Reading about music

In order to start blogging again, I’ve decided to write about what I’m currently reading. And this week, I’m reading about music.

Haruki Murakami’s Conversations with Seiji Ozawa 


I can only read a few pages at a time because I like to stop and listen to the music they are discussing (Ozawa is a conductor of classical music).  Sometimes they discuss the same composition conducted by different people and how the piece sounds different.

I don’t play any instruments (despite taking piano lessons and guitar lessons…. I am not musically gifted), but I love listening to music.

And I clearly love reading about music because I realised that I have a lot of books on music, instruments, sound, and silence.

Here are just a few of them:



Skimming through Bernstein’s The Unanswered Question, I came across this passage: “I am a fanatic music lover. I can’t live one day without hearing music, playing it, studying it, or thinking about it.”

I think a lot of us feel this way. Music is an integral part of our lives. Perhaps to such an extent that sometimes we don’t realise the role it plays.  How it accompanies us as we cook, as we drive, as we clean.  How it guides us through meditation, allows us to sing off key.  How one note can bring back so many memories.

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