thoughts for the day

by pieces of moments

“I think that the worst crime that one can commit against the very nature of music is to play something mechanically. To paraphrase it in a very oversimplified way: when one plays two notes, they should tell a story.”

“And then you have to ask yourself: does music have a purpose, a social purpose, and what is it? Is it to provide comfort and entertainment, or is it to ask disturbing questions of the performer and of the listener?”

~ Daniel Barenboim ~

{from Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations In Music and Society}