Monday, January 23, 2006

Music is a different world for a different life

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."
- Laurie Anderson (This one has also been attributed to Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Elvis Presley, and Steve Martin, maybe more.)

Music is not just a form of entertainment, or even an escape. It's a different life.
To become absorbed in music you are listening to is to live a completely different life for a period of time.

Worries disappear. Problems disappear. Annoying people disappear. Your real life is shrugged off like old skin.

A 2002 survey of teens in Canada discovered that 89 percent of them said their music was the most important thing in their lives. Now you know why. (Their friends took second position.)

Music is not just the life a composer has created for you, but a life that you create for yourself. You can imagine any new life you want, depending on how you react to the music.

With a few rare exceptions, that new life is good. That's why music is an integral part of almost every society on Earth.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show the importance of music in our lives.
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