Twelfth Night’s Music

If music be the food of love, play on.

By itself, this is a joyous sentence. In context, the opening line from Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night is spoken by Orsino who is frustrated in courtship and wants an overabundance of love so he can lose his appetite for it. The happy interpretation is timely for me. We’ve recently been introducing the pre-schoolers to more music. Now they say, “that’s a fiddle” or “that music is sad.” We dance and smile and tap our toes in the car. Music often plays an important role in Shakespeare’s plays and I hope in our children’s lives too. Play on!

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