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Some guest lecturers while I recalibrate a bit:

“As soon as I got home, I threw on the record I longed to hear…it is beautiful to be enraptured. And it isn’t random. It speaks to you for a reason. If you wanted to, you could look at it that way, and you might find out you aren’t wasting your life. You are discovering things about yourself and the world, even if it is just what it is you find beautiful, right now, this second.”

– from “Eat the Document” by Dana Spiotta

“If all music did was bring the past alive, that would be fine. You can hide away in music and let it recapture memories of things that used to be. But music is greedy, and it wants more of your heart than that. It demands the future, your future. Music wants the rest of your life. So you can’t rest easy. At any moment, a song can come out of nowhere to shake you up, jump start your emotions, ruin your life.”

-from “Turn Around Bright Eyes” by Rob Sheffield

“He bullied the motor through the last couple of turns and cut the engine. A pall of exhaust hung above the yard. He heard the music again. Violins. Strauss, still. He nodded helplessly along as he toweled himself off with his shirt. He’d heard the piece fifty times, a hundred times. Candace dancing naked through their apartment to the rise and fall of it, gleaming with sweat, eyes half closed–but when he reached for the name he felt it slip away. It baffled him that he couldn’t hold on to something he’d known so well, and he stood fixed in his puzzlement as the song swelled to a finish and died, and a dog barked somewhere, and another waltz began.”

– from “Deep Kiss” by Tobias Wolff