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Music listening: an incomplete manifesto

The prototype for the following document was graphic designer Bruce Mau's “An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth” from his book Life Style. While our music listening manifesto is a new document designed to challenge and excite music listeners everywhere, points 1, 7, 18, 21, 24, and 27 were paraphrased with appreciation from Mau’s source. Other sources of inspiration: music, our personal experiences, and the incredible beauty that surrounds us.

Music listening: an incomplete manifesto

by Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe 

  1. Allow music to transform you. The prerequisites for transformation: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

  2. Embrace the new. It takes courage to depart from familiarity and escape your comfort zone: only with change is there life.

  3. Make every encounter new. Every listening adventure – no matter how seemingly familiar or repetitive – is new. All musical occasions are an opportunity for transformation, growth, and discovery.

  4. The musical experience is yours. You live it. You create it. Your engagement is a vital ingredient.

  5. If you are bored, see points 1, 2, 3, and 4.

  6. Woah. The music doesn’t always happen where we think it ought to. Instead, it happens somewhere else – in the silence, in the reverb on the walls, in the performer’s gasp for air. Music comes charged with a palpable energy created by its surroundings at that very moment. Under any other circumstance, it would be different.