Sunday, January 18, 2015

Socrates was Probably Right After All

If alphabets have actually dulled the wits of human beings anywhere near as much as printed music has mangle-ironed the ears of musicians, one would have to concede that Socrates had a point.

How do I know this to be the case?  Because I fall into the trap, again and again.  I open a book of works I have never heard.  Upon first reading my reaction, again and again, is "Oh, I know how this goes: Piece of cake!"  In fact, I usually have not the foggiest idea how it goes.  Searching out that hidden gold nugget requires an effort I am usually too impatient to make.

So if I have the problem, what about you?

Going to the trouble of digging has revealed great treasures, some of which count among my most beloved music.