language fails to describe music

Notes and Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus
World Science Festival
Jul 29, 2014

Bobby McFerrin plays the audience as an instrument

1:12:55
but it’s much more complicated and language fails to describe music

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New words to describe emotions

John Koenig: Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions
February 2016 at TEDxBerkeley
http://www.ted.com/talks/john_koenig_beautiful_new_words_to_describe_obscure_emotions

What makes words real?

Once you realize that this world was built by people no smarter than you …

Are these words real? = How many brains will this give me access to?

Expressive power of a language

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressive_power_(computer_science)

related:
Does It Taste As Sweet To Say ‘I Love You’ In Another Language?
February 1, 2014
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/02/01/269014409/does-it-taste-as-sweet-to-say-i-love-you-in-another-language
For intimate expressions — praying, lying, expressing anger, showing affection, even cursing — our native language is usually our strongest, says Boston University professor of psychology Catherine Harris.

Colm Toibin on Elizabeth Bishop

Colm Toibin on Poet Elizabeth Bishop
May 10, 2015
http://www.ttbook.org/book/colm-toibin-poet-elizabeth-bishop-1

The celebrated Irish novelist Colm Toibin talks about his admiration for the poet Elizabeth Bishop and the kinship he feels for her.

01:45 confessional, autobiographical poems

02:46 her poems are canonical

4:34 people are very careful about what they say
people hint at things rather than declare them
language of restraint … everything is understated

07:40 we live in an age where you’re meant to–even with the most casual acquaintance–sit down and tell them all about how you’re feeling this week

08:10 somehow speech is not accurate enough, language is not clear enough

related:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/overcoming-the-language-barrier-as-a-brit-in-america