The necessity of music

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize With the Hammer

I was once asked why a child should learn how to play an instrument. I was dumbfounded. I didn’t anticipate the question, much less inhabit the realm from which it sprouted. Music is core, music is key to living.

Music feeds the soul, influences moods, lifts spirits, enriches one’s life. Music transports one to another realm, another time. Music recalls events from the past and inspires actions to be. Music deepens one’s experience.

To live life without music in one form or another, to live life without enjoying music, without creating it, is not to really live at all.


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