MusicMusic comes from your heart, and your heart is important.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Some interpret "heart" to be soul, "Music comes from your soul," which is a phrasing that makes the second part, "and your soul is important," of this partial syllogism more readily apparent. I'm supposing that the conclusion to this major and minor premise is, "Therefore music is [equally] important." Music has always been thought by many to be both a spiritual communication and a universal communication, the music of composers such as Mozart and Bach display this readily, even though perhaps their lives have jagged parts. The current construct of "heart" denotes the seat of emotion rather than the seat of divine unity. When music is thus seated in the emotions, the premises are modified slightly in that emotions may be negative as well as positive--so music from the "heart" can uplift and just as readily as it can expose angst, turmoil, suffering, estrangement and other negative emotional experiences.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Music, art, literature, drama--all the fine arts are what feed the soul. What is it that Orsino says to open Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night?

If music be the food of love, play on,

Truly, music is generated in the heart and it communicates to the hearts of others.  This is what James Baldwin writes about in his short story "Sonny's Blues."  For, when his brother finally listens to Sonny at the piano in the jazz club, he begins to understand his brother's blues. Then it is that he listens to Sonny's soul cry out through the medium of music and he knows its meaning.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Music is central to my faith and my life - I once read but can't remember where that "Music is a gift from God." I absolutely believe this.

In common with bullgatortail, I identify with the late 60's music of my high school years when I'm looking for "popular" music. I also appreciate classical, jazz, traditional folk instrumental, and religious music. As a life-long singer and pianist, my appreciation of many of life's greatest experiences has been enhanced by the musical accompaniment to the event. Music most definitely touches my heart in many profound ways.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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As an art form, music has to come from the heart.  The beautiful thing about music, as with any art, is that it means something different to each of us.  It touches each heart in a unique way and that ties us to it on an intimate level.  Your statement reminds me of one of my favorite poems, "Ode" by Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy.

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

The poem continues on for a few more stanzas, but this is the most well known portion of the piece.  In fact, many people refer to this poem by its first line rather than its title.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Music is evocative and has the power to take us to times, places, and emotions quicker than almost any other medium. Certain songs and certain music immediately put me in another place, remembering something I felt or experienced in my past. Your statement, though, is that music comes fromthe heart. To me this is true for some musicians and singers who are able to connect with their music in such a way as to move the audience. A church soloist or choir, a singer on a stool with an acoustic guitar, and a symphony working to a crescendo have the power to move audiences. Music is powerful.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I like to reminisce about the past, especially my days in high school and college (during the late 1960s and 1970s). The music that still affects me most is the music I grew up with, and I believe their is still no better R&R than what was conceived during those years. So, yes, this is the music that most moves my heart.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am not sure what your question is, but if you are defending this statement I would say that I agree with you.  Music is an interpretation of emotions.  We use expression through instruments and sounds to demonstrate and share how we feel.

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ilovemusic1225 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

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I happen to share the passion for music and I can say that Music is the most wonderful God given gift that was ever created!! Words can't describe how much I love music! I am involved in Band, Chorus, Show Choir, Marching Band, and the Musical at school as well as the church choir. I play the keyboard and the flute and I want to learn how to play the guitar, violin, and saxophone!! I also sing which is pretty obvious! I think that being involved in soo many different activities gives me the experience I need if I would ever want to pursue music as a career!

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