An Introduction to Music
Music: a lifetime study, a forever tapestry
People have been making music for millions of years, and everybody makes it a different way.
Music gives power to both the player and the listener. You walk onto a stage with, say, a clarinet, as a spotlight follows you to your chair. The whole place hushes as the lights go down. The audience has just relinquished to you total command of this acoustic playground. You could begin playing a song you've rehearsed a million times. You could start making up a song on the spot. You could take the mouthpiece off and sing "hoot" through the body of the clarinet if that is what you want to do. At any rate, you've got a message for your audience. If you say it accurately, it might inspire them with the same passion that it gives you, and who knows, it might even compel expression in them -- whether their canvas is music, visual art, photography, multimedia, poetry, journalism, sculpture, architecture, developing a computer game, managing a library, running a restaurant, or even mowing their lawn -- and that is how power becomes theirs. We as humans, with our love for music, have designed ways to preserve its beauty, that it may seek audience long after it's been originally performed.
Music is often intended for an audience, but it can also reward its benefactor. The musicians who play music do so because it makes them feel good. Playing music can make the musician feel as energetic as gliding down a ski slope, as sad as losing a good friend, or as mindlessly entertained as pushing a Slinky down a flight of stairs. It can be as big as you want, or as small as you want. A hundred musicians on a crowded stage can come alive and fill your heart with music, even if the stage and the musicians are all mere figments of your own imagination.