We’ve still got music

By Miranda Wilson

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…


One thought on “We’ve still got music

  1. Hi Miranda, I just found your blog and just want to say thanks for cello-blogging. I started up on the cello after giving it up 35 years ago. I can’t express how much I enjoy playing the cello again. Especially in today’s world – Definitely helps me escape from reality (for a short time, at least) when I focus on getting the Bach suite 1 prelude, just right. And reading your blog makes things that much more enjoyable.

    Keep up the great work.



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