Martin Luther said "I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music, for she alone, after theology, can do what otherwise only theology can accomplish, namely, quiet and cheer up the soul of man, which is clear evidence that the devil, the originator of depressing worries and troubled thoughts, flees from the voice of music just as he flees from the words of theology. For this very reason the prophets cultivated no art so much as music in that they attached their theology not to geometry, nor to arithmetic, nor to astronomy, but to music, speaking the truth through psalms and hymns."--perhaps that's an angle for your second idea.
I'm not musically inclined, but I'm continually reminded about music's spiritual power, not only from Christians but also from people whose spirituality is as diverse as Einstein to your guest Mr. Ivakhiv who noted music's "magical effect on people." I, for one, would be intensely interested in hearing a discussion about what it is about the intrinsitc nature of music that allows it speak and enliven the soul.
This is an important discussion to have given the transition humans have gone through in recent years. Whereas throughout human history groups and families would gather together and sing, modern people now gather together and merely listen to music through speakers. So the follow-up question for me is this: does living in a media age where people purchase and play music instead of singing it themselves like in ages past have an effect on the vibrancy of our spiritual lives and our experience of God?
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