Music as Well-being
Chapter Five: Music and Expression
Chapter Five Music and Expression A Story In the popular UK radio drama, Old Harry’s Game Satan is training a young devil called Scumspawn in hell. Scumspawn calls him up saying that there is a problem in the Reception Pit. ‘Master, we need your wisdom and experience!’ When Satan responds Scumspawn explains that following a gas explosion at the Grand Ole Opry, they have taken unexpected delivery of a country and western band. ‘Obviously we set about giving them their introductory scourging but now we are in trouble, because every time we subject them to more suffering and pain … they just write a song about it.’ In the background, the country and western band are singing: ‘We’re standing in a lake of fire And the flames are a-getting higher.’ ‘You see how horrendous it is’, says Scumspawn. ‘At the moment they’re stuck for a rhyme for “inferno”, but it’s only a brief respite.’ Satan responds with offering the help of his new assistant, Nero. Scumspawn protests: ‘But he is a mere mortal.’ Nero retorts that actually he is a god. At this Satan is cross: ‘No, you’re not actually a god, Nero.’ Nero protests: ‘I am a god. The Senate declared me a god.’ Satan invalidates this claim by retorting that his status was only given by a certificate from bunch of fat Italians wearing sheets. Nonetheless he dispatches Nero to deal with Scumspawn’s problem. ‘Any idea how you’re going to deal with it?’ ‘Simple.’ Says Nero ‘I...
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