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let the music set you free

“Close your eyes and let the music set you free.” — from Phantom of the Opera

Do you remember when Starbucks ran their “The way I see it” project? They asked mostly known individuals to respond with a response to that statement and they printed them on their take out cups. Words of wisdom on a paper cup.

Here’s what the cellist Yo Yo Ma had to say, (his was number 7) “What I look for in musicians is generosity. There is so much to learn from each other and about each other’s culture. Great creativity begins with tolerance.”

Interestingly, another musician, Youssou N’Dour, wrote this numbered 21 for the same project, “People need to see that, far from being an obstacle, the world’s diversity of languages, religions, and traditions is a great treasure, affording us precious opportunities to recognize ourselves in others.”

Last, but not least, I leave you with a third one from “the way I see it project,” Number 267: “Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears — it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more — it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.” — Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and author of The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

Wishing you all a week filled with the tonic of music.

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stephanie o young - February 5, 2018 - 7:12 am

love the photos…especially the last one! there is a whole story in those jeans. And I adore Yo Yo Ma’s quote….a gentle reminder to myself to be more generous! Thank you

Lisa Gordon - February 5, 2018 - 2:35 pm

What a great quote from Yo Yo Ma, and I absolutely love these photographs, Diane!
xo.

sherri - February 5, 2018 - 5:49 pm

an exceptional collection of beautiful instruments

love the contrast of the worn jean knee to the refined, graceful instrument and what i know you have been hearing

DIANE J PATMORE - February 5, 2018 - 9:29 pm

All good advice from wonderful people
Such a relief from politics and football!

Jennifer - February 9, 2018 - 11:07 am

The first couple of quotes are quite timely as tolerance seems to be tested these days.
Music is a great tonic, but I would go a step further and say that sound itself is restorative and healing. I love the way wind stirs the leaves in the trees and makes a hushed noise that sounds like water. That gentle noise always makes me feel relaxed. The repetitive sound of waves rolling ashore is another favourite. I find it hypnotic and absolutely soothing.

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