Today’s video snippet comes from the final night of our speaking tour last autumn. Each night Robert and I would begin by addressing what was currently on our minds. We have previously uploaded Robert’s introduction from the Ramshead earlier in the tour. This video is my introduction from Chicago.

I would assume that everyone reading this diary is a music lover – hence the interest in The Vicar – so you (or may not) be intrigued by the fact that, after about 45 hours speaking about music with Robert on that tour, I realised that it is very difficult to come up with a simple anwer to the apparently simple question “What is Music?”.

The answer that I came up with that night remains about my best attempt – a version of “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Or perhaps “One man’s music is another man’s noise”.

I am sure other people have better answers, but it is not as simple as it appears – which is, the more I think about it, very wonderful. Music really is this wonderful thing that sits outside most of our logical rational day to day existence. An entirely different world with its own language.