Thursday, July 30, 2009

"We Need Music to Survive"

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


  1. Music truly is more than just entertainment. It can move you to remember a special moment, inspire you to do something more, make a bad day not so bad, after all. It's a way to connect with others, as well. As I've stated before, it is such a fun, and fundamental, part of my relationship with my 19 month old granddaughter. We dance and sing together and I see her sparkle with such happiness and joy. It has helped to create such a bond between us that I can't describe. Whether it's a great classic or some silly jingle on a familiar commercial, we both can find the fun in dancing to the rhythm and making fools of ourselves. The love just shines through!

  2. Lisa your Mom had it right! Music is an absolute necessity - there is no culture that ever existed that did not use some form of music for celebration, sadness, healing and entertainment. "Music is a basic need of human survival" to me is so true. I would not have survived many years of turmoil in my life had it not been for either listening to or playing music! My mother sang as a child and it is a gift she gave to me, hearing her as I grew up, harmonizing came naturally to me. It is the biggest gift I remember her by!

    Rock on Mom!
    All the best,