I find inspiration in a variety of sources — and such inspiration finds its way to my teaching, researching, and performing. I am lucky to be so inspired.
“Let there be no noise made, my gentle friends;
Unless some dull and favourable hand
Will whisper music to my weary spirit.” (Henry IV, 4.5.1-3), Henry IV
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera
Kate Chopin The Awakening
“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.” (The Tempest, 3.2.135-43)[audio:http://www.marissasilverman.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/02-Voiles.mp3]
Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost
“If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O! it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour.” (Twelfth Night, 1.1.1-7)