While out of the country this week, I have started reading Neil Peart’s “Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life & Times“.
Rush’s genius drummer offers up some very interesting musical recommendations from Sinatra to Linkin Park and I’ve decided to collect some CDs based on his recommendations. Then, like my former year-long exploration into 60’s British Invasion music (that was fantastic!), I’m looking forward to broadening my musical horizons further this year.
A quote from Ralph Ellison used by Peart on the power of music as a part of life really struck a chord with me:
“Perhaps in the swift change of American society in which the meanings of one’s origins are so quickly lost, one of the chief values of living with music lies in its power to give us an orientation in time. In doing so, it gives significance to all those indefinable aspects of experience which nevertheless help to make us what we are. In the swift whirl of time, music is a constant, reminding us of what we were and of that toward which we aspire. Art thou troubled? Music will not only calm, it will ennoble thee.”
I’ll be blogging about the musical journey this year and hope to get some dialog going here.