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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Terry Teachout on the Mystery of Music

Sightings : Terry Teachout on the Mystery of Music - WSJ.com: "Forgive me for rolling my eyes, but I've been down this road a few million times, and I still don't know where it leads. Only the tone-deaf doubt the power of music, though some feel it more strongly than others. Kingsley Amis actually went so far as to claim that 'only a world without love strikes me as instantly and decisively more terrible than one without music.' Catch me on the right day and I might well go along with Amis—but why? What is it about music that is capable of swaying human emotions?"

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