If music be the food of love

Sorry, but Shakespeare was wrong. As everyone knows, chocolate is the food of love. But it can be matched with music.

For instance, last night’s Co-op ad featured Belgian chocolate with the guitar music played by Johnny Depp in the film Chocolat. Subtle!

P.S. Watch the Cadbury’s gorilla ad spoof.

One Response to If music be the food of love

  1. Clive Luck December 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm #

    Dear JackieAs a great admirer of Shalespeare’s work i could not resist posting a comment here. Shakespeare did not state that music was the food of love but that’If music be the food of love, play on;Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,The appetite may sicken, and so die.That strain again! it had a dying fall:O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound,That breathes upon a bank of violets,Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:’Tis not so sweet now as it was before.O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,That, notwithstanding thy capacityReceiveth as the sea, nought enters there,Of what validity and pitch soe’er,But falls into abatement and low price,Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancyThat it alone is high fantastical.’Meaning: Orsino is asking for more music because he is frustrated in his courtship of Countess Olivia. He muses that an excess of music might cure his obsession with love, in the way that eating too much remove’s one’s appetite for food.However, music plays an important part in Shakespeare’s plays and is often used to carry the plot. It’s reasonable to surmise that he did believe it to be ‘the food of love’.That aside though, although the history of Chocolate can be dated back to 1500BC, at a time where the Olmec Indians are believed to be the first to grow cocoa beans as a domestic crop, eating solid chocolate was introduced in the form of chocolate rolls and cakes, served in chocolate emporiums, in the year 1674.As Shakespeare died on April 23rd 1616, he was not lucky enough to have experienced this.We can only hope that he believed chocolate to be the drink of love.

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