Sunday, April 19, 2009

Some things just can't be quoted

One of my favorite songs is “Everything About it is a Love Song” by Paul Simon, but you will not find any quotes from it on my site. Some things just can’t be quoted. An entire lifetime encapsulated into one short sweet song, a range of emotions melodized into less than four minutes. None of it can be extracted, and it can’t be concentrated into anything smaller — it is perfection of completeness, every drop of juice squeezed and every satisfaction exhausted. You’ve got to experience it in its entirety — listen to all the words, and the music and voice and spirit, and soak in everything all together for the full effect. Brimming with life, in the present moment, appreciative of all, fearless of death.

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.” ~Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

“But quotation is useless when all is so excellent...” ~The Welsh Review, 1892