Why Music Matters

From Hooks & Harmony:

The English composer Frederick Delius said, “Music is an outburst of the soul.” We forget that for some, it’s not as easy as it was for Mozart. Each piece is a work of art, and the composer may labor for days, weeks or months to leave his or her exact thumbprint on it, telling us, “This is me. This is who I am and how I’m feeling.” It’s an extremely personal task, writing music. So many nuances can affect it: tempo, chords, dynamics, melody and harmony, instrumentation and structure. Change one aspect, and you get a different song, or a different feeling.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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