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by Justin St. Vincent

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Author: Justin St. Vincent
Publisher: Xtreme Music; First edition (December 1, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 214
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Justin St. Vincent's hard work has given us a chance of studying a concept in our modern world which has been with us since ancient times, THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSIC.

Justin St. JUSTIN ST. VINCENT is the Director and Founder of Xtreme Music, where Music meets Spirituality. He was born in New Zealand, lived in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and North America, and is passionate about music from around the world.

Music continues to inspire spiritual expression as sound reflects and .

Music continues to inspire spiritual expression as sound reflects and affects faith and values. Beliefs and perceptions will transcend the very nature of music and lyrics. A spiritual experience is like a fountain of music sourced from the living water well of the soul. Emotional expressions pass through life, whereas spiritual experiences are profound to life. The difference may be discovered in retrospect.

Organized in an appropriately named book, The Spiritual Significance of Music, St. Vincent offers insight from various industry experts – from authors to performers and from Christian to mainstream and death metal.

His published trilogy exploring The Spiritual Significance of Music (2009-2012, Xtreme Music) features exclusive interviews with many visionary musicians and writers. These unique anthologies explore the dynamic relationship between music and spirituality, sharing incredible insights from their experience, knowledge, and wisdom. VINCENT is the Director and Founder of Xtreme Music. Vincent has interviewed more than one thousand people, choosing over one hundred responses, to produce a cutting-edge and ground-breaking project for our music-minded generation. INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH 1 Giant Leap Daniel Bedingfield Don Campbell Cannibal Corpse Sheila Chandra Delirious?

This book takes an interesting look at the relationship between music and spirituality.

This book takes an interesting look at the relationship between music and spirituality. More specifically, it is a compilation of over 100 different interviews with musicians from around the world, different walks of life, and different genres of music. I personally did not find this book to be very interesting; however, that may be related to my also lack of experience and interest in the nature of music

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Spirituals (also known as Negro spirituals, Spiritual music, or African-American spirituals) is a genre of songs originating in the United States and created by African Americans

Spirituals (also known as Negro spirituals, Spiritual music, or African-American spirituals) is a genre of songs originating in the United States and created by African Americans. Spirituals were originally an oral tradition that imparted Christian values while also describing the hardships of slavery. Although spirituals were originally unaccompanied monophonic (unison) songs, they are best known today in harmonized choral arrangements.

THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSIC is an exciting collection of exclusive interviews with many of the world's most visionary musicians and writers. A unique anthology that explores the dynamic relationship between Music and Spirituality, sharing incredible insights from their experience, knowledge, and wisdom. This book embraces the beauty and diversity of Music, providing readers with a tapestry of new thoughts on Music and Spirituality.<P>Justin St. Vincent has interviewed more than one thousand people, choosing over one hundred responses, to produce a cutting-edge and ground-breaking project for our music-minded generation. Includes exclusive interviews with: 1 Giant Leap, Daniel Bedingfield, Don Campbell, Cannibal Corpse, Sheila Chandra, Delirious?, Demon Hunter, Devo, DragonForce, Enthroned, Faith No More, Michael Franti, Jonathan Goldman, Gorgoroth, Guns N' Roses, Healing With Harmony, Iasos, Jefferson Starship, The Locust, Kevin Max, Metal Church, Mortification, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Ultra Nate, Petra, Pitchshifter, Ravi Shankar, Bob Sinclar, and Underoath.
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Justin St. Vincent, editor
The Spiritual Significance of Music
Xtreme Music, ISBN 978-0-473-15690-9
Non-Fiction-spirituality, religion, music, mind and body
214 pages
March 2010 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
Justin St. Vincent, editor for The Spiritual Significance of Music, is founder and director of Xtreme Music. He is a native of New Zealand and has lived in the UK, Hong Kong, and North America. (2010, p.213) New Zealand is now is choice of residence. For more information about Mr. St. Vincent please visit his web site [...].

While most when queried about the connection between music and spirituality might come back with something entirely religious the various people that Mr. St. Vincent has invited to participate in this book range from total religious experiences in creating, listening, or playing, music to more subtle and less concrete versions of the connection that one might get from music itself. The pool of experts he questions on this topic is vast and multidimensional in breadth of life/vocational experiences across this mystical musical industry.

Some of the more memorable excerpts, to me, are listed below: From guitarist/vocalist Sander Gommans from After Forever "The lyrics...do handle something bigger than ourselves: a force we cannot explain." (2010, p.6) Music therapist Kenneth Aigen says (p.7) "The creation of groove is a spiritual discipline because it requires focus and abandonment, body and mind, unison and variation, intention and surrender." Gonzo Sandoval, percussionist for Armored Saint, says that "We allow listeners to peek into our very soul." (p.13) Percussionist, Cyro Baptista writes that " ...it takes a lot of courage to make music from your heart, certainly more courage than getting a gun to make war." (p.22) Rand Bishop, author, defines that connection as "Nimble fingers, dexterous lips, powerful diaphragms, and sonorous throats give wings and fuel to music's flight." (p.29)

Those above are but a few of the quotes that stick out in my mind as defining the spirituality of music as asked by Justin St. Vincent in this book. Common threads that can be read across the people who participated in this book are that music can take the listener, musician, or writer to places where words cannot completely express: moving us to spiritual heights unlike anything else we are able to feel as humans: it is subjective in nature and resonates with each person differently. Many participants also say that music has the ability to change moods or actions across the entire socio-emotional spectrum. Music can evoke love and hate, depression and elation, religious and/or atheist like no other art form. Gerald Casale, bassist, vocalist, and co-founder for Devo said that "True spirituality seeks to re-unite a thread that connects all of us to the rest of life and, thus, brings us together." (p.52) Peijman Kouretchian, drummer for Girth, said that "Music...is an instantaneous sensory....decoding of spirit." (p.77) Kouretchian also adds that the more pure [paraphrase] the artist the more powerful the music.

The pages of this book are filled with opinions and thoughts on the topic of spirituality and music, but few can touch what Wendy Bartlett, director of Healing with Harmony, said "Maybe Heaven is not a place at all, but rather a feeling that awakens our Spirit because for that moment in time we are touched by music, we are one with our Maker." (2010, p.86) Thank you Justin St. Vincent for editing these many excerpts and combining them into a cohesive format for a thought provoking and insightful reading.
Not an esoteric text that is accessible only to the enlightened, this paean to the spiritual significance of music is written in such a way that you might easily think that you are reading a series of articles from Rolling Stone Magazine. This collection of interviews with both music-makers and writers from around the world is aimed at finding their answer to the question: `What do you believe is the spiritual significance of music?' This intimate and, at times, deeply profound study of individual beliefs about the interconnection between spirituality and music is presented verbatim in the words of each artist him/herself, without the inclusion of any questions that the editor might have addressed to the interviewees concerned and without the addition of editorial comment. Such a presentation allows the pure and authentic voice of the musician or author to emerge in all cases.

The unbiased reportage allows for the juxtaposing of interviews with adherents to the more traditional faiths, such as Christianity and Hinduism, with others with those who adhere to more alternative practices, such as Satanism. The wide range of beliefs that is reflected in these pages also encompasses agnosticism and the spiritual questioning of such musicians as Michael IX Williams. Covering such subthemes as the anthropological, cultural and historical roots of music, as well as its therapeutic and universal appeal to the emotions, The Spiritual Significance of Music should be of interest to a wide range of music-lovers.

By arranging the entries alphabetically, according either to the names of the artists, or to the names of the groups or bands to which they belong, Justin St. Vincent is able to express his lack of bias towards the musicians concerned. The reader is, accordingly, free to respond to what each of the interviewees has to say on a personal level.

The work ends with brief overviews of the main work of each of the musicians and authors involved, including their web site addresses, the details of when and where each interview took place, and the names and web site addresses of the photographer concerned.

As an indexer, I would have loved to have seen an index broadly split up into pertinent categories, expressing the major concerns of each of the musicians and writers. However, at the moment one may choose either to read the interviews conducted with those artists who have made the deepest impression on one's life, or take pot luck and start reading at any point in the text (you might be pleasantly surprised by the serendipitous findings that you make). Of course, there are also the black-and-white photographs of each artist interviewed, so that if you are particularly interested in female music and writings, for instance, you might choose to read all those interviews conducted with women. However, no matter how you choose to read this text, you are bound to learn more about the main theme: the spiritual significance of music, as personally experienced by more than one hundred contributors, many of whom are extremely well known.
I wasn't sure of what to expect from "The Spiritual Significance of Music" when I was asked to review it. I knew it was a collection of essays by a group of musicians and artists, and assumed that most of those essays would be by artists under the broad spectrum of the "new age" music genre. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the artists whose writings are included come from a wide range of musical genres and that they are based in places all over the world. Some of the essays come from the authors of books about music, so it's an amazing collection! There are 102 essays, including editor Justin St. Vincent's concluding comments, and most are about a half page in length - several are two or three pages. I have to admit that I didn't recognize many of the names, but I read each essay with interest because there were so many different viewpoints, ranging from music being a direct gift from God to music having absolutely no spiritual significance at all, and everything in between. Several Christian rock and metal bands are included, but there are also Satanists and death metal bands whose contributions are every bit as passionate as the more traditional religious bands. There are a few pop, world, and new age artists as well, so the current music world has a strong representation.The jazz and classical genres don't have much of a showing, but perhaps that will be another volume - or not! I commend St. Vincent for gathering the thoughts of such a variety of people with such a variety of opinions about the subject. The last 45 or so pages present short bios of the contributors, including discographies and websites, so readers can follow up on the artists they find interesting. I found the whole book to be excellent and inspiring to read. Recommended!