Silence Is the Loudest Noise

Maybe it's apocryphal, but Thelonious Monk is said to have said that "silence is the loudest noise in the world." That's a koan, so it's impossible to agree or disagree. However, I can tell you that my most powerful memory from seeing the Grateful Dead, way back in the early 80s, was when, during one of their legendary extended jams, all the instruments, drums included, "landed" on a rest at the same time. For a brief moment there was only silence. And I felt like I fell through a hole in the space-time continuum.


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