Recently, while sorting through some boxes, I discovered a notebook containing a program about music in American life I helped two of my children put together many years ago for an event about nineteenth century America. Music is woven into the fabric of American life from its earliest days, and like its people, is a reflection of the many cultures, ethnicities, and experiences that created American life.

Music is also woven into the fabric of my life.

My earliest memories of music include my mother playing the piano. I loved music classes in school, learned to read music, sang alto in the school chorus, and played clarinet in band. I participated in music ministry in church. For a few years, I gave beginning piano lessons to children, I taught music in a Christian school, and led a children’s music ministry in church. The music I perform will never be recorded for publication, but music has given me much inspiration, joy, and encouragement.

I believe music is a gift from God that adds color to life. It speaks love, beauty, joy, pain, and pathos. It touches the inner being of a person in a way that words cannot. Most of us have heard it said that “music is a universal language.”

I choose to listen to and play certain genres of music even I as I chose to read certain genres of literature. My favorites are hymns and gospel songs of the Christian faith and classics of great composers of the past.

I can’t imagine what life would be without music.

Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”