Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture


"But maybe the last part of the symphony was the music she loved the best - glad and like the greatest people in the world running and springing up in a hard, free way. Wonderful music like this was the worst hurt there could be. The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen."

-- Carson McCullers, "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"

(Romare Bearden, "The Blues," 1974. Another of my favorites - super postmodern, socially and politically astute, heavily infused with senses of musicality, vibrance, vitality. Check him out.)

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