God’s Fuschia Ipod

October 2009

Thank God for Apple. My Ipod has in recent years revitalized my connection with music. I had forgotten how deeply the music of my youth and adolescence in particular moves me.

I am convinced that God packs a fuschia Ipod classic in her/his pocket with 40,000+ songs.

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music”
Aldous Huxley

“It’s such an extraordinary thing, music. It is how we speak to God finally – or how we don’t. Even if we’re ignoring God. It’s the language of the spirit. If you believe that we contain within our skin and bones a spirit that might last longer than your time breathing in and out – if there is a spirit, music is the thing that wakes it up. And it certainly woke up mine. And it seems to be how we communicate on another level.”

“Music is the shorthand of emotion”

Leo Tolstoy

“Music is a fair and glorious gift from God. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art than can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart.”
Martin Luther

“Music is the vernacular of the human soul”
Geoffrey Latham

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everybody loves music.”
Billy Joel

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything; It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good, just, and beautiful.”

“Responsiveness to music is an essential part of our neural nature”
Dr. Oliver Sacks, Neurologist NYC

“The only universal tongue”
Samuel Rogers

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
Berthold Auerbach

“We are a spectacular manifestation of life. We have language…we have affection. We have genes for usefulness and usefulness is about as close to a ‘common goal’ of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music.”
The Medusa and The Snail (1979)

“Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once”
Robert Browning

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”
Victor Hugo

“I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.”
H. A. Overstreet

“Without music, life is a journey through a desert”
Pat Conroy

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near the infinite.”
Thomas Carlyle

“Just as certain selections of music will nourish your physical body and your emotional layer, so other musical works will bring greater health to your mind”
Hal A. Lingerman

“Give me the making of the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws.”
Andrew Fletcher

The Taliban banned music in Afghanistan during their rule

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