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Post Voice of God: Mozart, McCartney
Created by John Eipper on 10/01/21 7:46 AM

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Voice of God: Mozart, McCartney (Timothy Ashby, -Spain, 10/01/21 7:46 am)

John Hesley wrote back on September 20th:

"Artists have tapped into what is likely right-brain activity for eons."

Remember that moving scene in the film Amadeus where Salieri leafs through Mozart's scores (while we hear snatches of the music) and says, "This is the very voice of God"? There is some historical basis for this Hollywood dialogue, as Mozart himself didn't think about the origin of his music, seeming to accept that it simply "flowed." His contemporary, Goethe, wrote that Mozart was "the human incarnation of a divine force of creation."

Paul McCartney (who I had the pleasure a spending a day and delightful evening with nearly fifty years ago), said that the melody of his most famous song, "Yesterday," came to him in a dream. He awoke and quickly played it on a piano in his bedroom (Paul couldn't read or write music at that time) until he had memorised it, then went back to sleep. The lyrics came later (the original title was "Scrambled Eggs" as a placeholder).

JE comments:  "Scrambled eggs, they taste great with cheese and chicken legs..."  Good thing McCartney came up with better lyrics.

Tim, I won't let you off the hook with just a passing reference to your day with Sir Paul.  Tell us more, pretty please.


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