“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.”
Human beings love to wonder at music. They ponder its message and sometimes, through it, experience something profound. Yet the experience of music is ephemeral. Our minds flit from one concern to the next, feeding a frenzied existence until once again some piece of music inspires, comforts or jolts us into a better place.
For 25 years, I’ve created arts features using print, broadcast, and digital media aimed at fostering, provoking, and deepening our encounters with music. It’s a funny thing to come up with words for something that speaks for itself so eloquently without the use of words, but that’s what we do when we love something. We talk about it with others, share behind-the-scenes stories, and marvel together at the details that surprise and delight us. After all, music is inseparable from our humanity. It touches us at different times for different reasons, and gives voice to things we cannot say.