I love reading about music. One of the best things in my musical life over the last ten years or so is the ease with which I can read about music pretty much any time I like.
Of course, listening to music is great, too. But the nice thing about reading about music is the fact that you have to use your imagination. When someone with a vivid command of the English language puts sound into words, it sparks all kinds of personal associations and ideas that can lead to new work. The resulting piece can have a kinship with the original, but often in a way that nobody but the composer could identify.
Whereas, hearing. When I hear a piece, I can be similarly inspired to compose a response — but sound responding to sound often ends up sounding derivative.
So here is a big thank-you to all of those wonderful people who write about music. It’s a skill I’ve never been able to master, and one that I value more and more.