You guys don’t know how to dream small, do you!  Kudos on the site and everything you’re doing!  I think the idea for a Universal Music Day is a stellar one.  I’ve been a musician of sorts for many years and I recognize the power music has to unite people.  Music is a powerful and constant force in everyone’s lives, even those that claim not to be musically inclined.

I play the drums and other percussion instruments, and I’ve always been interested in how music, its rhythmic elements in particular, have the ability to instantly alter our mood, our perceptions, and our general state of wel-being.  I’m not a particularly spiritual person, but I do think music, among other artistic expressions, has the ability to lift human consciousness to a level beyond it’s normal resting state, and bring people into a state of harmony they might not otherwise achieve.  It’s an expression that lies beyond sight, the sense we most rely on for day-to-day survival.  Therefore it might stimulate centers of the brain we use less frequently.  Whether there’s any truth to that is anybody’s guess, but I think it’s poetic, and at least frames music in a different, more potent light.

We have a day to honor the earth in it’s entirety, as well as a day set aside to simply honor trees.  A day to honor something as ubiquitous and compelling as music is long overdue.  Keep up the good work!

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