Norwegian Folk Music
|A leaf on the rain-soaked sidewalk caught my eye.|
Today I listened to Norwegian Folk Music as I navigated the rainy streets. It was "appropriate" for the weather and mood. Of course we degrade the spirit of any genuine music when we use it as a "soundtrack" for daily activities. Nonetheless, this music remained beautiful, moving and appropriate.
Though created for social various social functions, this music is neither frivolous nor indulgent. However neither is it austere - the word appropriate comes to mind again.
It's expressed completely - especially by the Hardanger Fiddle, the traditional Norwegian violin, with its sympathetic strings. Those drones seem to access something subconscious and universal.
Though I'm listening out of context; this music has the quality of the best blues music. It is a specific yet elusive craft. Deep astringent melodies flowing with and against strong rhythms. Bold, yet understated.
A shot of wind, ice and snow.