The power of music is undeniable. From birth to death every important event in our lives seems to be marked by it. A birthday song embraces our youth. A wedding song can bring into being our adulthood. A funeral march memorializes our death. Music is an integral part of any commemorative or celebratory gathering.
With music, our perception of the world is made markedly greater in measure and degree. Music accentuates the beauty and intensifies the horrors we may perceive or encounter. It can be playful or emotionally charged. Music always changes the experience.
From ancient times music has been recognized as invaluable. It elicits the strongest of patriotic emotions as citizens rally into action and march to war. Parades welcome the heroes returning from battle and religious ceremonies mourn the departed.
Music is indispensable to games and imaginary play. For children, music is a gateway for experiencing and understanding the world. For an audience, music represents the most immediate way of connecting to the world. Music always changes everything.