If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
"And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs And as silently steal away" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
He who sings scares away his woes. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Were it not for music, we might not know what feelings sound like.
There's music in the sighing of a reed;
There's music in the gushing of a rill;
There's music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres - Lord Byron
Musical compositions, are not like paintings and statues; confined to countries or museums. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my iPod. Music is the poetry of the air. Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the physical world.
Sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it.
Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them! - Oliver Wendell Holmes
The discovery of song and the creation of music both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought.
Country music is three chords and the truth. Bach opens a vista to the universe. I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else. The scratches in Yoko Ono records are moments of relief. Opera is well said to be the speech of angels, but in actuality, it is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings. No good opera plot can be sensible:... people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. Music is the universal language of mankind. It is one of the best ways to enjoy the present. It's not much fun to look forward to hearing music or to remember what a song sounded like last week, but music right now absorbs you and places you in the present moment.