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Synchronicity:  Music + Wine

There is an urban legend dedicated to the trippy notion that playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in sync with the movie The Wizard of Oz yields an otherworldly, synchronized experience, affectionately dubbed, “The Dark Side of the Rainbow.”

Devotees of this synchronicity, found all over the Internet with a Google search, swear that the parallels between the music and the occurrences in the movie are uncanny.

Meanwhile, naysayers allege that the synchronicity only occurs if you are stoned to the bejeesus on da kine bud, at which point all coherent arguments and bets are off anyways. 


In regards to this alleged magical movie and music synchronicity, the notion that music and lyrical content matches to the movie probably has as much to do with one’s interpretive skills and desire to believe in such things, as anything else.

In fact, members of the group Pink Floyd, no strangers to drug use, are on record as saying that the coincidences between musical and lyrical content are just that – coincidences.

Now, it should be noted that Pink Floyd SHOULD say it is a “coincidence” because the moment they say it was planned, the mythmaking comes out of the proposition. 

If you are so inclined, start the Pink Floyd album at the sound of the MGM lion’s roar on the movie intro and let the album repeat approximately 2.5 times, as prescribed by most believers.  You can also go to YouTube or Google Video and see a number of the movie segments with the music dubbed in. 

Given that the hardest I dabble in recreational mind alteration is a glass of red wine, legal, as opposed to northern California’s other cash crop, and with this Oz and music mythmaking in mind, I decided to experiment just a bit differently and listen to music and wine combination pairing.

The instigator, besides a school of thought that reappears from time to time indicating that music can impact the taste of wine, is Brigitte Armenier, a classical pianist (also featured in a blog post at MyDailyWine).

Several weeks back, after writing a Biodynamic focused blog post, I received an email from Brigitte asking if I would like to listen to her new CD, Analogos, a piano piece from compositions by Schubert and Brahms, a portion of the proceeds go to support non-profit biodynamic organizations.


The CD comes with a 30-page booklet that principally highlights an interview with Armenier and her philosophical musings on Biodynamics and the linkage between music and agriculture. 

A French transplant to California, her husand, Phillipe Armenier, is also a Biodynamic consultant of merit, working with dozens of wineries and vineyards including Beckman Vineyard and Winery who supplies the fruit to Qupé for their Grenache, the wine I am enjoying as I write this.

Sourced from Purisima mountain vineyard at Beckman, the 2004 Qupé Grenache is technically not a fully biodynamic wine, having earned the official certification in 2006, but it is alive with an electric, crackling vitality, a mile marker on the road of progress towards Biodynamic totality.

In listening to the CD, drinking the wine and reading through the interview, a spirited and heady whole comes together, perhaps not transcendent, but definitely transporting.

In the cd booklet interview, Brigitte notes:

… Today agriculture also calls for a conscious awakening of our social forces.  Through time we have learned how to receive the gifts of nature then learned how to take them.  And now the time has some to learn how to give back and heal the waning forces of the Earth which longs for the warmth of our will.

Say what you will about Biodynamic wine, but the connection that Brigitte talks about and plays in her music, this linkage between music, agriculture and its natural result – wine - makes for a delicious, vital and delightful way to spend a couple of hours and that in and of itself is a gift.

The second music and wine pairing I chose is Mile Davis’ Sketches of Spain with a 2002 Campo Viejo Gran Reserva Rioja.  Primarily Tempranillo, the wine paired very nicely with the forlorn evocative sound of Miles’ trumpet.  The essence of the dusty fruit swept across the sonic and mentally sun dappled landscape. 

If you have yet to be indoctrinated into the Pink Floyd / Wizard of Oz school of thought, may I suggest a more classical pairing?

Go get Brigitte Armenier’s CD, Sketches from Miles Davis, or any music that is long on texture and short on lyrics, pair a bottle of wine that seems like a natural and fitting compliment, turn down the lights, block other distracters, turn up the music and soak yourself in the music and the vino.

It is about as close to a natural high you can get and damn near transcendent.

Thus, we end, just as we began, with an otherworldly, synchronized experience, though this time it is courtesy of wine and music, drugs and the Wizard of Oz not necessary.


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On 05/31, Galen Struwe wrote:

Good Grape.  The only wine blog that matters!

On 06/01, 1WineDude wrote:

I don’t believe it…

You’re so in my head… were we separated at birth or something?!??

On 06/02, mydailywine wrote:

Your getting the religion brother:)
In truth, I was also transported by the combination of Brigitte’s music, the words she wrote in the booklet about music and biodynamics, and drinking some bioD wine at the same time.
A complete mind and body experience.

On 06/02, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) wrote:

“A complete mind and body experience”: ah sister, you are beyond redemption, what about the soul?

On 06/02, Dylan wrote:

Connection is the feeling we’re searching for all the time. It’s that connection which helps us to love our family and friends. It’s that connection which helps us feel we are not alone. When we experience a connection, regardless of what or who it’s with, it’s magical on the basis that you are connected—two seemingly different things are now the same.

On 08/11, promotionsartikel wrote:

Depends on the wine bar. I have been in some where it is light music, to some that play jazz to one that played Alternative. It depends where it is, and what age of a crowd they are catering too.

On 10/30, Dj Hire wrote:

Trance is a genre of electronic dance music that developed in the 1990s. Trance music is generally characterized by a tempo of between 120 and 140 BPM, short melodic synthesizer phrases, and a musical form that builds up and down throughout a track. It is a combination of many forms of music such as industrial, techno, and house.

On 09/12, apush multiple choice questions wrote:

The notion that music and lyrical content matches to the movie probably has as much to do with one’s interpretive skills and desire to believe in such things, as anything else.


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