Musica est mentis medicina moestae

I’ve decided to end this blog. To clarify: I’ll keep the blog online as some people might find some of the posts useful, even interesting. But I don’t expect to write any more posts.

As of this month (April 2018), the blog has lasted for exactly two years. I will remember it fondly as where I explored a newfound love of classical music. I must, for this reason, apologise to future readers for the inconsistency of the content. In terms of writing and musical understanding I was and probably still am a novice. I justify the project, as always, with the Chesterton line: ‘If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.’

The posts that got the most views were invariably about political controversies in classical music, such as:

And, to a lesser extent, the provocative posts, such as:

But the ones I enjoy rereading (and frankly, I find many of the posts boring to reread!) are those that explain my love of music:

Music has often been, for me, a medicine for a sad mind. It has done more than anything else to give me happiness and clarity. I can with absolute certainty say it has changed my life. And indeed I love music as much, if not more, than ever. My decision to stop blogging about it has to do with other things.

Anyway, I thank everyone who has read this blog, particularly the handful of readers who, for some queer reason, came back. And I appreciate most of all those who have left comments — on the blog itself or on other platforms. When blogging there is nothing more gratifying than seeing that someone took the time to comment.

This blog should end where it began, with Charles Ives’ brief little song Slugging A Vampire:


8 thoughts on “Musica est mentis medicina moestae

      1. Haha … the problem has been too much blogging actually. I started off on a rather epic quest to blog through the books of my favourite childhood author at the rate of one post per chapter, one book per month. That has been immensely fun but time-consuming because the man wrote no less than 25 books with another one on the way so it’s an almost daily project.

        The other factor is that I’m now Director of Sales and Marketing for these guys: This takes up a huge amount of headspace but it *does* mean that I get to test a lot of my crazy ideas …


  1. Oh, congratulations! Looking through the brochure — some excellent concerts. And the website is pretty impressive, especially that interactive history section.


  2. I too am sorry to read this but trust that you’ve made a prudent decision– I shall miss your informed observations about things & people musical. Thank you for leaving the posts here for reading– I will explore the archive as I can.

    Did just read your Turnage Coraline review– had meant to when I saw it pop up on the RSS feed reader and then, you know, one thing and another, and, eh, it didn’t get read. Then when Turnage fussed about the critics and was reported– that must have been Slipped D.– to ‘give up writing opera’ because of their ‘nastiness’, I recalled that I should already have known about Coraline but didn’t make the connexion to SAV until today. Yes, operas need arias. I actually enjoy Philippe Boesmans’s Au Monde, e.g., but it is more like a surreal episode of.Black Mirror with sung dialogue and lovely orchestra but no arias, not that I recall anyway.


    1. Thank you Marc. Yes, the whole silly affair (which seemed to be little more than yet another Twitter spat) made think badly of Turnage. Don’t know Au Monde, so have added it Spotify.

      (It took me a good 5 minutes to work out what you meant by ‘SAV’. Oy vey…)


  3. I don’t get over to your blog often enough, Steven! And the proof is that I am just noticing that you brought it to an end. Thanks for running it as long as you did and thanks for coming over to my blog occasionally and leaving some very fine comments.


    1. Thank you, Bryan, that’s very kind. As you well know blogging takes up a lot of time (even more so if, like me, one is blogging about a subject, i.e. classical music, that one has only recently discovered). I stoppped in part to focus on practising (classical) guitar, and to see how far I can progress with it. It was reading your blog that in no small part helped encourage me to take up the instrument (I am, like you, a former rock guitarist).


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