Tadadadaaa – the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is effective as of now! Can you feel it? Does it make a difference? No, it doesn’t. It reminds me of the question: “So how does it feel to turn 40?” Well, the world did not stop turning back then, did it? And it didn’t tonight. All this excitement in the blogosphere over the past weeks – I wonder whether we are not taking all this a little too serious.
Exceptionally I will point you to a text from two foreign sources. It has to with music and the lack of tolerance in Europe. And I rate it a first class scandal: The audience at the Philharmonie Köln (Germany) forced the British-Iranian artist Mahan Esfahani to cancel after four minutes his performance of a piece written in 1967 by Steve Reich: Piano Phase. Part of audience considered the piece too boring, to modern or both and started yelling, laughing and whistling. The fact that the pianist had introduced the piece in English compelled someone from the audience to shout: “Speak German!”
Books and music are intimately connected for me. I need books to further my knowledge about music, to write about music. I enjoy reading about music as much as I enjoy listening to music.
My blog now features a new section with the bibliographical data of the books where I get my wisdom from. Marketing people call this approach “service orientated”.
I pick books and read them not only for my pleasure, but also for you. It makes my bookseller happy and it makes me happy. But of course there are more booksellers in the world that deserve being made happy. So get out and buy the books! Forget about eBooks. Smell the paper, touch its structure, admire the beauty of printed fonts. Retire into the garden, on your couch or in a quiet corner in your office building and lose yourself in the realm of the written word. It is good for your health. Watch the books getting older with you. Share them with good friends, whatever your bookseller tells you.
Reading my blog is one thing. It may give you an idea on what to listen to and what to read. Enjoying music and books is another thing. It’s the real thing. The experience, social media cannot provide. You’re on your own now.