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Without music life would be a mistake.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Music is the best means we have of digesting time,” Igor Stravinsky once remarked. Studies have long shown that playing music benefits the brain more than any other activity. We also know that the human relationship to sound begins early - in the womb. The fetus matures in an environment full of sound - of breath, heartbeat, rhythm and vibration. 

Yet, the evolutionary purpose of music still remains a mystery. What we do know is that music is as old as we are and pervades all cultures. 

Humans are thought to have sung even before they learned how to speak. And singing plays an integral role in the history of many species such as birds and whales. We also know that listening to music enraptures our brain, increasings its vitality. 

Hence, music is like breathing—all pervasive. It is a core human experience and allows for unique expression of social ties and strengthens the feeling of connectedness. 

But, more than that, music works over the human spirit and stands as a supreme manifestation of our humanity. For this week's blog post, I have gathered here a collection of songs by some of my favorite musicians. 

My hope is that in a world full of turmoil, these songs uplift your spirit, bringing you hope and a bit of nostalgia — please enjoy.

Music Can Pierce the Heart Directly. It Needs No Mediation
— Oliver Sacks
Music is at once the most wonderful, the most alive of all the arts — it is the most abstract, the most perfect, the most pure — and the most sensual. I listen with my body and it is my body that aches in response to the passion and pathos embodied in this music.
— Susan Sontag

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