In trying to grasp the vastness of music or a composition, we often never notice the little nuiances that composers put into thier music. Or it could also be interpreted as meaning that so few "ideal notes" are being used that we are missing a great deal of them. Either way, we miss a great deal sometime in music that we simply cannot comprehend.
Luke Finger,
Mar 6 2000, Monday 8:28 CST

Actually, I think it has nothing to do with the notes themselves. "Ideal notes" is not referring to some specific notes--all twelve notes are equal. It is just how they are arranged and how they are accompanied with other notes to make harmony. Those are the ideal notes-- the ones that you can feel in your heart and the ones which send chills up your spine.
Jonathan Coleman,
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 9:24 CST

I think the poet means that the "ideal notes" are always what we want for it to sound like, what sounds right to our ear, and what is usually heard. He's saying it's sad, because there's so much more out there that we don't try and experiment with. And by just doing the expected, we bypass so many interesting sounds by doing so. I think he's so right because there's so many times when you get sick of hearing the same things over and over, in yet knowing there's so many other combinations and sounds you could be hearing is incredible.
Margaret Porter,
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 5:08 CST

I think the poet is referring to all the notes that have never been sung. Notes that are there but have never been discovered. Notes that are just "waiting to be sounded" Jennifer Barker,
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 5:27 CST

I think what the poet is saying is that there are an infinite number of notes and pitches, suspended in time, waitng to fit into the "ideal notes" we have set aside as beautiful and mathematically understandable to our senses. Not every note can be heard, however, or even imagined, due to the limits we put on music. Music is not just mathematical; it holds its own realm of sound, heard and unheard, and does not actually have to exist to be. We can hear music without hearing pitch, which is why not all notes must be "ideal".
Kara Ryckman,
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 6:25 CST

Because none of us can really appreciate the full music the first time we hear it. Yes it is beautiful and yes we hear it, but we can't appreciate everything that the composer has put together for the piece. That's what I think he is trying to say.
Jeremy Cates,
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 7:05 CST

This song is very confusing to me. It is incredibly bizarre and in all honesty, I don't particularly enjoy it. However, I think the lyrics are saying something to the effect that there are thousands of combinations of notes, so music will go on forever. The ideal notes are those notes that have not been recorded. (Maybe)
Katherine Kline,
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 8:46 CST

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