though I've dedicated my entire life to music and understand how important
music is, it still amazes me when I see just how fundamental and essential
music is to our human existence. As most of you, I've been watching and
reading about the incredible tragedy in Haiti. It has been heartbreaking
and disturbing. Lying and dying in rubble, helpless and hopeless.
Most recently I saw this video clip (see below) of a man searching for his missing
wife for 6 days and the unbelievable miracle of finding her alive. She is
pulled from the destruction and one of the first things she does is SING - no
food or water in total darkness buried alive, facing death and what comes out
of her? MUSIC!
Another story I read was of a mother who was trying to keep her daughter alive in a collapsed building. They were stuck and trapped and her daughter wound up dying on the fourth night. In their bleakest last days together the mother sang and prayed.
Music gives us hope, support, and joy. It can express what we can not say in words and can affect and touch us like nothing else. It's an outlet for true human emotion that brings us to a higher place when we need it most. To me, music is as fundamental and important as it gets. My hope is that everyone starts to experience and understand the value and power of music and of course exposes it to our youngest.