Found this on James Gurney's blog
. I do so enjoy Bernstein! And, his thoughts on metaphor translate well to writing.
There are a lot of good reminders tucked within this clip for us writers. For example, Bernstein touches on the transferrance of the artist's thoughts, and the feelings behind those thoughts, to the listener (or reader). The breadth of interpretation that might or can occur is potentially both vast and narrow based on our individual and shared experiences and make-up.
He goes on to talk specifically about metaphor. "Metaphor..." he says "...[carries] meaning beyond the literal. The tangible. Beyond the grossly semantic." Through metaphor, we "... name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." This is it, in a nutshell.
I don't really need to add anything, as the clip says a lot. For me, it gets me ta'thinkin' on several tracks, which I like. For example, I find myself wanting to explore his comment about the "... senses in which [music] cannot be considered a language." Dang.
Anyway, enjoy this little jewel. I certainly do.
More from the Bernstein website, link. New York Times
review of the DVD release, link.