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Daily Inspiration: Ian McEwan’s Magical Moments

"There are these rare moments when musicians together touch something sweeter than they've ever found before in rehearsals or performance, beyond the merely collaborative or technically proficient, when their expression becomes as easy and graceful as friendship or love. This is when they give us a glimpse of what we might be, of our best selves, and of an impossible world in which you give everything to others, but lose nothing of yourself."

In the book “Saturday” by Ian McEwan, the writer reminds us of those glorious moments when you hear music that is pure expression. For me, it’s when I hear musos tuning up and riffing off each others’ chords and notes, finding synchronicity. These instances, McEwan suggests, give us a glimpse of what humankind might be, which is a pretty sweet thought for the morning. Do you hear that in any pieces of music you can think of? Which musicians comes to mind when you think of pure expression?

"Divide" by Hannahkaypiche