"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." Ludwig van Beethoven
Orpheus was a poet and a musician. He was the "father of songs," the son of the Muse, and a student of Apollo, the god of music. Through his music, Orpheus was able to charm, inspire, and move every being. Even the waves danced to his tune.
We'd be remiss not to dwell for a moment on this crucial detail. I have no original insight into the significance of his talent but offer up the following words from others who have tried to express the mystery of music, and its source in what I call "soul."
" Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. Oscar Wilde
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Alduos Huxley
"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." Plato
"Without music, life would be an error." Friedrich Nietzsche
"Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite." Thomas Carlyle
"The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.'" Aaron Copland
"I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music." George Eliot
"When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest." Henry David Thoreau
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." Charlie Parker
"Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?" Leonardo DaVinci
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." Albert Schweitzer