From an article my mom just sent:
"I now understand that music is not part of "arts and entertainment." It's not a luxury, something we fund from budget leftovers. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of things. a way to express feelings when we have no words, a way to understand things with our hearts when we cannot grasp them with our minds.
Music functions as a container for experience---it augments capacity to grasp complex things. Without music, the events of our lives slip like water through cupped hands. Music increases our capacity to hold life experiences and to celebrate them..."
---Karl Paulnack, Boston Conservatory pianist