Oh, boy, am I ever out of the loop! I wanted to post for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this past Thursday because she had some really good prompts to choose from, but I never got around to it. Then this weekend I actually got out not once, but TWICE! Can you even believe it?
I was so happy to get to meet Sara Friday, after over a dozen years of being blog/social media friends. We went to a local favorite of mine, Rosie’s Mexican Cantina – which you simply must try if you ever find yourself in Huntsville – for margaritas and appetizers. How gorgeous is this chandelier hanging in Rosie’s lobby? You may not be able to tell from the photo, but it is HUGE! And it immediately made me want to come home and replicate it to scale with lighter materials, but I’ve already got so many upcycled lighting projects swirling around in my head at the moment that I would like to get to first.
On Saturday, I went out to celebrate a co-worker’s birthday, and it was so much fun being able to spend time with people outside of work as well as catching up with former co-workers and meeting a few new people! I rarely get to spend time with co-workers outside of work, so this was a real treat!
Today’s Monday’s Music Moves Me theme comes to us from Patrick at Adventures in Weseland: How music educates us. This could go so many ways. When we’re younger, we’re often taught through catchy little songs about all sorts of things, from Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492 to which bones are connected to one another to conjunctions and bills (Schoolhouse Rock, anyone?). When I was a little bit older, I started hearing “Feliz Navidad” every year around Christmas and eventually figured out that I wasn’t just misunderstanding certain lyrics due to my near-deafness, I was hearing/learning a few words in another language.
My song selections are by a band fronted by someone whom I consider a genius not only musically, but apparently mathematically as well, Maynard James Keenan. I’m referring to the song “Lateralus” by Tool, which heavily integrates the Fibonacci Sequence/Golden Spiral. This wouldn’t mean much to me other than the song has a pretty amazing sound and beat, but it takes on a whole new meaning after watching this video, which explains the sequence and how it applies to this song in real time. I basically learned about the Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Spiral, and Golden Ratio because of this song (and this fan-made video), as I really do not recall learning about any of these in high school Geometry. I mean, maybe we studied it, but if we did I have successfully blocked it from memory. Math and I do not get along, and I got kind of confused and dizzy just reading the Wikipedia pages on all of them.I know it’s a long video, but it is so interesting. I really hope you get a chance to watch!
Tool – “Lateralus”
“Lateralus” isn’t the only Tool song to incorporate mathematical theories and formulas (there are quite a few), but in my opinion, it’s the most interesting. For those that are mathematically inclined, there is Tool’s “Schism”, which lyrically hints at squaring the circle – you can listen and see if you spot where it comes into play!
Tool – Schism
(imagery in video is really weird, and might be disturbing to some)
I thought these were good for how music educates us, because I (a) learned something, and (b) can’t imagine the intelligence it takes to successfully conceptualize turning all this math into music.
How/on what has music educated YOU?