The Music not in Music

Music isn’t just found in music.

Music can be found in painting, in writing, in dance, in speech.

Today we celebrate one of those musicians whose chosen medium was words, whose sermons and speeches stand as monuments not only of rhetoric but of music: his reoccuring motifs (“I have a dream…”), sequential repetition, and accelerations and pauses let the audience soak in every word.

Musicians can study him like they study Bach.

This not only goes for MLK but for all the other musicians whose music was on a canvas, whose music was on the stage, whose music was on the page.

The music not in music can instruct us as much as music itself if we are receptive to it.

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