Music and Reading

Hello my fellow book dragons!

Over the last few days I have been pondering something that happens to me and I was wondering if it happens to any of my fellow readers.

As a musician music is a massive part of my life and so is reading and often the two go together as I do like to listen to music and read at the same time. However, when I reread a book I notice I associate certain parts of the book with certain songs. This happens the most when reading Harry Potter. When I first discovered the Harry Potter series I was visiting my sister in Scotland and read the books on the car journey to and from her house. At this time I also had a massive Linkin Park addiction and so now whenever I read one of the first four Harry Potter books I think of certain Linkin Park songs.

Now this evening whilst teaching one of my flute students I also had the same experience. My student is currently learning a piece I performed at university and had to write a massive essay on comparing 4 different performances of the same piece. This meant for weeks I was constantly listening to this piece, I was also commuting back and forth to university on the train and when I wasn’t writing essays on the train I was reading¬†Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.¬†Now when I hear this piece I think of the book and it brings back very nostalgic memories of one of my favourite books.

This happens a lot with me whilst reading and I was wondering if anybody else experienced it or similar situations? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please drop me a comment.

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p.s My cat Lyra wanted to feature in the photo as well but wouldn’t keep still.

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Mid Week Quote: Frederick Delius

Hello Everyone!

I can’t quite believe it is the last day of July, it really has flown by.

I have chosen a musical based quote for this week, which I think is perfect. The quote is by English composer Frederick Delius.

 

“It is only that which cannot be expressed otherwise that is worth expressing in music.”

 

Frederick Delius

 

Happy Reading!

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Mid Week Quote: George Eliot

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

My chosen quote this week is by George Eliot.

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

George Eliot

George Eliot, whose real name was Mary Ann Evans was born in 1819. She was an English author, poet, journalist and translator and one of the most popular authors in the Victorian era. She passed away in 1880.

Happy reading.

Mid Week Quote: William Congreve

I hope everyone is having a good week so far!

I thought it was time for a musical quote this week.

This weeks quote is by William Congreve who was an English playwright and poet of the Restoration period. He was also a minor figure in the British Whig Party.

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“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”

 

William Congreve (1670-1729)

 

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Mid Week Quote

This weeks quote is inspired by all the music teaching I have been doing.

 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

 

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

 

I studied Philosophy for one of my A Levels and I must admit that I did not agree with a lot of Nietzsche’s theories but this quote I completely agree with.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a german philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, and much more. His work had a profound influence on Western thinking.

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