I call architecture frozen music. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” (Hans Christian Andersen)
Recently, in Montreal, I was kindly invited to a rehearsal of Händel’s Triumph of Time and Truth. Sitting near the centre of a beautiful chapel, surrounded by three choirs (one in front, and one on each side) I felt the chorus line ” Time is supreme, Time is a mighty pow’r!” not only wash over me, but reverberating deep in my soul.
After what was a powerful experience, this notion of time did not leave me for days. Is it really, I was asking myself? Supreme, a mighty power? Or is it just a social construct to help us understand this world? Einstein proposed about 100 years ago that time and space are not really constant.
“The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Einstein quote
I was on an assignment in Toronto during the horrific van attack, and am still thinking about the victims of this senseless violence and their families. That afternoon, looking out from my hotel window towards the lake, the police officer who arrested the perpetrator without resorting to force was also on my mind.
I always say that non-violence is not the weapon of the weak. It is the weapon of the strong.
What is the city but the people? (William Shakespeare)
“…Arriving at each new city, the traveller finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities