In watching and reading this slideshow Dr. Johnson posted, I started thinking about how very affecting art is, and how it is the same for music specifically. There were so many quotations in that slideshow that got me thinking, I cannot even choose just one to showcase here. Creating is like an escape, and a great place to be, unlike any other. Experiencing music and performance can be life-changing, and unlike any other experience. It is so compelling, to create, to watch, to listen. It is unfortunate when we are so busy that we are unable to give in to that compulsion, for we miss such wonderful opportunities in thought.
How creating music, or anything, stimulates and excites.... it is a passion, and like an illness, a force all its own. Music can make you think about things in an entirely new way, or even just to think about something at all, that you may not have before. Music does reflect our world, and how wonderful that it endures, and continues telling that story. All that music takes in us to create, to experience; how it sustains us, and all that it gives us all, emotionally, intellectually, socially - how can it be anything but Art?