Singing Bird by Janet Ramsay Hard Cover 1939 267 Pages Ex-Lib Bk
Singing Bird by Janet Ramsay Hard Cover 1939 267 Pages Ex-Library Book
A NEW style of writing is needed for American boys and girls of today-not too far removed, we hope, from Louisa M. Alcott-which meets them on their own ground and in their own speech. This is the note which Janet Ramsay has struck in SINGING BIRD as well as in her earlier book STARS RISING, from a chapter in which the later work has grown. SINGING BIRD is a valuable story for all career-minded young people. Where it treats of music it is exceptionally provocative. Into both books the author has presumably woven her own early aspirations, not so far removed but that she can feel and sympathize with her youthful readers, putting herself into their attitude of mind in the practical application of the philosophies of the past to the realities of our day.
For a people to be musical, many roads may be necessary to reach that coveted goal. The presence of notable conservatories, of superlative opera houses, and symphony halls with power to attract the world's greatest virtuosi, even the acknowledgement of its metropolis as a universal music center are not enough to count a nation musical. It is in the deep understanding of the Art as a sacred experience, not the taught "appreciation" as a mental image, a perception of the spirit, not of the brain, that separates the artist from the merely educated man or woman. We speak of that real appreciation of the beautiful, absorbed, not taught, which gives to individual or nation the truest compensation for the buffets of existence.
Are not the impressionable years of adolescence the true matrix for elective education-that kind of knowledge which leads in after years to the avocation, the escape from the treadmill of the daily round? Those days of the early teens mark the time for hero-worship, one of the purest of emotions. It is not in the curriculum of the school-room that these things are fostered, but in the supplementary reading that stimulates subtly during the hours of relaxation.
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