I have been neglecting the blog lately - too much going on, not enough time or, more importantly, energy to write.
Lots to think about, though. . .
See, for instance, Sam's recent comment below in "Why Music?"
In response to Sam, I'd like to recommend a book I've been recently (re)reading:
Allen Shawn: Arnold Schoenberg's Journey (Harvard, 2002)
This is one of the best books about music I've ever read. There's enough musicological depth and score samples to be useful to the musician, but also written with such enthusiastic and erudite prose that any reader, regardless of their musical knowledge, would surely gain insight into Schoenberg's admittedly difficult and (sometimes) forbidding music. As Sam points out in his comment below, reading what others have to say about music can help us sharpen our own thoughts and beliefs about music. Shawn's book is an excellent place for a novice to begin to understand Schoenberg; it is also an inspirational read for those of us who already know and love the music.
I hope to get back on track with the blog, but in the meantime, let's celebrate good writing about music.