compiled by Patty Crowe
Music, which some call the universal language, has been with us as long
as life itself. From each continent's birdsong to the thumping of elephants on their moonlit jaunt across a grassland,
from the Neanderthal's bone flutes and triangles to Mozart's orchestral
harmonies to today's electronically generated sounds, music has been
created, advanced and enjoyed by every living creature in history.
Acoustic, electrified, natural or man-made, sounds which speak to us,
which harmonize and touch the soul, are perhaps the truest and most
spiritual form of communication ever devised by life forms. Indeed,
among many life forms, they are the essence of communication itself.
Jean Paul Richter reminds us that, "Music is the poetry of the air." Add
to that the admonition of British composer
Edgar Elgar that, "there is music in the air, music all around
us...simply take as much as you require," and it is certain we can never
be the poorer for living in this world if we only take a moment to