And therefore, I said, Glaucon, musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful: and also because he who has received this true education of the inner being will most shrewdly perceive omissions or faults in art and nature, and with a true taste, while he praises and rejoices over and receives into his soul the good, and becomes noble and good, he will justify blame and hate the bad, now in the days of his youth, even before he will recognize and salute the friend with whom his education has made him long familiar.
Yes, he said, I quite agree with you in thinking that it is for such reasons that they should be trained in music…
-from Book III of The Republic by Plato
I’m going to see their Christmas show at the Paramount in December!
Reuters: Putin dissolves state news agency, tightens grip on Russia media (12/9/2013)
Sergei Ivanov, the head of the presidential administration, told reporters that the changes were intended to save money and improve the state media.
But the new organization has strong similarities to APN, a Soviet-era news agency whose role included writing articles about “the social-economic and cultural life of the Soviet people and items reflecting Soviet society’s point of view on important internal and international events”.
The Independent: Exercise most effective lifestyle choice for preventing dementia, researchers say (12/9/2013)
The 35-year investigation, carried out by researchers at Cardiff University, found that consistently following just four out of five key behaviours could reduce dementia risk by 60 per cent, while also cutting the chance of heart disease and stroke by 70 per cent.
Of the five behaviours – exercise, not smoking, having a low bodyweight, a healthy diet and low alcohol intake – exercise was found to be the most effective at improving long-term physical and mental health.
Submitted, for your enjoyment, the London Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Valery Gergiev) playing Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet.
I first heard Blackmill through my Pandora Chill Out channel. It’s great if you’re working and need something simple and melancholic in the background. Robert Card is the artist behind the music, and according to Facebook is unsigned.
Let It Be