June 1, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut on Music

About a year before he died, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article for a newspaper in Scotland. There was some great quotes about music in it:

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:


(Music) ... makes practically everybody fonder of life than he or she would be without it. Even military bands, although I am a pacifist, always cheer me up. And I really like Strauss and Mozart and all that, but the priceless gift that African Americans gave the whole world when they were still in slavery was a gift so great that it is now almost the only reason many foreigners still like us at least a little bit. That specific remedy for the worldwide epidemic of depression is a gift called the blues. All pop music today ­ jazz, swing, be-bop, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Stones, rock-and-roll, hip-hop, and on and on ­ is derived from the blues.

No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.


Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

that's exactly right, Layla...Vonnegut was a terrific wit, but on this his commentary is profound...music really is our saving grace as a species...without, I don't think we'd last two hours around each other

bob_vinyl said...

I love Vonnegut. I recently posted about something he said about art and music too. To save everyone from having to click though, here's the quote:

I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, "The Beatles."

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