Words & Music
Opening my Christmas post, I was pleased to find a CD from Howard Goodall. I can’t work without music, and have long enjoyed Mr Goodall’s compositional work. In addition, his Channel 4 television shows anatomising the structure of music were wonderfully clear and intelligent (this was before the channel abandoned its ideals and ran Big Brother).
The way he discusses music is analogous to the way in which a writer operates when developing a plot, and he often touches on an important question; is creativity instinctive or learned? For example, did the Beatles know they were reviving long-abandoned musical principles? if you love music and missed the original show you’ll want to watch the rest.