Music And Attention


Focus on me
music says,
to bridge memory and anticipation,
to order the scatterbrain–
improve your functioning,
learn to be better through style.

Pay attention to my tones
in succession or vertical stacking,
follow them along their travels,
soaring over landscapes,
skimming across water.

Register my rhythms
in unison- or clashing-ness,
vibrate with their architectures,
turning time 3D,
feet tapping, dancing, digging deep.

Move along with me
music says,
I’ll give you something to focus on:
a hypothesis that works for a while.*

(*Inspired by a phrase by David Burrows in his article “Music and the Biology of Time” in Perspectives of New Music 11/1 (1972), pp. 241-49.)

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