Music for meaningful living.
Music can offer answers to the things that matter to us most: love, death and the life beyond. That is why it is such a vital source of knowledge. Music’s incredible transformative power slips softly into our interior world, and when this encounter truly speaks to us, it has the potential to change us deeply, to make us better people.
Written in a profound, personal register, this essay places music –in all its greatness– in dialogue with our broader cultural world, and shows us how contact with beauty can offer the solution to so many of the problems affecting our world. An ode to the vital importance music has in our lives.
"Great music has the power to ignite passion, to take our breath away; it makes us fall in love, fills our lives with joy and meaning. It is the very antithesis of the boring and the elitist. In any given Beethoven or Brahms symphony you’ll find a host of reasons to get up in the morning and go out into the world with renewed optimism. Music is a space for us to immerse ourselves in mystery, to fall silent in the face of it, not from anger or impotence, but from a quiet gratitude. A nourishing, fertile inner calm".
A new, musical perspective on the meaning of life.