Eros (whose name means “Love” or “Desire”) is the son of Aphrodite and Ares. Psyche’s Greek name is rarely translated into the Latin Animus (meaning “Soul” or “Breath of Life”). It is a story with a happy ending. After considerable trials and tribulations, Psyche becomes immortal and lives forever in joy, a hard won joy. They have a child named Voluptas (meaning “Pleasure” or “Delight”), symbolizing that joy.
Psyche is an image of the soul and Eros is an image of the creative force (who Pan calls “the greatest of gods”). The myth shows how important the psychic relation is between the creative force and the soul. I love how her encounter with Pan (the god of spontaneity, the wilds, impromptu music, and a wise yet mischievous companion of nymphs) turns Psyche from her despair, keeps her from destroying herself, and enables her to lay aside her sadness at the outset of her trials. A story originally from Metamorphoses.
Note: The Romans use “Ulysses” when referring to the Greek Odysseus. Also note: Odysseus’ famed ship, the Argos, often associated with the legend of Jason and the Argonauts, was named after Odysseus’ dog, Argos.
To learn more about the story, about Psyche’s trials and Eros’ clever interventions, about their hardships and deep love, please see two excellent websites:
“Instead of Heaven” is a song cycle of piano solos in the style of modal New Age, post-bop and contemporary classical music.
“There are special moments in each composition that are uniquely breathtaking. Inventive chord progressions add to the musical language of both modal post-bop jazz and neo-classical piano. Mueller’s music is often virtuosic yet avoids showiness. Everything feels organic and true. He requires the listener to pay attention yet also frees them to go on imaginative tangents. Storytelling on a deeply poignant level infuses every piece, expressing a singular personal honesty while revealing universal emotions. A rarity.” – George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
Produced by Kenny Cash, Factory Underground Studios.
For more info, free downloads and complete liner notes, see: www.tobinmueller.com/heaven