Thank you for your lovely interview and important essay!Thank you @ askesis, it is Kristine or @LivingWithoutLogic here! Jams, or music more generally can absolutely make arguments that fall outside of linguistic translation. Musical messages make sense when the listener connects the sound and patterns to meaning/s collected and stored. Like spoken language, music is delivered with rhythm, tone, inflection/s that are interpreted emotionally alongside the other modes of reasoning (kisceral, visceral, and logical). In short, the kisceral mode is not the only non-linguistic mode of reasoning as both emotion and visceral (the physical) elements can also be made sense of without words. The call to action or meaning delivered to one in the moments of jam are subjectively interpreted and can shift in meaning each time one listens to the rendition. Context matters. I would resist the urge to make explicit the meaning of music, as I considered in the paper, since power, and opportunity for transformation, remains in the unconstrained spaces of the Saying, what Levinas was call “le Dire” vs. the Said or “le Dit”, or the signified, restricted by the explicitness of language.
Sometimes I am convinced that certain jams are saying something. That they contain arguments and if I I listen to them long enough, I can decipher them. Not linguistically, but in terms of meaning or action. Is that kisceral reasoning? If so, how do I make it explicit?
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