I should remind myself not to look at social media right after an appalling tragedy, because reading the same meaningless platitudes (“thoughts and prayers”) again and again makes me feel so hopeless and powerless and enraged. But for me, a day without social media is like a day without oxygen, so of course I looked. @carnegiehall had this to say:
And I thought, OK, we can do that. It’s what we’re trained to do.
My next thought: who’s listening? Most people don’t like or listen to classical music, so who is this really for?
I scrolled further, and there was @stevenisserlis with this quote from “On Music” by Thomas Moore:
Which says it all, really. What we do, classical music, might not speak to everyone, but in times of distress, we who make it have the privilege of being able to take comfort in it. Music is our life’s work, the soundtrack and very fabric of our lives. It’s there when words fail. I can’t find solace in “thoughts and prayers” because I do not and cannot believe. But we have music, we’ve still got music.
And once more I turn to Bach’s cello suites…