I think it is safe to say that we all have felt the powerful emotional presence of music in our lives. Music plays an integral part in most of our celebrations; weddings, funerals, holidays, transition times, and sacred rituals to name a few. Maybe you have playlists organized by theme, by artist or by decade? Maybe you chose what to listen to based on how you are feeling, or how you’d like to feel? Often we use music to soothe, to inspire, to heal or to motivate the daily tasks and events of our lives. And certainly, music is connected to movement and language.
Perhaps these relationships we have with music can be summed up by saying that music is the universal emotional translator. What we feel is connected on an emotional, energetic, vibrational level to the combination of sounds we call music. When we ‘tune in’ to the ‘good vibes’, more than just a quaint bit of toe-tapping occurs. There is an actual transfer of energy on a cellular level. Humans have known this instinctively for millennia.
I’ve included here some famous quotes from pop culture ‘celebrities’ (of this century and before) in which they express their appreciation for the emotional connections they have with music.
“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” Jane Swan
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Billy Joel
“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” Leo Tolstoy
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” Maya Angelou
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley
“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” Johnny Depp
“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” Maria Augusta von Trapp