“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo
It is true that music can often give expression to our deepest emotions, and can be a healing balm in troubled times. Alas, not all of us can make beautiful music. Those who are gifted to do so are fortunate. The rest of us make do, but we make do very well.
I have seen it over and over . . . the person who can lose him/herself by listening to classical music; the fan who can sing along with every word of country music radio and enjoy every minute; the one who knows every word of every Motown hit and can get lost in the soulful tunes.
Music is good for us, in good times when it can express our delight, and in bad times when it can bring us comfort. This is one of my favorite songs:
Without a song the day would never end.
Without a song the road would never bend.
When things go wrong, a man ain’t got a friend
Without a song.
That field of corn would never see a plow.
That field of corn would be deserted now.
A man is born but he’s no good no-how
Without a song.
I got my troubles and woe but sure as I know that Jordan will roll.
I’ll get along as long as a song is strong in my soul.
I’ll never know what makes the rain to fall.
I’ll never know what makes the grass so tall.
I only know there ain’t no love at all
Without a song!
(“Without a Song” is a popular song with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu, published in 1929. It was included in the musical play, Great Day.)
When you are feeling low, try music. Sing it, play it, listen to it. It might just make a difference in your soul.