As we move closer to the rebirth and subsequent sweet sounds of the Honolulu Symphony, with a new, three-year agreement now in place with the musicians, it is important to remember just how important art and culture are to a society. You may not be the biggest fan in the world of classical music, or Jawaiian, pop, emo, country, or jazz, but you have to recognize the fact that for some people, like me, music is almost religious in its ability to take us places, provide us some reassurance and calm in a world gone mad, plus all of those other philosophical and psychological things that happen when music affects our brains.
We need to keep in mind the importance of the arts as we look at the cutbacks that will undoubtedly come from this legislative session. We need to keep in mind that educating our youngsters beyond the so-called basics of reading, writing, and 'rithmetic is essential to opening up minds and hearts during the formative years. Just as physical exercise is vital for our well-being, so is mental exercise, in many forms.