Aaron Copeland begins his book
What to Listen For In Music
with the words:
"All books on understanding music are agreed
about one point: You can't develop a better
appreciation of the art merely by reading about it.
"If you want to understand music better, you
can do nothing more important than listen to it.
"Nothing can take the place of listening to music.
Everything I have to say in this book is said
about an experience that you can only get outside
this book. Therefore, you will probably be probably
wasting your time in reading it unless you make a
firm resolve to hear a great deal more music than
you have in the past."
And only then does he get on writing his great book.