: lack of agreement between people, ideas, etc.; STRIFE
: a combination of musical notes that strikes the ear harshly : DISSONANCE

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Discord (n.): early 13c., descorde, “unfriendly feeling, ill will;” also “dissention, strife,” from Old French descorde (12c.) “disagreement,” from Latin discordia, from discorsdisagreeing,” from dis-apart” + cor  “heart.” Musical sense is late 14c.

Related Word: Heart (n.): Old English heortebreast, soul, spirit, will, desire; courage; mind, intellect.”


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“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science, who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. He was the recipient for Nobel Prize in Physics. He was also fought fearlessly against racism and stood up for W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson.)

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“Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements; sickness is the discord of the elements infused into the living body.”

Leonard da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He was the illegitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant girl, Caterina, and was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio.)

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“Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.”

Heraclitus (535 – 475 BC, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who criticized his predecessors and contemporaries for their failure to see the unity in experience, and claimed to have announced an ever-lasting Word, Logos.)

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“Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.”

Plutarch (45 – 120 AD, Greek historian, biographer, and essayist. His works include: Parallel Lives, in which he recounts the noble deeds and characters of Greek and Roman soldiers, legislators, orators, and statesmen; and Moralia and Ethica, a series of more than 60 essays on ethical, religious, physical, political, and literary topics.)

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“Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.”

Sallust (Gaius Sallustius Crispus, 86-35/34 BC, Roman historian, politician, and novus homo (“new man”), and one of the great Latin literary stylists, noted for his narrative writings dealing with political personalities, corruption, and party rivalry.)

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“So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.”

Alan Watts (1915 – 1973, British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosopher for a Western audience.)

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Like good food music feeds the soul.

A yoga teacher once told me that “Primary food” is actually love, affection, warmth, gratitude and appreciation. “Secondary food,” on the other hand, is the food we eat. Once we get enough of primary food, we don’t need a lot of secondary.

Music was my family’s primary food source, and permeated throughout every area of homes, abundant in every variety, from blues, soul, rock n’ roll, gospel, folk, and country. There was rarely a time we did not have music. It was like the air we breathed. We could not do without it.

On Sundays after church my parents would take us to either Modear’s home, my mother’s mother, or to Nana’s, my father’s mother.

At Modear’s, my uncles played hard-hitting politically-based soul music, songs like “War” by Edwin Star: “War! What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing…”

Active in bands, my mother’s younger brothers, both played the trumpet. My Uncle Gregory, a mathematical genius but impaired by alcoholic and drugs, was always in search of the “perfect tone.” He explained that music was far more complex than math and had infinite variations and possibilities.

At my Nana’s immaculate home I heard songs from Broadway musicals like Fiddler’s on The Roof, Purlie, and Man of La Mancha.  It bored me to tears, but I still listened, searching for deeper meaning.

Even as a child, I was on search for my own music, something that   resonated my soul, and that was the group, The 5th Dimension which sung songs like, “Aquarius /Let the Sunshine In.” I still smile when I think how significant those songs are even ofr today.

Like any other family during that time, my family had times of great discords, but the one thing we could all agree on was the importance of music in our lives.  It fed and uplifted us, especially when challenged by the war, discrimination, illness, and death.

May music untie any discords in your life and illuminate, strengthen and heal you in your times of need.

Many Blessings, Tonya




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