Music Motivates

I have previously waxed nostalgic in this blog space about the amazing impact music has on our lives–whether we realize it or not–and I had another defining moment involving music that I wanted to share. Earlier this week, I was up early–like 3 a.m. early–writing, as has become my habit since moving into full-time photojournalism a year ago. I write better in the early morning when everyone else is asleep, so I was getting some serious work done. But after …


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3 comments on “Music Motivates

  1. Carol Kirkland on said:

    I enjoy your column but wanted to point out the correct quotation. It is more often than not quoted incorrectly, so you are not alone–except in your morning jaunts. Carol Kirkland, Admin. Ass’t., Helena MT parks dept.

    The phrase was coined by William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697:

    Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
    To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
    I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d,
    And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
    By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.
    What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
    Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
    ‘Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs.
    Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night
    The silent Tomb receiv’d the good Old King;
    He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg’d
    Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom.
    Why am not I at Peace?

  2. D Reed on said:

    Love this, it made me smile as I thought about how many times I too have had a song pop into my mind just as I needed that adrenaline boost.
    I think one of the funniest things I remember with a song happened at a Mary Chapin Carpenter concert. There were some issues with the concert starting on time, and a rather large crowd began to get very impatient.
    Suddenly the song “Kung Foo Fighting” began very loudly over the speakers and the crowd burst in to song together, making the mood change very quickly to one of excitement and humor. Mary Chapin appeared after the song to begin her concert, and said simply “works every time to calm the savage beast!”

    • Randy on said:

      Hey Carol, thanks for the clarification and it truly points out that music (or “musick”) has driven people through the ages. It is not just a rock n’ roll thing. I appreciate your comment…

      D. Reed: great story! Perfectly demonstrates music’s hold on us…thanks!

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