All Music is Modern

Could it be? The only way we can listen to or perform music is in the present. We can’t listen in the past. We can’t perform in the past.

I think all music wants to be that way. Music wants to be free to roar in your ears, to bring you to tears or to riotous joy, to inspire you and to make you feel alive. Music wants to escape the past, not live in it.

And yet music is imprisoned to the past when we chain it to genres, eras, styles, and whatever else we can come up with. Sure, Beethoven’s 5th was written two centuries ago. Sure, it was written in a Classical blah blah blah!

We don’t connect to that when we truly listen to Beethoven’s 5th. No, we connect to the passion, beauty, and soul of the music. All these things are the good stuff of life. The 5th symphony and a host of music from all times is brimming with life. It could be made years ago but its immortal beauty can only shine in the present.

Music wants to escape the past, not live in it.

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