Monday, November 2, 2015


by Kate Collins

“Only sick music makes money today.”

Sound like a familiar rant?  But I’ll bet you can’t guess who said that.  And I’ll bet that whomever you thought of, it wasn’t Friedrich Nietzsche.

Nietzsche lived in the late 1800s, so you have to wonder to what type of music he was referring. It surely wasn’t rap. Or rock and roll, which many believed would be the downfall of society.

I was inspired to write about how music affects us today,  and in planning my opening, I intended to start with William Congreve’s famous, “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” 

Then I found this one: “Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Then I found Nietzsche’s and knew it was THE ONE.

But then I found so many great quotes, many of which made me laugh, that I’ve changed my focus, because not only does music affect us, but so does laughter. So here’s your feel-good read for the day.

On Brass Band music:

Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.
~Sir Thomas Beecham

Ah, that Opera:

I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.
~Sir Edward Appleton (1892 - 1965)

No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
~W. H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.
~Ed Gardner

Classical Music fan?

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
~Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
~Woody Allen (1935 - )

Let’s Rock n’ Roll, Baby

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
~Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977)

Beatles Rock!

I think everyone should have a Beatles phase in their life. I think it's part of growing up in the Western world.
~Jadelr and Cristina Cordova, Chasing Windmills, 07-24-06

On a Serious Note:

When griping grief the heart doth wound,
and doleful dumps the mind opresses,
then music, with her silver sound,
with speedy help doth lend redress.
~William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Music has always affected me deeply. Some music I have to dial away from immediately, like harpsichord music, and I can’t tell  you why, just that it grates on my nerves.

When I feel down, playing peppy songs like the Andy Grammar hit, “Honey, I’m Good,” or “On Top of the World,” by Imagine Dragons, really picks me up and gets me moving to the beat.

When I was struck down by viral meningitis, I listened to Zen music for hours– and again, I can’t tell you why, only that it calmed the pain in my body.

In the depths of my darkest grieving, I found comfort in songs such as “Carry On,” by the group Fun, the hymn Amazing Grace, and many more hymns.

How do you use music? To pick you up or calm you down? What type of music do you turn to first?

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