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Works of art exercise a powerful effect on me. I spend a long time before them trying to aprehend them in my own way, i.e. to explain to myself what their effect is due to. Wherever I cannot do this, as for instance with music, I am almost incapable of obtaining any pleasure.
— Freud, in Introduction to ‘The Moses of Michelangelo’
[Freud’s] turning-away, an act of will in the interest of self-defense. The more energetic and violent, the more emotional effects of music appeared undesirable to him. He became more and more convinced that he had to keep his reason unclouded and his emotions in abeyance. Such an avoidance of the emotional effect of melodies can sometimes be seen in people who feel endangered by the intensity of their feelings.
— Theodor Reik, The Haunting Melody
He also suffered from mental disorders and in his final breakdown these hallucinations escaped his control. They overwhelmed him, descending first into “angelic”, then into “demonic” music and finally into a single “terrible” note: a high A, unbearable and impossible to escape.
— paraphrased from Oliver Sack’s Musicophilia.
i’m rather upset I only now discovered U2 used to be *gasp* actually really good! and check out Bono’s dancing.
There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears.
Lord Byron, in Don Juan (canto XV, st. 5)