Creativity and Rosemary Brown
Posted on 24 January 2012, 5:15
In “Synchronicity and the Saucepan Lids” I relate how the spirit of GW knocked a picture down on to my head, and whispered in my ear details of a book passage that I should look up. (I believe he must have been the source of each event.) Such whispering reminded me of the Muses who inspire the creativity of poets and artists. To get a bang on the head from a falling picture does not sound inspiring in itself, but in a way, yes, for I was experiencing a playful interaction with a spirit person, and in his reference to that passage in Tess of the Durbervilles he showed a sense of humour suggesting a series of puns about his knocking down those three stainless steel lids. In the rest of the synchronicity I felt a sense of the numinous, a sense of being lifted up to a higher, more unitive state of consciousness.
In my previous blog on The Second Coming? “Elene” was one of the people commenting. She is Elene Gusch, a gifted musician, who wrote an article, The Music of Rosemary Brown from a pianist’s perspective. 1
“Rosemary Brown (27 July 1916 – 16 November 2001) was a spirit medium who claimed that dead composers dictated new musical works to her. She created a small media sensation in the 1970s by presenting works dictated to her by Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven.”
“In 1969 she was put to a test by the British Broadcasting Corporation, who set her at a piano where she waited for the spirit of Liszt to appear to her. In due course she produced a piece, supposedly dictated by Liszt. Brown (below) claimed the piece was too hard for her to play so another pianist was engaged to play it. The piece was subsequently studied by a Liszt expert, who said it had definite similarities to Liszt’s work .” 2
At the end of this blog, there is a link to a YouTube video where another BBC test is recorded where Rosemary Brown is taking down a piece dictated by Beethoven. We can see excerpts from the process which took an hour. A new piece is written on ruled music paper, nothing needing correcting, and needing to be performed by a more accomplished pianist. 3
Along with many examples of piano music coming through Rosemary Brown, I have the test composition dictated by Liszt, (below) Grübelei, about 60 bars long. It is fiendishly hard to play, in six sharps, 5/4 time in the right hand, and 3/2 in the left. But, if you follow a link I shall give later, you can see if you agree whether or not it is a little masterpiece. If you like classical music, I think I can guarantee an inspiring experience, listening to this and seventeen other spirit compositions. 4
I would also like to mention medical practitioner Tony Cicoria, not previously musical, who was struck by lightning while in a telephone box. After he had recovered he found himself gripped by an urge to learn to play the piano, and eventually to compose. His “Lightning Sonata” is famous, and he has developed his piano skills to the point that he can appear on the concert platform.
In his case, we are not aware of a specific spirit person acting as his Muse. 5
We can but speculate.
Cicoria (below) has his opinions “It [the creativity, the inspiration] comes from some place, and it is a gift. It comes from some place, and it is sacred.” “This [life] is our proving ground” “We have to evolve to the point where we are accepted back” “We are all energy, energy beings”. 6
“It comes from some place, and it is sacred.” I feel this also about synchronicity, that I am in touch with some creative source of things, of events. I feel this about our conversations with Stephen, and the associated synchronicity, that it comes from some sacred place bringing reality as we know it into being. [Remember the physicist David Bohm, from the previous blog?]
In life there is the yin and the yang, the positive and the negative, and somehow they seem to belong together in the Plan. I have often been in touch with a scientist in the North Island, who experiences much synchronicity with regard to accidents and disasters. His surname is COCKSEY and mine is COCKS. One day after we had a telephone conversation, he went out the door to see a car outside with the number plate COCKS.
There is of course only one such number plate in New Zealand. On another occasion I had such a conversation with him, only to go out into the street to find a car with the number plate COCKSE. Certainly the Y was missing, but near enough!
COCKS/COCKSE yin and yang. One can imagine all sorts of things, but one thing is certain and that is that what we call “God” is in all, through all, and above all. And all things, all creativity, all inspiration lie in that “sacred place” which we cannot define.
1 The Music of Rosemary Brown from a pianist’s perspective by Elene Gusch http://elenedom.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/the-music-of-rosemary-brown-from-a-pianists-perspective/
3 Rosemary Brown talks about her experiences: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=KpxV-zu7LnY
4 Eighteen recordings of Rosemary Brown’s compositions: http://www.box.com/shared/bvs5lyeure
Michael’s revised edition , Afterlife Teaching From Stephen the Martyr is published by White Crow books and available from Amazon and all good online book stores.
Next blog, February 4