Friday, June 18, 2010

Week 14: Noise/Silence

Noise (left: Sarah)

Korea is called "Land of the Morning Calm", which kills me, cause it is by no means land of the calm any time of the day. Pshh. It should be called "Land of the Morning Grandmother out Bashing her Giant Metal Rings for Some Completely Unknown and Probably Ridiculous Reason" OR "Land of the Morning Somebody Come and Shoot This Wretched Cat Cause She's Been in Heat for, like, EVER!" OR "Land of the Morning Hork the Entire Contents of Your Body Out and Rid Yourself of Disease." OR "Land of the This Building has Been Under Construction for 27 Years and it is Likely to Continue for the Rest of Your Days so you'd better Invest in Some Earplugs." Orrrr, "Land of the Morning Every Single Citizen Plays Piano or Violin and Can and Will Practice Whenever They Feel Like it."

Get the picture?

This place is NOISY.

Tonight was Korea's first game in the World Cup and national pride sends people screaming and honking into the streets and hurling their voices off of every single balcony! It's pretty exciting, and Hey! They won! FIGHTING!

Silence (right: Mary)

‘There are times when silence has the loudest voice’ Lerow Brownlow

Silence is a powerful thing and these days, I revel in it. Whether it is a quiet day reflecting by the sea, lying in a hammock, or walking through ancient ruins, I’m constantly discovering old stories and dreaming up new ones.

Figures in walls tell stories of ancient empires come and gone, their kings and those who served them, the wars they fought, the beliefs they held and the artists who laboured to make them. All of this without any words being spoken or heard.

Sometimes, silent stories are the most intriguing; it’s all in what you or I make of them. The above image could mean something completely different to you than it does to me, and both of our ideas could be different from what the artist intended.

Making stories from silence is a powerful thing. Therein, lie so many possibilities.

Where are the silent moments in your life taking you? Anywhere exciting?


Mary June 18, 2010 at 6:04 AM  

Ha. Remember the freakin' lady who used to yell out on every floor of every building between 5-8 a.m everyday some sort of chant that sounded curiously like, 'waaaaaaaaaaaaaake uuuuuuuuupp'.

Land of the morning calm if you're deep in a mountain valley, maybe. :)

Yay for Korea winning. We're so out of touch these days.

Is that Gloria behind Joon? hmmmmm.

Charlene June 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

Oh my noise is NOT I repeat NOT my cup of tea @ any time of the day unless it's the chatter of birds. Noise is NOT something too frequent here in Lindsay either.

Calm ~~~ ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

turtlestack June 19, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

Just a quick comment before heading north for some quiet. When I read your post Sass the lovely noise of laughter filled the room. Daddy asked what was so funny.

And Mary, it's interesting that you chose stone and prayer to represent silence. Let's talk about that one over tea.

Anonymous June 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

My week has been FULL of noise, both internal and external, both good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant.

ALL of it order for me to grow.



Anvilcloud June 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

We humans are so adaptable, aren't we? We live in crowded noisy cities or desolate place; mountain or plain; desert or rainforest; tundra or tropics. And we manage.

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