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deletedAug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia
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Aug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia

I have no idea what a substack is but I am intrigued by what I have read of your book so far.

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Wow…a fabulously intriguing start… Thankyou for your wonderful writing and insights. I am halfway thru your “Music: A Subversive History” … illuminating and deeply inspiring.

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Aug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia

I'm reading Oliver Sack's Musicophilia and he touches on the idea that music/song may have preceded language/words. If that's the case, makes sense that music would be an elemental/deeper expression/medium of the hero's journey.

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Aug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia

Great stuff, Ted! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Aug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia

I have a couple of your books, Mr Gioia, but of late i think you’ve become my favourite contemporary non fiction writer. This is serious stuff

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"We tend to use the term visionary loosely nowadays"

Seems to me, we tend to use every term Loosely nowadays. To the point where Everything is overblown & over hyped. Cause I feel, standards have dropped to such an abysmal & mediocre level everywhere in this once great nation that the completion of a simple task at what used to be a given is now Lauded as some kind of a momentous achievement. You want pickles on that Burger ? You open it or take a bite and golly - there is actually a shrunken mediocre Pickle & its a real accomplishment ! Sure, I'm being facetious & ridiculous but a prime example: giving awards/stars/praise to a kid in school who can add up 2x2 ! What do you think is going to happen to this country ?

When all institutions have mostly failed. Almost all politicians are cheats or Liars or traitors or worse ! When REAL Heroes are spit upon for gain of all types. When the loftiest goals of many young people are to become Internet Trolls or (the most Laughable career of all ) ... Influencers.

So Ya, "We tend to use the term visionary loosely nowadays" says it ALL

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Aug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia

Thank you! Will we be able to buy a hard copy eventually as well?

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Meatloaf 😂👏👏👏👏👏 I feel like Joseph Campbell placed a magic 8 ball into a Christmas stocking and blindsided me for fun. Can’t stop seeing tiny library angels fluttering around my head.

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I often ask a question when I'm teaching a writing class: "Why can almost all of us sing the lyrics of hundreds of songs once we hear the first word?"

And, as a part-time screenwriter in Hollywood for almost thirty years (I have a Writer's Guild pension!), I can confirm the common belief: non-artists dominate the artistic process.

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Wow!

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Aug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia

Omg I can't wait to read "Can Songs Actually Replace Philosophy?" aaaahh

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Aug 22, 2022Liked by Ted Gioia

This is already speaking to me.

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I like your premise for this new book, Ted. As for the Hero's Journey beyond Hollywood, have you read Iron John by Robert Bly? It's an interesting take on the Hero's Journey from a sacred masculine perspective. Also, have you read The Secret Power of Music by David Tame? I look forward to reading more of Music to Raise the Dead.

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Thanks Ted! Im so excited to read your book. I loved reading Curt Sachs, The Wellsprings Of Music. An anthropology framed musicology, more focused on - what (what were these musicians doing?) rather than the more personal - why (why music?) approach your prologue seems to indicate

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Oh hie sweat substantial enorumus and forgiving! Love all the details that are yet to come!

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