“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

Renowned author Aldous Huxley continues upon a common theme that we have seen in these weekly quotes, that of “expressing the inexpressible.” While it has been phrased differently, many of the quotes I have shared with you have drawn upon this theme. Huxley, however, brings up an interesting new concept in this one: silence. Those who are proficient in the ways of music will tell you that the silences and spaces in the music are just as important as the notes. Composer John Cage drew upon this concept so much that he even released a track consisting of over four minutes of complete silence, aside from random noises of the audience shuffling in their seats. While Cage’s idea is a bit of an extreme example, the idea that silence plays an important role in music and expression is not a new one. Huxley takes the concept one step further, comparing silence to music as the next best method of “expressing the inexpressible.”

Have a wonderful week filled with life, love and music!

Aldous Huxley smoking, circa 1946

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