Austin — The language that we use with each other is such a crude approximation of experience, a drunken messenger whom we treat as sober.
Behind those words is the complex integrity of nature, irreducable to such compact nuggets of meaning. In singing we can get closer to that nature because we are more in the realm of matter and vibration.
I love playing in the spectrum between conventional and made up language in my Sing15 practice. The former has the weight of years and the latter has the truth of the moment, accessing deeper layers. I go there tonight.
For a while I dwell in a rap-like zone, singing mostly in English and then morph the sound so I’m swinging a little more. Then I flip the ratio so I’m singing mostly invented language with an occasional English word thrown in for spice. Listening to this style of singing shows me how much weight our conventional words have. Even when vastly outnumbered by invented sounds, the mind grabs on to the known words and their entrenched meaning, using that to shape the perceived meaning of the whole phrase.