"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure. It also modulates serotonin levels and norepinephrine, a stimulant. And in the right combinations, these can give rise to feelings of ecstasy and intense pleasure — almost a sense of being at one with the world."
— Daniel Levitin via Who Needs Drugs When You’ve Got Music? (via nprmusic)
"I have come to understand that music is not part of “arts and entertainment” as the newspaper section would have us believe. It’s not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can’t with our minds."
Karl Paulnack (Dean of the Boston Conservatory in his welcome address to this year’s new crop of students)
Buzzfeed has put together a list of 81 terrible music puns, divided up into three video clips. You all know “If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fifth it” but I needed to look up”ritard“ and “adagio.”
"[A conductor’s] happiness does not come from only his own story and his joy of the music. The joy is about enabling other people’s stories to be heard at the same time."
— Italy Talgam
"Composers should write tunes that chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle."
— Sir Thomas Beecham