The Cosmic Radio Station
I believe that the Fifth Symphony existed before Beethoven composed it. Maybe not note for note, but in some form that we would recognize if we could hear it.
The work existed on another plane of reality—the plane of potentiality.
Composers (who knows how many?) sat at their pianos and searched the aether for these divine measures. But only one found the frequency. Only Beethoven tuned in to the Cosmic Radio Station.
Beethoven brought the Fifth Symphony from the Plane of Potentiality to the Material Plane. His genius brought it into form, so you and I could hear it.
That’s the artist’s work.
P.S. This illustration is from an upcoming book, “THE DAILY PRESSFIELD.” More info to come as the date approaches (probably next year sometime.)
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P.P.P.S. In my demented mind, the Cosmic Radio Station is not some fanciful notion. I believe that some broadcast-like, frequency-based modality operates in much the same way as WLS in Chicago used to, when you could pick up its 50,000-watt channel on the AM radio in your Cadillac as you cruised across West Texas at three in the morning. We–the human race, that is–just haven’t developed the technology yet to tap into this Mystic Vibration. How fortunate for us that we all, and not just Beethoven, have that receiver built from birth into our own heads (or hearts.)