March 07, 2005
Soothing the Savage Breast
The original expression from William Congreve:
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,I'm on Finn-related mailing lists, and the following is something I'd written in thanks to people for help in tracking down a copy of one of Neil's shows, and also to try to explain why I love this music so much.
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
I still miss my friend; it's only been a month, almost, since he passed away. I really love that the music of the Finns means more to me than just music. I've found, especially in the last few weeks, that their music has really been a sort of balm for me. Also, seeing them live recently has been an important experience - again for the music, but also for the sense of being taken out of my normal everyday life for a while and being amongst people who really get this music. We bond here through the lists and through the message boards, but it's also really nice to be in the same room, communing with other Finn fans, enjoying the experience of the music together. And when I do have a rough moment, missing my friend, the music also helps me to think of all the wonderful memories about him, which softens the blow of realizing that he's gone.
Again, I want to thank the people who've written to me, a total stranger, to let me know that they were sorry to learn about my friend and sent me good wishes. It means a lot, and I really appreciate people being so kind and taking a moment to reach out. It all helps - thank you.
I guess I could say this music has been soothing to my soul or spirit, although I am not particularly religious, nor do I mean to offend anyone who is. I'm just trying to describe what the music does for me personally, and how I love it on so many different levels. And I'm so grateful for that, and that I can talk about it here, because we're a community brought together by such wonderful music.
And I'd be really mortified right now to try and express any of this to the Finns, so thanks for hearing me out! :-)