My dear friend Henning turned my attention to the fact that the introductory quote of my last post goes actually like this:
“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – it’s a really stupid thing to want to do.” Elvis Costello, in an interview by Timothy White entitled “A Man out of Time Beats the Clock.” Musician magazine No. 60 (October 1983), p. 52.
But there is even dispute whether the quote tracks back to Costello or even other sources such like Clara Schumann, David Byrne, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa and others, as the webpage of Alan P. Scott exhaustively shows. It seems that some sayings, like urban myths, take a life of their own after circulating for a while. Nonetheless, there has never been more talking and writing about music than in these times and alone the sheer scope of this discussion proofs that there is something ineffable surrounding the experience of music and sound that keeps us talking about it.
“To say that we do not need to speak about music, one needs to speak, and philosophy itself, as a whole, attempts to explain the following: that it is better not to try to say the unsayable.” Vladimir Jankélévitch in “Music and the Ineffable”