Lemon Music

There’s a passage in Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven where Gardiner talks about Bach’s family, and in a footnote he writes:

Music to them was never a side issue – they clung to it for survival. […] Their modern counterparts are The Blue Notes – in the way they fought apartheid in South Africa with their highly individual and searing style of jazz. I remember coming across what Moholo said and writing it down: ‘When people are oppressed, they sing. You see it all over the world and through history. They may be sad, but they sing. It’s like squeezing a lemon – the juice comes out.’ 

That’s one of the things I love about humans. Take tragedy and sometimes we can make something good out of it, despite everything that stands in our way. It’s what I love about music, too. 

When life gives you lemons, squeeze them and let that juice run free. 

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