on 1 April 2004
All you need is music. No, wait a minute. This apparently minor piece makes a major case: musicality and harmony not only calm the savage beast but are essential to civilisation. Sir Orfeo is a king and a musician. The musicality of his soul is what makes him noble. The Blue Meanie world without music is barbarous and inhuman until transformed by it. Was the film "The Yellow Submarine" true when it posited musicality versus deathliness? With apologies to the children of other decades was it the Beatles who set the cultural soundtrack which stopped the Vietnam War? Where is the musicality in rap, house, techno and George Bush?