My new friend, Camberley Bates, points me to an insightful speech, about the real value of music, given by a Karl Paulnack, director of music division of The Boston Conservatory. Paulnack was addressing the incoming freshman class. You'll never listen to music in the same way again.
P.S. This speech was reprinted in its entirety on From The Top, a site that "celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians." They have both commentary on the speech as well as an audio link to hear Paulnack speaking.
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