The realness of music – a welcome refuge
In an age where facts and evidence may be viewed as no different from opinion, and science itself is suspect, I find myself holding on dearly to one thing that is unquestionably real, objective, and absent partisan perspective: music. In particular, people, of all makes and models, joining together to play music.
In fact, I think I might be just starting to understand how this aspect of culture can facilitate resistance; music can help join people together in a sense of common purpose and aspiration, if accomplishing nothing more than recognizing and reinforcing observable aspects of reality. A tune is a tune…
I believe you can go almost anywhere in the world and find an ITM session. It follows that we have at least one semi-common language that isn’t likely to generate an argument (well, usually…), and that is something we should all be grateful for. The Irish resisted the British for hundreds of years. Maybe the enduring quality of their music shows that something lasting, real and beautiful can emerge from a joint effort to resist.