Upcoming Programs

MythoSelf® Facilitator training, Module 1
27th-30th September 2007, Co. Wicklow, Eire.
Facilitated by Dr. David McDermott, Mythoself® Master Trainer.

Empowered Life for Teens workshop with Jeff Leiken.
28-30 September 2007, Hertfordshire, UK.

The Mythogenic Self® Experience
9th-11th November 2007, East Grinstead, Sussex, UK.
Facilitated by Sam Riordan and Jon Nicoll, MythoSelf® Associate Trainers.
See our main page for details

Dance of the Elements workshop (UK)
Date and Venue TBC.
More details coming soon.

In the beginning ... there was sound

The 2006 BBC Reith Lecture Series was delivered by a Supreme Master of the Podium, Daniel Barenboim, drawing on a lifetime of musical experience to illustrate eloquently how music is a way to make sense of the world.

In the first lecture Barenboim speaks with humour, clarity and coherence about how it is impossible to speak deeply about music, that all we can really do is speak about our own reaction to it. Wryly pointing out that the impossible has always attracted him more than the difficult, he sets out to weave connections between the inexpressible content of music and the inexpressible content of life.

Almost every definition of music that Barenboim has come across, he tells us, describes a subjective reaction to music rather than music itself. Precision is to be found in the following, from the Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni:

Music is sonorous air.

— Ferruccio Busoni

I loved what Barenboim had to say about how sound doesn't exist by itself but has a permanent, constant and unavoidable relationship with silence. Music does not, therefore, start from the first note and go on to the second. The first note determines the music, emerging as it does from the silence that precedes it. Music, for Barenboim, is not about being, but about becoming, and nothing in music, not even a single note, exists independently.

He speaks of passionate discipline.

The full lecture series includes Barenboim's insights into the impact of living in a predominantly visual society, and how hearing has become a neglected sense; how formal education is failing our children; about the ability of music to integrate, and how the very nature of being a musician is integrative, bringing together rhythm, melody, harmony, volume, and speed; and about the difference between power and strength.

You can listen to the full series of lectures via the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2006

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 Some past articles

In the beginning


Moments of Greatness

Your Right Foot (with free audio download)

Change your life in West Sussex! (with free audio download)

Demolition and re-construction


Parents, Teenagers and the Mythoself Process