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YES, this is a serious post. And no, I am not under the influence of anything! Honest. There really is a point. And it will make perfect sense in the end. No Koolaid required.

What do aliens, aborigines, and the Waltz King all have in common?

NO, not a mountain-shaped pile of mashed potatoes.

It’s the one universal language … Music.

Music as an alien language…

At the end of Close Encounters, the aliens communicate with us earthlings using musical notes. OK. I know. That’s science fiction, but it rings true for a reason. Music is precise, like mathematics, and follows strict rules. Yet we’re able to appreciate music, whether we comprehend the rules or not. We “feel” music. It speaks to us intuitively as well as physically. Music is a way to communicate without words. Got it? OK, let’s move on…

Music as a mystical force…

In the movie Australia, the aboriginal Shaman uses music to guide and direct people and things. The Shaman and his grandson Nullah (a shaman in the making) have the power to “sing” things to or away from them. In one scene Nullah changes the course of a stampeding herd of cattle through song, and in another scene he brings his beloved adoptive family back together with music. That might have sounded far fetched before quantum physics came along. But quantum physics proved that everything is energy, vibrating at different frequencies. Somethings vibrate faster, other things slower. Music is sound waves, sound that connects all life. In the following film clip, Nullah “sings” Sarah (Nicole Kidman) back to to him and Drover (Hugh Jackman). Still with me? Good. Still skeptical? Hear me out…

Music as pure emotion…

If the other examples were too “Hollywood” for you, maybe this will get you on board. Would you believe in the universal power of music if you witnessed stadiums packed with everyone smiling and dancing in the aisles, country after country, all to the same music? Andre Rieu (the Waltz King) and his orchestra elicit that response from audiences all over the world on a regular basis. Seeing the effect his music has on people, no matter where they live or what language they speak, made me realize music is a true universal language. This coming Wednesday I’ll feature several clips from Andre Rieu concerts around the world, so you can see (and decide) for yourself.

Until then…

What’s your most powerful musical experience?

Inquiring minds want to know!!!