"I love the relationship that anyone has with music...because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out...It's the best part of us probably..."
— Nick Hornby
“Through music, man’s ability to express himself extends beyond the limits of the spoken language in both subtlety and power."
- The first Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
“There’s something about singing that’s magic...I always say you sing because there’s some things you can’t say; you can’t talk everything. There’s something about the emotion of singing, the melody and simplicity of it, the fact that you’ve put the song and yourself out there … I want to just try to be honest and try to find the melody that no one else has found yet. It’s like those mathematicians trying to find that elusive equation that makes everything make sense.”
- Fran Healy
"Music is given of God to further his purposes. Sweet melodies mellow the souls of men and help prepare them for the gospel. After men receive the truth, songs of praise to Deity help to sanctify and cleanse their souls."
--Bruce R. McConkie
"Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed how deeply it moves our souls."
-- David O. McKay
"I wonder sometimes if we realize the importance of music. I wonder if we know that the Lord himself is concerned about it. He has given us the information that the song of praise is a prayer unto him. . . . It [is] our privilege, yea, our blessing, to sing..."
-- George Albert Smith
"When we rejoice in beautiful scenery, great art, and great music, it is but the flexing of instincts acquired in another place and another time."
-- Neal A. Maxwell
I had my ipod on shuffle (something I have not done for awhile) and songs I have not heard in a long while played. I was transported to different times in my life, good times spent with people I love.
My sister Debbie already told this story on her blog but I would also like to share it. On the 4th of July weekend my family went camping. We were talking about music and I pulled out my ipod and let my dad listen to some of the oldies I have. He was listening to "Save The Last Dance" by Ben E. King and The Drifters, when he got teary eyed. He then told us how after he graduated high school and left for college he told my mom (who still had a year left of high school) that she needed to listen to this song, and make sure that she saved the last dance for him.
I think music is one of the greatest gifts we have.