If music be the food of love

Twelfth Night is my all-time favorite from Shakespeare .. be it the triangle love between Duke Orsino, Olvia and Viola, Malvolio and his fantasies to marry Olivia, Feste, the clown and his songs, and of course Sir Toby, Maria, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Antonio and the twin brother Sebastian. Finally the happily ever after .. one of Shakespeare’s best comedies for sure!!

No wonder it is What you Will .. get it 😉

LOVE .. whether it is ecstasy or pain, celebration or separation, has always been exposed with a touch of music. Be it the Shakespearean days or the hitech era, the East or the West, Bollywood or Hollywood .. music and love go hand in hand.

Growing up in India watching Kollywood and Bollywood, listening to Yesudas and Mohammed Rafi, Ilayaraja and MSV, Kannadasan and Vaali (only to name a few), I can no other comment make but appreciate and embrace the Sound Of Music and the Power of Love!!

The very beginning in Twelfth Night Act 1 scene 1 when Duke Orsino enters the court,

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.

Oh, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound,

That breathes upon a bank of violets,

Stealing and giving odor. Enough, no more.

‘Tis not so sweet now as it was before.

O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou,

That, notwithstanding thy capacity

Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,

Of what validity and pitch soe’er,

But falls into abatement and low price

Even in a minute. So full of shapes is fancy

That it alone is high fantastical.

Now, how much of music will make it ‘Excess’? How much of music will make you sicken? That’s relative. Perhaps, I will need a little overdose 😉

Categories: Music

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