Mennonites Don’t Like Symphony Music

Unpleasant notes to a Mennonite ear


Q:  Why don’t Mennonites go to the symphony?

A:  Because there’s too much sax and violins...


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Music is the poetry of the air. - Jean Paul Richter

Music is the shorthand of emotion. - Leo Tolstoy

Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Music is what our soul sounds like when it sings. - Xila Toro

Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

The only love affair I have ever had was with music. - Maurice Ravel

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. - Samuel Johnson

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Berthold Auerbach

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't. - Johnny Depp

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. - Leonard Bernstein

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. - Bob Marley

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. - George Eliot

If in the afterlife there is not music, we will have to import it. - Domenico Cieri Estrada

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. - Max Lucado

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. - Igor Stravinsky

If you want to lead the orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd. - Max Lucado

When you are about 35 years old, something terrible always happens to music. - Steve Race

Each soul is tuned to a different pitch. Music is about harmonizing the soul. - Wu-Tang Clan

If the music is loud enough I won't be able to listen to my own thoughts. - Nic Sheff

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. - Walter Lippmann

If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. - Thomas Carlyle

Music is everybody's business. It's only the publishers who think people own it. - John Lennon

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. - John Lennon

Just as Jesus created wine from water, we humans are capable of transmuting emotion into music. - Carlos Santana

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. - E Y Harburg

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice. - Andres Segovia

A hundred years from now, people will listen to the music of the Beatles the same way we listen to Mozart. - Paul McCartney

In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an idealism and perfectionism that I could never attain as me. - Billy Corgan

If Music is a Place - then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple. - Vera Nazarian

There is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. - Edward Elgar

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that. - John Lennon

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. - Frank Zappa

The basis of our partnership strategy and our partnership approach: We build the social technology. They provide the music. - Mark Zuckerberg

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common. - Sarah Dessen

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. - Charles Darwin

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation. - Tom Stoppard

Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words. - Franz Liszt

Music is amoral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

The music that really turns me on is either running toward God or away from God. Both recognize the pivot, that God is at the center of the jaunt. - Bono


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25-Jan-2021