Ta-Ta for Money

Assuming a man lives by himself and is willing to live as simply as Thoreau, he might write music that no one would play prettily, listen to, or buy. But if he has a nice wife, and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances? So he has to weaken (and if he is a man he should weaken for his children), but his music more than weakens – it goes ‘ta-ta’ for money! Bad for him, bad for music.

—Charles Ives



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