Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Happy New Year!
It’s been a while since the last letter. I guess it was the other New
Year, the one after Christmas. The ‘festive season’ felt very
strange. While the supermarkets are full of Kenny G renditions of
carols, and the hotels have huge fake trees covered in lights, the
whole things is a very thin overlay.
And then boom (literally) it’s Spring Festival. The fireworks are
unimaginable. It is a roar like cannon fire, heavy mortar fire,
semi-automatic weaponry, and rifle cracks, and it’s forever. By
midnight New Year’s Eve all you can do is release into it and let the
noise do whatever it’s supposed to do. Interestingly, I think it has
actually done something to me. I feel emptied out. I had a week’s
break, but I don’t think that’s the operative factor. My whole
relationship with noise and sound has been changing as I live in this
intense and complicated soundscape.
Will check out Bill’s blog!
A great story about Bills quest to discover a deeper sense of one’s self which also makes us become more aware of ourselves. Already his letter gives one an inkling of the heightened sense of sound which is felt by one who is visually impaired. His idea about writing the book is apt and a gallant action which I am sure will draw attention to the plight of so many in China with its burgeoning economy. But any economic growth without commensurate compassionate considerations - particularly to those visually impaired or otherwise with impairments - is not really growth at all to represent an indictment upon any so called civilized state. Best wishes
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