I think that if I were required to spend the rest of my life on a desert island, and to listen to or play the music of any one composer during all that time, that composer would almost certainly be Bach. I really can’t think of any other music which is so all-encompassing, which moves me so deeply and so consistently, and which, to use a rather imprecise word, is valuable beyond all of its skill and brilliance for something more meaningful than that—its humanity. –Glenn Gould
With that introduction by one of my favorite musicians, here’s one of the most inspiring performances I’ve seen in a long time. Chris Thile performs Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001, on a mandolin. Every damn note. If this doesn’t make your day, what will?
Hat tip: my friend Sharon Royal, for sending this my way.