A little musical stress relief

My high school political science teacher posted on his blog:

In “A Cheap, Easy High—With No Side Effects” Patrick Kurp refers to Terry Teachout’s “post devoted to the music he listens to whenever he feels ‘the urgent need to upgrade my mood.’ He writes, ‘I’ve always found music to be one of the most potent means of attitude adjustment known to man,’ and his experience jibes with mine. …. Music’s impact is prompt and unambiguous. In contrast, literature is an oral ingestion of medicine compared to the intravenous immediacy of music.” Kurp goes on to list some of the works of literature that invariably lift his mood. For instance:
  • Most anything by…P.G. Wodehouse
  • Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditation
  • Tristram Shandy, especially the scenes with Uncle Toby and the Widow Wadman
  • The essays of Joseph Epstein and Guy Davenport
  •  Jonathan Swift’s “A Description of a City Shower” and “The Lady’s Dressing Room”

Teachout’s list of music that provides “a cheap, easy high” is long. A few of the many he listed:

In case you haven’t heard of them, I linked to them up to the last bullet point:

(Side note: A lot of Wisconsin high schools use “On Wisconsin,” when they could use a Sousa march as their fight song.)

Teachout also listed (and I have linked to):


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