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what music inspires LACO executive director andrea laguni?

October 26, 2009

Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
~Ludwig van Beethoven

In our newest category addition to the LACO blog, Music Inspires, respondents answer the question, “What music inspires you?”. In the inaugural post to this section, LACO executive director Andrea Laguni reveals his musical inspirations.

I don’t want to choose among the many concert music composers I love, so I will go outside of this domain and say that the musical work that inspires me most is Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.”

I was 9 when I the movie for the first time. The movie was dubbed in Italian, including all the songs, and I still love those songs in any language. At the time, I thought that it would be so cool if everybody were able to express their feelings by singing. I realized shortly thereafter that opera had been using the very same narrative device since the late 1500s when it was “developed.” Expressing feelings via melodies and harmonies beyond words seems a much more effective way to tell a story (at least, it was in the mind of this 9 year old boy).

Falling in love with those tunes was the starting point of my interest in music. I am that sure back then, I did not have a clear idea how, but I knew I would be happier if music were part of my life.

I don’t listen to music for inspiration and creativity – with a secondary goal in mind. Actually I cannot listen to music if I am trying to do something else. I listen to music to listen to music; if something happens in my synapses while I am listening to music and the following day I come up with a brilliant idea at work, I don’t know if the two events are related; some research in neurological sciences seems to indicate that there might be a connection.

Thanks, Andrea! Keep checking the blog for more posts about how music inspires. What music inspires you? Comment below!

1 comment

I'm always a bit wary of answering these sorts of questions, since -- aside from my crazed love of classical and opera that come from having been raised in an Italian family -- most of the other music that I love doesn't have any particular "hip" cachet. It's not "world beat" (although I do adore many non-American performers), it's not always "socially relevant," and it's not listened to by anyone that would pass any sort of political "cool" test. I don't however consider it light fare or bubblegum, but quite deep and very virtuosic.

I just like to listen to what I like to listen to. :-)

  • —Janis, October 27, 2009 01:24 pm

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