Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence
In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair. But hope is unreasonable and love is greater even than this. May we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.
Music never goes away. It is always available, but we are not always available to music.
Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.
Beginner's luck is great for beginners.
Even within the band, if I cannot manage to persuade the members of what I see to be the next course of action, how do you expect the group to deal with the expectations of thousands of people. It is not possible.
So, you can set up an orchestra down this end of the railway station playing one particular area, and simultaneously at the other end something completely different going on. And in the middle they meet, or not, depending.
If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?
According to USA today, the average length of an attention span of a man in America is 23 minutes.
Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
However, in modern conceptual frameworks there is a more sophisticated view. I would say that the act of music exists in several worlds simultaneously.
If an apprentice does not hear what a master hears, is then that quality not present in the music? Yes and no. In the world in which the apprentice lives no.
Music can be transformative, utterly transformative. The act of music is utterly transformative.
I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.