@ this thread
- Baked to Buxtehude
- Toked up to Tallis
- Stoned to Sibelius
- Well oiled to Offenbach
- Joy-riding to Janacek
- Spaced out to Scriabin
- Munted to Mendelson
- Toasted to Tchaikovsky
- Off your face to Frescobaldi
- Mainlining to Mahler
- Reefing to Rimsky-Korsakov
- F*cked to Forqueray
NB Wasn't it Berlioz (bombed out to Berlioz) who composed while on opium? I don't encourage drug use, and prefer a nice cup of tea myself, but there's a long connection between art and psychotropics. It's one reason the authorities view both activities with such suspicion. They want people in the factories, not tooting to Telemann.
A college professor who might well qualify as the best one under whom I studied asked the provocative question- if you really want to suppress expression, is banning the expression your best option-- or would it be more effective to instead try to drown it out in a Babel-like sea of pablum?!
I'm not a 'computer-gamer,' but those of you who are might remember the big hit 'Sid Meier's Civilization.' In it, 'the authorities' need to have a certain number of "Elvis-icons' on the board, to keep the populace happy enough, in its soma-like fashion, to continue accepting direction and control.
'Art' is a blade that's capable of cutting on many different planes.
The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge. Shakespeare- Sonnet 95
I think people who like to generalise about the kind of people who use marijuana and their reasons for it should watch this great speech about Carl Sagan's use of it
(see 23:30 - 44:30)
I very much enjoy doing exactly what you described...
Ben - Pianist
Current Pieces in Progress...
Chopin Scherzo Op.31 in B flat
Rachmaninov Prelude Op.23 No.4
Liszt Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses, S.173 7. Funerailles
Gottschalk Paraphrase de Concert 'Union', Op.48
Besides, what would that have to do with anything?
Throwing out a few token well known people who were considered geniuses, who did use (Sagan), or some speculate used (Shakespeare) marijuana is neither an argument for or against use of marijuana. And it also does not give anything in the way of proof that marijuana would improve the creative capacity, or the enjoyment of art.
I cited Sagan purely in response to those who think that marijuana users are all in one social class.
Lol @ the tags on this thread!
Music consumer & Classical newbie