Posted by ESC on December 19, 2010 at 13:48
In Reply to: Face the music posted by Dee on December 18, 2010 at 20:08:
: "Face the music" - does anyone think that this comes from the stance of a conductor of an orchestra? He/She "faces" the music and it is his/her direct actions that will ultimately produce the outcome... musical outcome.
The phrase dates back to 1851. At least one sources agrees with your theory. See the archives: http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/8/messages/137.html