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Monday, January 11, 2010

Rock Out (or Mellow Out)

Way back in 1697, William Congreve wrote: "Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak..." Note that he didn't write "beast," a common misquote, but "breast," seat of the heart.

A savage, wild heart--perhaps a not-uncommon result of living in the modern world.

And music, Congreve says, can soothe that savagery, and bring us peace.

How can we make this work for us? Call it "intensive listening."

Or maybe we could say, "When you listen, just listen."

Clear your schedule. Get some headphones. Sit in a quiet place, where you won't be disturbed.

And let the music take you away.

Whether it's heavy metal or Mantovani, Megadeath or Mozart, immerse yourself in a sound environment. Close your eyes. Open your heart. Allow the music to infuse you.

And see if it doesn't soothe that wild heart of yours.

You'll be happier.

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