chapter  2
Musical Lifeworlds
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Each of us inhabits the unique space and perspective of our human world. It changes shape, quality and meaning according to our current experience of it. This in turn depends on factors such as our age, health and ability, the circumstances we’re in, the past we’ve had, the future we expect, the current needs we have, and the resources we can access. But all of this is certainly not to say that ‘our world’ is only some ‘internal world’. As we discussed in the previous chapter, the ecological view is that we’re always involved in the external world through a constant interchange with the physical, social, cultural and political ecology. But this is necessarily experienced and lived from our uniquely individual perspective. Our world flows out from the core of our personal experience, and it flows back to this core, defining what and how it is for us to be in the world, here and now.