The Cookie Chronicles
Chapter Four -Take Me Out To The Ball Game
April 23, 2020
"Music soothes the savage beast" is a common expression with an uncommon history. It's a misquote from The Mourning Bride, a poem by William Congreve written in 1697, which opens "Musick hath charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."
I know little or nothing about savage breasts, but I have quite a lot of experience playing guitar for a wide variety of savage beasts, mostly cats. The right sort of music actually does seem to be soothing for them, although cats are not especially demonstrative about their likes, being mostly concerned with letting you know wh...