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Saturday morning quotes #38: I hate music

February 11, 2012

“Of the arts necessary to life which furnish a concrete result there is carpentry, which produces the chair; architecture, the house; shipbuilding the ship; tailoring, the garment; forging, the blade.  Of useless arts there is harp playing, dancing, flute playing, of which, when the operation ceases, the result disappears with it.”

– St. Basil of Caesarea (c. 329 – 379)

Perhaps this was the original motivation for inventing the means to record and preserve music, separating musicians into two categories, the recording artist and the wastrel.

Moving ahead to the 20th century

“I hate music, especially when it’s played.”
Jimmy Durante (1893 – 1980)

and

“I don’t listen to music. I hate music.”
Johnny Rotten (1956 – sooner than you think)

Even Leonard Bernstein wrote a song called ‘I Hate Music.’

Maybe things will improve next week.


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