[Book Review] I’ve just read a collection of articles compiled from artists, musos and writers from around the globe. It’s an interesting mix of New Age, conservative and radical Christian viewpoints with the themes along the lines of the title LOVE, LIVE, FORGIVE.
The book is well done and achieves in its objectives, to share the messages from a bunch of arty folk who extol the virtues of the three topics. Editor Juston St Vincent slipped me a link and while my head couldn’t get around the significance of the book title at first the fact that it was offered free (no hooks or commercial blurb); from an Auckland dude and touched on the creative, piqued my curiosity. I’m glad I downloaded it and spent a few hours working through it.
The book is 8Mb, in PDF format. They don’t tell you that before you hit download!
The layout is nice, with good artistic skills and easy to read in the PDF format.
There are no contents, so I was unable to scan the entire book in advance as I normally do, but the book has three main sections relating to the three topics, and each artist speaks to the theme anywhere from ½ a page to two full pages per person.
The photos used however are real stunners. I found myself spending just as much time viewing and analysing the various photography skills as I did the text. Black and White relief; group shots, formal photography, various layouts and sizes and generally very classy indeed. These artists all knew how to present themselves, many are at the top of their fields and this attention to presentation detail showed.
The book is solid going, not a quick read. I found myself glossing over the repeating mantra that music and art are a key to unlocking life through various forms of love. What I picked out though were the annecdotes and personal stories – they always catch my attention rather than the philosophising! As an opinionated conservative but independently rebellious Christian I found some of the words a little wacky.
A high profile American musician wrote for example:
There is a terrific book written by a Japanese author named Masaru Emoto about the effects of sound on water. Because the human body is something like 80% water, Emoto set out to see how a water crystal changes under a microscope when various sounds and even phrases were spoken to it. Thus, if water changes due to sound, our human bodies and emotions might change due to sound, too.
According to this book, the perfect water molecule is in the shape of what we would refer to as a snowflake, and anytime loud Metal music or harsh words were spoken to the water, the crystals were distorted almost like they were offended and protecting themselves from offense. But, when happy words were spoken, and major keys of music played by speakers surrounding the water, it’s crystals were almost perfect in form. As best I remember, the one spoken word that kept the water crystal in its most perfect shape was the phrase “I Love You.” Presumably, this is how humans respond to each other too.
I would assume bright primary colors would have the same effect in paintings, photography or art too. This is important to note, because it explains why music has such impact on its listener. The notes that we hear have a direct correlation to our body. Likewise, the words we hear impact our soul as well.
Sorry brother, I’m not with you on that one. Neither is Research Scientist Kristopher Setchfield who debunks this belief fairly convincingly when he says:
After the lengthy review of Emoto’s research methods and results, I have come to believe that Dr. Emoto is offering pseudoscience to the masses in the guise of defensible research. Only time and review by others will tell if there is any truth at the heart of Mr. Emoto’s claims, as Emoto himself thoroughly believes in his findings but does not value the scientific method or community. What is truly fearsome is the great numbers of people that accept his words as proven facts without looking deeper to find out if his claims are truly justified.
The book raises some questions for me . . . it’s funded by a trust (Fetzer) established to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community.
Wow that’s a lofty goal!
Can you do that with an eBook project?
Perhaps so. Love, Live Forgive could be a piece of the equation.
Download free from: www.loveliveforgive.org