If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
—from “The Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
When I first came across these words, reading Shakespeare was required torture as part of my High School English class. But these words stuck and I memorized them. Later on, these lines often resonated with my feelings about music and love. They brought Shakespeare back into my life but with a open interest.
Today, as I think about my new year’s resolution to explore my relationship with music, I’m reminded again of the emotions in Shakespeare’s poetry.