If it looks like a drug, and swims like a drug, and quacks like a drug...
Thanks for turning me onto to "The Engulfed Cathedral" which I had never listened to before. From what I read it was composed a few years after "La Mer". A mesmerizing piece like much of Debussy's music. It is claimed that he said that he could not compose at the sea since it was so overwhelming to him. My father had some of his music and I first heard "La Mer" when I was just a grasshopper. I like what you said about music, substance and matter, especially your use of the word "particular" and sound waves. "She makes the sign of a teaspoon and he makes the sign of a wave."
This made me laugh several times! Yet the point is profound. Wonderful 👏
The themes and symbols of Ys, matter, material reminded me of an essay by Patricia Berry named "What's the Matter With Mother?" The words matter and material being cognate with mater and the sea of Ys in the Breton myth. What you wrote resonated on many levels especially after hearing this Debussy piece for the first time.
I love the hypnotic effect of the nested loops of words as you carried the reader deeper still through one topic, than another, and another, and then reminding us from whence we started in this good read. I thought of the Devil card in the Tarot, and how it shows we can addict ourselves to anything at all via attachment. In the mean time, no matter what, music matters. Thank you, Su, for your mindful blogs.
very good points, very apt description! however, where most drugs serve a purpose I wouldn't want to get bogged down into a discussion of what, if anything, the purpose of music woud be (for it doesn't have to have a purpose, does it?)