One could be forgiven if after reading the online news or actual newspaper that the world is heading to hell in a hand basket. Bombs going off, Suicide or by plane. Countries invading other countries and Presidents planning to do more invading or destroying. In times like the present, thank God for Music.
More than once, have I connected to the the beat of the music. Once my mind connected to the beat and I let myself go to the rhythm, the music took over and I found myself-dancing. A dancing fool. Of course, what is romance without music. Many a night at the happening place of the moment, I would slide and glide to the music and dance with that pretty girl(s) hoping that romance would follow. For Romeo and Juliet it is Tchaikovsky and for you it is?
Music has a special place for those who can hear and for those who are deaf. According to Dr. Dean Shibata of the University of Washington “Brains of deaf people rewire to ‘hear‘ music. … The perception of the musical vibrations by the deaf is likely every bit as real as the equivalent sounds, since they are ultimately processed in the same part of the brain,” says Dr. Dean Shibata, assistant professor of radiology at the University of Washington.Nov 27, 2001www.washington.edu/news/2001/11/27/brains-of-deaf-people-rewire-to-hear-music/
Even in silence it is said that if one listens to the beat of the heart one will hear the rhythm of life. The goal of meditation is to still one self by listening to ones breathing and thus linking into its rhythm that allows one to go deeper into oneself. I am not sure what one will find there but by all accounts it is supposed to be enlightening.
Music is universal and to get a sense of what other people think of Music, here are the top 20 quotes by famous people on Music.
- “Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
- “Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
- “I can chase you, and I can catch you, but there is nothing I can do to make you mine.” ― Morrissey
- “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
- “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” ― Jane Swan
- “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein
- “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ― Keith Richards
- “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
- “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley
- “The only truth is music.” ― Jack Kerouac
- “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” ― Albert Schweitzer
- “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” ― Leo Tolstoy
- “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”― Jane Austen
- “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” ― William Shakespeare
- “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou
- “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley
- “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” ― W.H. Auden
- “Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
- “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo
- “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ― Arthur O’Shaughnessy
- “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”― Charles Darwin
- “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius
- “Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
- “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe