The Power of Music and Philip Glass


  1. “Recent advances in the study of the brain have enhanced our understanding of the way that active engagement with music may influence other activities. The cerebral cortex self- organises as we engage with different musical activities, skills in these areas may then transfer to other activities if the processes involved are similar. Some skills transfer automatically without our conscious awareness, others require reflection on how they might be utilised in a new situation.” The power of music: its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people
  2. “Soprano recorders are inexpensive (and fit the hands better than the more expensive, mellower altos), and are convenient for sporadic playing. Playing tunes stimulates the brain in some of the same ways that speaking does, but without the pressure; for example, people who stutter when they speak usually don’t when they sing. The good thing about recorders is that they are convenient, so you can play a little whenever you feel like it, while doing other things. When I was a kid I played violin for a while, but gradually realized that my neck was much too long, and my little finger too weak and slow, for that instrument. In high school I played trumpet, mostly because it was the cheapest instrument, but eventually I bought an old French horn for $25, and an oboe, and in Paracho, Michoacan, ten years ago I finally got a cello—that had always been my favorite instrument. Every time you make sounds on a musical instrument, you are stimulating organized processes in your body—it’s a kind of nourishment.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  3. “Where words leave off, music begins.” Heinrich Heine
  4. “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” Hunter S. Thompson
  6. “Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen
  7. “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. “He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.” Hannah Harrington, Saving June
  9. “Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” Alphonse de Lamartine
  10. “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Kahlil Gibran
  11. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Confucius, The Book of Rites
  12. “Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  13. “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” Maria Augusta von Trapp
  14. “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” Henry David Thoreau
  15. “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” Pablo Casals
  16. “Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  17. “Without music life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  18. “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley
  19. “He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.” Robert Browning
  20. “I think I should have no other mortal wants if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” George Bernard Shaw
  21. “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” Plato
  22. “Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.” Henry Ward Beecher
  23. “Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.” Robert G. Ingersoll

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