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The Music of What Happens

May 16, 2021

Tim Robinson woods

二月看了 Tim Robinson : Connemara 这部纪录片。其中一幕令我印象深刻:他走在一片树林里,穿过倾斜、被青苔覆盖着的枝干,在隐约可闻的鸟鸣声中讲了一个故事:

Fionn said to his friends: “What is the finest music in the world?”

“The cuckoo calling from the highest tree, the ring of a spear on a shield, the belling of a stag across the water, the laughter of a girl…”

“They are good sounds all,” said Fionn.

“Tell us, chief,” one ventured, “what you think?”

“The music of what happens,” said great Fionn, “that is the finest music in the world.”

令人意外却十分美妙的答案。之前在一家书店里偶然看到过 Helen Vendler 一本评论集,而书名正是 The Music of What Happens. 对我来说,这短短的几个词似乎有种魔力:对现在的细微注意,完全处在此刻,观察发生的一切。

读完后时常想起的还有和泉式部的这首和歌:

夏の夜は ともしの鹿の 目をだにも 合はせぬ程に 明けぞしにける

大意:「 夏夜 被灯照亮的鹿 眼睑还未闭上 天已经亮了」,是说夏夜短暂。注释里写到,为了捕捉夜行的鹿,在道路上安置灯笼,通过鹿眼睛的反光来发现它们。这一图像,或者说图像的组合给我印象极深。同样是一种瞬间的观察。在阅读的同时,想象在夜间,自己与眼睛反射着灯光的鹿四目相对。The music of what happens.

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