(Another in the continuing series of quotes to start the week.)
Today is U.S. composer Aaron Copland’s birthday (14 November 1900 – 2 December 1990). One of his most famous compositions was the “Fanfare for the Common Man,” which I first encountered when Emerson, Lake and Palmer recorded a version of it. It’s still one of my favorite pieces of music.
I found this Copland quote, and I like it very much:
So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it.
Do you agree? I might delete the phrase “on this planet,” but otherwise I think he was right.
Do you find that “music in some living form” accompanies you during your days? Hardly a day goes by that I do not find a song in my head — and yes, sometimes one stays a bit too long.
Often, when all else is quiet, I compose and hum little snippets of music as I go about other chores, whether washing dishes or raking leaves or whatever. Sometimes I’ll stop and repeat those musical phrases a few times and think, “I should record that,” but I rarely do. I’ve come to appreciate those little interludes, and I think maybe God smiles at me during those moments when only He hears the little tunes.
(Image: “Music, guitar,” by Doug Wheller, on Flickr under Creative Commons.)
Thanks for spending a little time with me, and whatever you do this week, I hope some music will accompany you!by