The role of music (4)
Music will only be able to find or regain its true role, its vocation, the moment it will be unequivocally dissociated from the idea of gain, material or financial profit. Engulfed in materialism, it cannot be edifying for man nor can it lead him to subtler levels of existence, upwards. Music that is pure distraction could still, in the limit, subsist in this kind of compromise, although it would already be less obvious for artistic music and less so for spiritual music. Yet, this does not mean that those who produce this kind of music are not allowed to make a living from their art. Nevertheless, between making a reasonable living from one’s art and turning it into a commercial product that aims primarily at financial profit, there is a margin.
For music to play its role properly and fully, it is imperative to remove it from the pursuit of pure and simple commercial profit to make it primarily an aesthetic activity, a matter of art. Then, depending on one’s disposition of mind, one may or may not give this music a spiritual purpose. What is most important, however, is to base the world of music on criteria of beauty and harmony, as done by composers whose creations date from before the modern era. The question is how to do this in our time, which apparently has little to do with this kind of approach. We must admit that the tendency, which seems to have taken over the whole world, is not at all an artistic, aesthetic, harmonious approach. It is therefore necessary to first rely on a set of merely individual approaches and then, find a way to bring together the individuals concerned in order to create a larger field of force that will, one day, affect the whole of society.
Such an individual approach consists in finding for each artist, for each individual who feels called, a path of personal and professional musical development that will allow him to realize his ideal of beauty and harmony. The approach can remain very modest or take on a larger scale and be practiced at one or more levels. The first level will be characterized by seeking, as an artist, to play only pieces that can honestly be described as aesthetic, harmonious, and to refrain from any form of music that is disordered, chaotic, particularly dark or simply too noisy. This will require discernment, but simply observing what music is bringing to you as an effect can already be of assistance and will support this quest.
The next step in this process may be to ensure, as an artist or musician, that you have an uplifting lifestyle so that you become a role model for your audience and transmit harmonious energies to them through musical activities. Here, one could think of working on defects such as nonchalance, disorder, criticism, calumny, dishonesty, arrogance or greed. Furthermore, it would be conceivable to take a spiritual step, to search for God, one’s self or one’s soul, with or without the help of a guide, with the aim of one day becoming the channel of an even higher inspiration, and thus contributing to the progress of all mankind.