Quote of the Day: Listening and Imagination

Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph, ...

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Listening is an adventure of the imagination in a world of sounds and to anyone who has not been involved with such first-hand participation, to approach music first by way of recorded performances can present difficulties. A recording has about the same amount of value as a photograph of a painting: it is a useful tool for further study if we have already had the direct experience, but without previous and substantial encounter with the reality of music in performance – either as listeners or as singers/instrumentalists – a recording conveys only a small part of the whole… A disco, for all its atmosphere, does not attract the same kind of enthusiastic support given to live performances, for example at open-air rock concerts and pop festivals. No matter how good a recording is technically, as an experience of music it is limited.

–John Paynter

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