Day 448: For the love of music … and words

Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) is in the second row, third from the left (to his right is poet Dylan Thomas).

Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) is in the second row, third from the left (to his right is poet Dylan Thomas).*

It’s been so cold this week, Mr. Singh, my Outreach Connection connection was wearing a bedraggled parka as he stood on the corner flogging his paper, which is sold to support the homeless and unemployed.

He told me he’ll be moving his location indoors to the Metro Hall lobby once the really cold weather hits.

I’m glad I caught him in his usual spot because his regular cover feature, “Notable Quotables,” this issue was my favourite one so far:

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”  Music at Night, 1931
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

AldousHuxleybrave-new-world-by-aldous-huxley-poster-c12329989Did you know?

● Huxley’s novel The Doors of Perception (1954) developed a cult following in the psychedelic 1960s, and inspired the name of the rock band The Doors.

● Huxley also appears on the sleeve of The Beatles’ landmark Sgt. Pepper (1967) album.

● He died of cancer on November 22, 1963 – the same day as C.S. Lewis and John F. Kennedy.

*To find out who else is on the Sgt. Pepper cover, go here.

P.S. Here are two of my favourite examples of “expressing the inexpressible” … in fact, neither one is even in English.  Enjoy!


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2 responses to “Day 448: For the love of music … and words

  1. refnaf

    Gosh… interesting facts…..excellent quote , beautiful music….ty

  2. Thanks, Refnaf. I’m embarrassed to admit I never gave a second thought to all those faces on the Sgt. Pepper cover till now!

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