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Reads tagged with “music”

John Lennon’s Impassioned Letters on the Value of Meditation
John Lennon’s Impassioned Letters on the Value of Meditation

“I suggest you try transcendental meditation through which all things are possible.”

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Mister and Lady Day: The Illustrated Story of Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her
Mister and Lady Day: The Illustrated Story of Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

A tale of loyalty, steak, and unconditional love.

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Oliver Sacks on 9/11 and the Paradoxical Power of Music to Bring Solace by Making Room for Our Pain
Oliver Sacks on 9/11 and the Paradoxical Power of Music to Bring Solace by Making Room for Our Pain

“Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation.”

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Janis Joplin on Music, Emotion, and the Courage to Be Yourself: A 1968 Conversation with Studs Terkel
Janis Joplin on Music, Emotion, and the Courage to Be Yourself: A 1968 Conversation with Studs Terkel

“You gotta be able to act a little, feel a little, think a little.”

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The Silent Music of the Mind: Remembering Oliver Sacks
The Silent Music of the Mind: Remembering Oliver Sacks

“I had no room now for this fear, or for any other fear, because I was filled to the brim with music.”

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Nietzsche on the Power of Music
Nietzsche on the Power of Music

“Without music life would be a mistake.”

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John Cage on Human Nature, Constructive Anarchy, and How Silence Helps Us Amplify Each Other’s Goodness
John Cage on Human Nature, Constructive Anarchy, and How Silence Helps Us Amplify Each Other’s Goodness

“It is essential that we be convinced of the goodness of human nature, and we must act as though people are good.”

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Patti Smith on Prayer, the Love of Books, and How Illness Expands the Field of Creative Awareness
Patti Smith on Prayer, the Love of Books, and How Illness Expands the Field of Creative Awareness

“Lying deep within myself … I seized a most worthy souvenir, a shard of heaven’s kaleidoscope.”

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David Byrne’s Lending Library
David Byrne’s Lending Library

A colorful case of the mosaic of influences that is art.

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Neil Armstrong’s Heartbeat and the Sound of Venus in a Beautiful Cover of Lennon’s “Oh My Love”
Neil Armstrong’s Heartbeat and the Sound of Venus in a Beautiful Cover of Lennon’s “Oh My Love”

A cosmic serenade to the human heart’s capacity for uncontainable emotion.

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