the music reviews
Music is the universal language of the soul. All pain and pleasure can be found in it. An excerpt from a letter of Beethoven to Bettina Brentano and quoted by her in a letter to Goethe: "When I open my eyes, I must sigh because what I see is contrary to my religion, and I must despise the world which never understands that music is a greater revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the wine that incites us to new creation, and I am the Bacchus who makes this glorious wine for mankind, and grants them drunkenness of spirit. When they are sober again, they will have fished up much which they may take with them on to dry land. I am not anxious about the fate of my music. Its fate cannot be other than happy. Whoever succeeds in grasping it, shall be absolved from all the misery that bows down other men."
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.