It is true of every art that you cannot acquire what you have not felt.
– Gustie Herrigel
I read this yesterday and thought how especially appropriate it is for both the musician and the listener. I tried to find out more about the author and discovered that Gustie Herrigel wrote a book called Zen in the Art of Flower Arranging in the Fifties. She had formal training in the art in Japan in the twenties. She writes:
If he (the beginner) wants to penetrate to its roots (of flower arrangement), he will be forced to decide whether he was attracted only by the artistic and aesthetic elements, or whether he seeks to experience the all-embracing, total nature of this art…