Book Notes: Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

Book Notes: Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

Two reasons why I instantly loved this book:

  1. A fan of Murakami’s writings.
  2. A student of music.

The book is a collection of transcribed conversations between writer Haruki Murakami and conductor Seiji Ozawa.

The book is replete with nuggets of wisdom on topics like,

  1. What is it like to be a musician?
  2. How to be a life long student of music or any art form?
  3. Practice, discipline and focus.
  4. How to listen to music? The lost art of active listening to music.(as opposed to passive listening in the “instant”, “same-day-delivery” and busy world we are a part of.)
  5. A great introduction to classical music for beginners.
  6. Anecdotes of eccentricities.
  7. Brilliance of Murakami and Seiji Ozawa.