DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Psalm 96:1
Sing to the Lord a new song;sing to the Lord, all the earth.

 

The Lord who “made the heavens” gave the song. Music is part of the human operating system; an unrivaled medium for communication. Music is one of the key elements that draws us together. No major life-event is without a song. We experience music in a full range of emotion. It incites praise, lust, blues, anger, romance, sales, and idolatry. It comforts, excites, informs … it moves us! Eighteenth century political activist Andrew Fletcher said, “Let me make of the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws.” But what is music? It is the vibration of molecules that produce sound waves perceived by the ear eliciting the firing of neurons in the brain of the hearer. Psychology says it is “a kind of experience a brain extracts from its environment.” It is inexplicable. Darwin wrote, “As neither the enjoyment nor the capacity of producing music are faculties of the least use to man they must be ranked among the most mysterious with which he is endowed.” Music is solely a human experience. The wind does not sing except in poetic imagination. The songs of nature fall short of any serious musical definition. Mozart cleared up Darwin’s mystery in four words: “Music comes from heaven.”

 

reposted with permission from onehope.net

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