Sunday, September 27, 2015
A TREMENDOUSLY STRONG SENSE OF THE HEREAFTER: PIANIST GLENN GOULD
This week's arts and culture piece is about one of my musical heroes and begins like this:
Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was a Canadian pianist, best-known as an interpreter of Bach.
In the documentary “Hereafter,” he makes an interesting and useful observation about freedom.
He says, “I have often thought I’d like to try my hand at being a prisoner. ... I have never understood the preoccupation with freedom as it is understood in the Western world. So far as I can see, freedom of movement usually has to do with mobility, and freedom of speech most frequently with socially-sanctioned verbal aggression. To be incarcerated would be a perfect test of inner mobility.”
Gould wasn’t promoting our grossly punitive prison industry. He was making an observation about the license to do as we please — no matter who is affected or hurt — that passes for freedom in our culture. He was talking about the freedom known to the follower of Christ: to respond — or not — to the invitation to leave everything behind and follow him.
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.