465 circleWhat is meant by featuring the phrase “First there was the word.”  First there was the word; then there was light.  I interpret this to advance the primacy of the vibration of sound over vision.

Jeremy Naydler in an essay in “The Future of the Ancient World” posits that the ear for many centuries was more treasured than the eye.  What is unique to the ear is that phenomena (sounds, vibrations) must enter one’s system.  The eye projects outward to leave the system, pick up stimuli, and then bring them back.  Thus with sounds, the stimuli come in and join us, mix with us.

Ask yourself:  if you and a loved one had to spend your remaining days in a cell and you had to drop one sense ability would it be your ability to see that you would relinquish or your ability to hear?  Most people willing to imagine and to answer pick vision.  They would keep the sounds.  To experience sound is to merge.


Sound precedes words.  Words come from the gesture of sound.   Gestures act upon us, upon our bodies, senses, heart, feelings.
Words are in the head.

Look at the below image from the play “Celestina”, produced in
San Francisco, based on the first novel by Fernando della Rojas.  You cannot hear the words of the two creatures, but can you feel the plaintive breath of the young lady seeking true love and the gutteral hiss of witch Celestina?  Celestina is getting the young one under her spell to fold her in to a purpose broader and deeper than the idyllic thoughts of romantic love that flit through a young one’s attention.

Read more about words as gesture here.Celestina a


In a film called “Words and Pictures” the two main characters fight over which is the more important:  words or images.  One is an English teacher and the other is a Fine Arts teacher.  They fall in love (after a “cute meet”), and show the way to the truth that love is the only way to settle a dispute.  Sometimes, it has to be tough love.  Now, how would I draw that?