The two sides

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“I’ve been listening to music since my teens, but lately I’ve come to feel that I understand music a little better now than I used to—that maybe I can hear the fine differences in musical detail—and that writing fiction has gradually and naturally given me a better ear. Conversely, you can’t write well if you don’t have an ear for music.  The two sides complement each other: listening to music improves your style; by improving your style, you improve your ability to listen to music.”

—Haruki Murakami

from Absolutely on Music:  Conversations with Seiji Ozawa