Music is often attached to other things, whether we like it or not, which allows writers to talk about those other things:
"Beyond being its beautiful self, music has the occasional yen to be helpful. On elevators it speeds us heavenward. It soothes us at Kmart. It accelerates our chewing at the lunch counter." "Chardonnay, Shellfish and Schubert."
On an eco-music festival in the Baltic: "Culture depends on economy, economy depends on environment" . . . so the state of the water "is absolutely the musician's business."
music and politics.