I was sent this link from our Provost yesterday, at the recommendation of a history professor, and I thought I'd share it with you. It is a welcome address from the pianist at the Columbus Symphony as to why music matters.
I love how he jabs at the concept that art (specifically music, in this case) is no more than entertainment. Yet he notes that in the Nazi death camps, or after 9/11, or in the midst of other trauma, one of the basic needs of humanity, even as we struggle to survive, is beauty, often in the form of music. This seems to imply, as he notes, that beauty (see ART) is a basic human need.
Isn't life ironic?