Monday, July 13, 2009

Heavy Metal


How sweet of this kid to throw his legs up in the air just as I was snapping this pic.

Sometimes I hear a song so compelling that I end up listening to it repeatedly, over and over again. After a few dozen listens, I know every note, every word even (and I'm not great with lyrics). I figure these songs are doing something for me; the vibrations are setting my energy in order, the melodies and ideas are reworking a segment of my neural network, or helping mend a long forgotten heartbreak. After awhile, I no longer "need" to hear the song, at which point I believe it has had its therapeutic effect.

Sometimes I get fixated on certain movies, particular foods, even art exhibits. My assumption is the same - that there's something about these minor obsessions that is helping me heal or perhaps getting me ready for a leap of personal evolution. I usually go with the flow of the repetitions, why not?

My art obsession du jour is The Art of Power: Together, some 75 works illustrate the use of luxurious armor in projecting an image of royal power in Imperial Spain. Strange, isn't it? I mean really, "luxurious armor" is definitely not my thing. What is luxurious armor anyway? If you want to know, go check out the show. The equestrian armor is truly gorgeous, while the children's armor is - well - just weird.

You don't have to hold a Ph.D. in psychology to understand why this show has caught my attention. As vulnerable and wide open as I am right now, certainly deep in my psyche I believe, at least for the moment, that sporting some fancy armor would protect me until I get my bearings again.

As for whether or not being shielded makes a person powerful ... hmmm ... not sure about that. But the show is fabulous.


National Gallery visitors, napping on the comfortable upholstery.

23 comments:

Lynne said...

Love that first pic! Super!

Glad you are on the mend.

Joanne said...

Interesting take on the music. That happens here, too. We find in our house that we even have "seasonal" tastes in music. Some cd's just get played in particular seasons, fall/winter only, then get put on the shelf till next year. For whatever reason, they become cyclical like that.

steven said...

hi reya, i visited the ngoa's website and there are some really good videos of the exhibition. i am always amazed by the shaping and decorating of metal. it seems so unlikely and yet there it is! but what really blew me away were the tapestries. so much detail, so rich. how did they do that? what were the stories of the people who laboured at them?
music heals. that's something i know for certain!!
steven

Steve said...

I think it totally makes sense that armor would appeal to you right now. (Why would a child need armor? Weird!)

Elizabeth said...

Super pictures by the way.
Museums in Washington are much more gracious and user-friendly than in NY.
In the Met they are mean to you
better in Brooklyn where they talk to you.
Armor is always uncomfortable --says she who has never worn it.
not even girdle type underwear as suggested by one's mother's generation.
How much better to be squishy and vulnerable.
HUGS.

Deborah said...

so interesting
PBS just aired a piece on music and the mind
Oliver Sachs--Awakenings, Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was interviewed and confirmed that people who could not walk or talk could sing and dance
Music is magical--you could probably audio stream it

Singing Loud(ly) and Proud(ly) of
my love for you

Deborah

Nancy said...

Some how luxury and armour seem like an odd couple.

Definitely let me know about August!!!

Reya Mellicker said...

Steve I think it's just about being fancy ... the kids' armor, that is. So royal was the royal family, that even the kids wore armor ... or something! Very odd.

Deborah I saw the PBS show - it was fabulous, actually about music and the brain (so different than the mind).

We listen to music in order to hook up the cerebellum with the frontal cortex, in order to feel a certain way. Everybody who listens to music understands that, but the show was great, showing exactly what parts of the brain light up when people listen to music. Very cool.

willow said...

WON-derful photos, Reya. Just exceptional. I'm getting so sleepy after looking at the second one. Those naps look so delicious...

Star said...

I so agree about the music. I have favourites for doing certain things, like at work I enjoy jazz. It really helps me to work. I like Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald when I'm working, so soothing and helps me when figuring out the figures! For housework I like The Darkness and when I'm sad or lonely, I like Snow Patrol or Coldplay.
Blessings Star

Tom said...

glad you are out and about and walking with Tonka...I used to have a red Tonka truck! And Toby says thanks and would like to lick you.

Meri said...

We all need a little armor for the heart from time to time. Plus a little shield and spear for close encounters.

Reya Mellicker said...

Toby may not lick me, but he is adorable.

Star I have work music, clean the house music, get sad and cry music, too. Does everyone?

About the nappers: I love the National Gallery. I've written before, but might write again, about how it is an all encompassing biosphere in which you can look at art, shop, eat, even take a nap since there are little rooms with natural light, fountains and plants and comfortable upholstery. It is huge - you can spend the whole day there. I should write that post again.

Karen said...

Yes, the obsessive repetition of a song rings a bell with me, too. Sometimes I think U2 is doing some serious energy channeling...!

A couple years ago I had a teaching from my spirit guides about armor, but mine was about NOT wearing it all the dang time! :) Hope yours is handy when it needs to be, and that you can put it down when it's time.

Barbara Martin said...

I like going to museums although there are times I pick up an intuitive image that keeps me spellbound for a time. The equestrian armour at the National Art Gallery would keep me mesmerized for most of the afternoon, which is fine with me.

Ronda Laveen said...

The repetition is like a mantra it seems. "Luxurious armor?" Sounds like some of my clients.

Pauline said...

Loved the way the brain lit up when it heard certain music. I can almost feel it happening. I often put the repeat feature on when I hear something that captures the whole of me and listen over and over until, like you, I feel I've absorbed it. I didn't think about healing that way though. Thought-provoking post.

Siobhán said...

Setting your energy in order...

Now that makes sense.

Great pics as always.

Reya Mellicker said...

Ronda that is so funny. Of course I know exactly what you're talking about.

bono's voice is a tonic that can cure most of what ails me. Thanks for the reminder, Karen. I'm going to switch on a CD right now.

Cyndy said...

I love all the shapes in the background of the first photo and the feet are a delightful surprise!

Rebecca Clayton said...

The sleepers look like they're radiating--what? Dreams? Art? Really wonderful.

Reya Mellicker said...

The natural light and all that white marble gives those spaces kind of a glow. Also the pic is blurry since I wanted to take it before the nappers woke up. Makes it painterly, eh?

California Girl said...

wonderful shot. full of joy.