Music isn’t wallpaper – it’s a civilising force
I’m fairly sure that many professional musicians will share my horror on reading the article by Jake Hulyer on “The (quiet) rise of background music” (The long read, Journal, 6 November).
I’ve spent a very large part of my life trying to persuade people to listen carefully to music so that it becomes an integral, civilising feature of their lives. The research into its commercial usage shows it being downgraded to an environmental level that many find pleasant, but others of us regard as intrusive and debilitating.
Lorenzo in Shakespeare’s
The Merchant of Venice said:
“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.”
Is that the world we want to create?
I love Felicity Cloake’s recipe articles usually – but “ready-to-roll icing” (Masterclass: Christmas cake, Feast, 3 November)! Where’s the royal icing? No fondant icing should come near a Christmas cake. Ever.
If this is to be a “sport” (What’s the thrill of the kill?, G2, 5 November), let there at least be a level playing field. For example, for lion hunting let the hunter go out alone using a bolt-action rifle and wearing two large steaks around his neck.
Is there something wrong with me? Blue-light LED screens send me to sleep (Letters, 6 November). A game of solitaire on the iPad or reading on the Kindle guarantees shuteye within five minutes.