Certain musicians in the course of their life have awakenings then make music inspired by those ideas. For instance Robert Fripp and J G Bennett, George Harrison and Hare Krishna, Meredith Monk or Tina Turner and Buddhism, Bob Dylan and Christianity, Sanatana and Sri Chimnoy.
Before he died a few years ago, Sri Chimnoy came at least 2 times to Toronto and put on free concerts at the Convention Centre. I bet he spent a lot of money renting the Toronto Convention Centre so a few thousand strangers could listen to flute and harmonium improvisations in exchange for inviting them to consider inner peace. Not a bad deal I thought.
I invited an excellent musician and friend to come with me and he in turn invited another talented musician. Sri Chinmoy spoke about peace, love and then played slow moving pieces, they were simple, childlike and he smiled while he played. The two musicians with me were slowly losing their minds, exploding like Kindergarteners confronted with something they didn’t understand and didn’t know how to behave with, eventually they laughed uncontrollably. I think part of why they lost their cookies was because it made no sense that so many people were showing reverence for this music that sounded simple and didn’t move at a hundred miles an hour.
I thought about the musicians they admired like John Coltrane & Ornette Coleman and if I was betting I would say their heros would have had a different response even interest in what Sri Chinmoy was playing/ doing.