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Joseph Brodsky wrote about "switching off" and the way art can help to cope with the noise around one: "art is not a better, but an alternative existence . . . not an attempt to escape reality but the opposite, an attempt to animate it." Rachel Wiseman commenting on Brodsky's words continued: "(Art) can model independent thought and attentiveness, preserving not just the integrity of the self but also that of the culture one sees being degraded before one's eyes . . . Switching off is not about wallowing in silence or withdrawing into blissful ignorance; it is about making sure that the static doesn't deafen you to music." Given the climate of our time, our lives and our discourse need something to animate them. And attentiveness (paying close attention) to the music (art) in our lives is one way to do that . . .