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Wagner’s Music

August 18th, 2006 by Laura Moncur in Holidays
Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.
Edgar Wilson Nye, quoted in Mark Twain’s Autobiography, 1924

When I look back, I wonder at myself. Mike and I celebrate our 16 year wedding anniversary today. At our wedding, we set up a stereo in Carol’s bedroom window to play music in the backyard. We put in a Wagner CD and set it to repeat the entire afternoon.

The soundtrack for our wedding was Nazi-approved.

If I had known that Wagner had been a favorite of Hitler’s, I probably wouldn’t have liked him as much. Instead, Mike and I enjoyed the loud and emotional sound of Wagner’s work. Sixteen years later, we’re still judging music more on its sound than its politics.

I guess that’s a good thing.

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