In light of the tragedy in Boston yesterday, I simply want to pass this on.
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein
I was in the process of writing a different blog this week. I was going to finish it, but I decided I couldn’t ignore the situation in Boston. Like a lot of people, I’m still trying to grasp what has happened, and any sort of understanding is really beyond me right now. So, I’m kind of relying on other people’s words at this moment for some sense of clarity. And that is why I turn to Bernstein’s quote.
The answer to violence is not violence. The answer is peace, love, and understanding, and to make music is to spread a universal language of just that.
May our thoughts be with those in Boston and the families and friends of those affected, and may we play just a little more intensely, beautifully, and devotedly.
“Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach