Music is like a rising tide within us.

Music is like a rising tide within us.

We are musical creatures. It is like a rising tide inside us, making everything inside more fluid and connected. Our feelings are aroused and calmed. Our memories flash forward as if they happened yesterday. The impulse to move – to sway, to tap – to dance – is almost irresistible. It’s us with our lights on. Even with no external music, we sing inside.

Our physical and emotional reactions to harmony and dissonance are being studied like giant math challenges. Listening to (and relistening to) sad songs can be 3-minute journeys into our feelings – to mingle and linger with them – healing at our own pace. Music defines cultures and generations. And love. Is love even possible without music? “I hear singing and there’s no one there. … You’re not sick. You’re just in love.”

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