"Do you think music has the power to change people? Like you listen to a
piece and go through some major change inside?”
Oshima nodded. “Sure, that can happen. We have an experience—like a
chemical reaction—that transforms something inside us. When we examine ourselves
later on, we discover that all the standards we’ve lived by have shot up another
notch and the world’s opened up in unexpected ways. Yes, I’ve had that experience.
Not often, but it has happened. It’s like falling in love.”
Hoshino had never fallen head over heels in love himself, but he went ahead
and nodded anyway. “That’s gotta be a very important thing, right?” he said. “For
“It is,” Oshima answered. “Without those peak experiences our lives would be
pretty dull and flat. Berlioz put it this way: A life without once reading Hamlet
is like a life spent in a coal mine."