We are born in mystery, live in mystery, and die in mystery
Why Bruno Walter's Mozart should exert such a magnetic hold is a mystery. His performance style is politically incorrect, his recordings predate the digital age by decades, and his reputation has never 'benefited' from the wonders of modern marketing. But do we actually need to understand the mystery behind the magnetic power captured on that 1930s archive footage of him conducting the Berlin Philharmonic? Should we not simply accept, as the polymath Huston Smith has told us, that: "We are born in mystery, we live in mystery, and we die in mystery". Early next week there will be an extended post here about the mysterious power of music to uplift and unite. After that On An Overgrown Path will fall silent for a while as I travel again in those regions where the digital has not yet totally supplanted the magical.
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