By Cathy Johnson
I’m going to guess that there was some degree of collaboration going on here, just like the whole Tuba Bach event. When perusing the program (which is an investment of time in more ways than one), it’s hard NOT to be impressed by the effect that music has on humans. The theme of this year’s event centers around that idea, as Ed Mallett described it to the audience, both in the program and from the stage.
Inspiration for “The Right Frame of Mind” came from an unexpected source: NFL quarterback Cam Newton. His exact quote (it’s in the program) reads: “Music can bring about different vibes – on the field, off the field, urban lie, going to church, leaving church. Everything the world may bring, there’s a song for it to put you in the right frame of mind.”
This sentiment was echoed numerous times in the content of ads in the program. “Building a better world through MUSIC,” noted George & Alice Wales and Gordon & Janet Mallett. “Medicine heals the body, music heals the soul” was another sentiment. Even Shakespeare was quoted with “The earth has music for those who listen.”
Tuba Bach board member Gunder Myran found this quote from a German opera house: “Bach gave us God’s word, Mozart gave us God’s laughter, Beethoven gave us God’s fire. God gave us music that we might pray without words.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote that “music is the universal language of mankind.” Tuba Bach board President Fred Guenther and wife Diane offer this quote by architect Frank Lloyd Wright: “If you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” said poet Berthold Auerbach. And as philosophical and deep as that thought is, noted music educator Cheryl Lavender reminds us: “The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant that the fact that music can make beautiful children.”
And while the concert “A Nostalgic Frame of Mind” is history, there are five more concerts, with two performances each at which the audience can test the veracity of the quotes in the program. “A Luxuriant Frame of Mind” is next, followed by “A Glorious Frame of Mind,” which features perennial Tuba Bach favorites Rodrick Dixon and Alvin Waddles.
“A Groovy Frame of Mind” open up the October portion of the concerts, “A Resonant Frame of Mind” features the popular Tuba Bach quartet, and the 11th season closes with the amazing and intriguing” A Spellbound Frame of Mind,” featuring the Cirque du Baque Circus Band and the Cirque du Baque Circus Performers.
Let music work its magic on you. Take in one, several or all of the remaining concerts. And let music put you “in the right frame of mind.” The program makes pretty good reading, too.