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Saturday morning quotes 4.14: Forward into the past

August 16, 2014

Today’s short post points the finger at modern news media’s tendency to mindlessly repeat common knowledge as a some new and sensational discovery.

Musical expression is essential to a balanced human existence. Everyone used to know this fact until the ubiquitous corporate commercialism of the last few generations retrained the public to consider music solely as a consumer item.  We now have the results of research that tells us music has healing powers.

We suggest that the news machine take a slightly different tack and promote the study of history, wherein one may discover that nothing is new under the sun.  Through our series of quotes, we have mentioned several examples of the historical truth that the study of music leads to a more balanced and intelligent person.  We suggest that people who still possess inquiring minds ignore the commercial advert-driven news media and read what scraps of history that remain available.

Infinite is the sweet variety that the theorique of music exerciseth the mind withal, as the contemplation of proportion, of concords and discords, diversity of moods and tones, infiniteness of invention, &c.  But I dare affirm there is no one science in the world that so affecteth the free and generous spirit with a more delightful and inoffensive recreation or better disposeth the mind to what is commendable and virtuous.


– Henry Peacham (c. 1576-1643), The Compleat Gentleman



One Comment
  1. geoffgaherty permalink

    Back in the ’60s, when relevance was the buzz-word, a student asked musicologist Gustav Reese what was the relevance of music. He thought for a moment, and then replied, “I don’t know, but if I don’t listen to music for a few days, I get ill.”

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