What is Music?

Peoples, Cultures, Scholars, Entire nations have debated for years on what music is and how music defines who they are or who they are not…or who they wish they were or could be.  People have debated about whether or not music is language or language is music…I could go on and on.  But what is music to you?  How do you define it?  How would your music define you?  A great quote from Karl Paulneck

I have come to understand that music is not part of “arts and entertainment” as the newspaper section would have us believe. It’s not a luxury, a lavish thing that
we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make
sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can’t with our
– Karl Paulneck

How do you define music?

2 thoughts on “What is Music?

  1. Music is a lot like food and drink for me. I can go without for a time, but eventually I gotta have some or I get pretty grouchy!

  2. DJ, this exercise has really messed me up. After trying to define music, I think that it defies being placed into a simple definition. However, like most people, I know if it is music or not when I “hear” it.

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