[Dixielandjazz] Playing in Churches and Savage Beasts
tubaman at batnet.com
Sun Jan 9 19:42:09 PST 2005
Not to be pedantic, Tom
but it was William Congreve (1670-1729) who wrote, "Music has charms to
sooth the savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." in
the play "The Mourning Bride"
and that quote has been so thoroughly misquoted (and often
miss-attributed) ever since!
here is the full use: (from
> 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?
(and did you know there was a band called "The Savage Breasts" - they
did Ramones covers...)
On Jan 9, 2005, at 7:19 PM, TCASHWIGG at aol.com wrote:
> Musical content "I Believe In Music" which soothes the Savage Beast,
> the Broken Hearts, Inspires us to do Great things and often commit
> random acts
> of Kindness, but also allows us to make a joyful noise and make people
> Dance in
> the Streets.
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