thanks, but I've always understood singing as an act of self-abnegation involving the creation of beauty through the annhilation of one's own ego. I have no desire to sing alone." . . . (Alex/GolubLog. The Singer is a Mirror's Best Friend)

. . . "I think I like mode best. Of course, it helps that it contains the word ode, which comes from the Greek verb 'to sing'. . . . But what does a mode connote? An arrangement of notes. A way of doing things. A center of resonance. The most frequent value in a sequence. . . . Rather than thinking of blogging as a form, which would assign a sort of ethical value to it, or as a medium, which implies that it is a transparent channel, I would like to think of it as a mode. A mode is not a window into a new public. It is a tunnel through which certain things resonate - and are amplified or dampened." (Jeff/this Public Address 3.0. M(0de))

. . . "For the Navajo, the magical power inherent in the word itself has the power of healing: 'It commands, compels, organizes, ransforms, and restores. It disperses evil, reverses disorder, neutralizes pain, overcomes fear, elimintates illness, relieves anxiety, and restores order, health and well being'(Witherspoon. Language and Art in the Navajo Universe, 34) . It is the word itself which has psychological life. The word is the speaker, the move, the healer." (Ronald Schenk/DarkLight. Beauty as Healer)