Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Post 2,500!

Yes, it's true this is the 2500th post to this blog. Hmm, lemmesee, at around 800 words per post that comes to

Two Million Words!!

Which is quite a few. And some of them were actually informative. And I'm not even counting those occasionally profuse musical examples.

This is, for me, a fulfilling experience and it is especially good when you comment as that always adds a lot.

Let's have some celebratory music. Bach, Magnificat:

Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass:

Mozart, Symphony No. 41, Jupiter:

Wait, is this getting excessive? Oh, probably. But that's one of the cool things about music. We have just piles and piles of really great, joyous, over the top, celebratory music. So let's end with one more, the Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van:


Will Wilkin said...

I found you early last year, don't usually comment but definitely read every article you publish here. Bryan, you've become an important part of my musical mind. THANK YOU!!!!

Bryan Townsend said...

No, thank you Will. Your comments add a great deal to the blog.

David said...

Congratulations on this latest milestone Bryan. Keep up the great work. Your readers are definitely the beneficiaries of your efforts.

The Toronto Star published a balanced opinion piece on Professor Jordan Peterson recently:

I thought you might enjoy reading it.

Steven Watson said...

Congratulations! Your blog is invaluable not just as a remarkable archive on musical subjects, but as a place where one can find genuinely interesting opinions on music, both from you and commenters.

And I also have a Peterson link! Have you read this enjoyable (conservative) critique of Peterson in the Spectator?

Bryan Townsend said...

Thanks, David! Yes, excellent article on Peterson in The Star.

And thanks, Steven. Hey, can I quote you in my sidepanel quotes? Thanks for the Spectator piece as well, though I don't think that the writer quite grasps what Peterson is up to. The critiques are valid, but he seems to miss what is really appealing about Peterson: the depth of his research and the depth of his passion for truth. These are the reasons why he is so widely appreciated (and feared, in some circles).

Steven Watson said...

Yes of course.

I think the author, knowing his past work, is suspicious of Peterson's discipline, psychology, and that's why he makes most of his criticisms. In that sense I sympathise with him. I prefer Peterson the political and cultural thinker to Peterson the guru.

Bryan Townsend said...

I'm with you on that! Actually, I have been very, very skeptical about modern psychology for a long time. But Peterson comes across to me as much as a philosopher and cultural thinker generally, as a psychologist.