“I’ve found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow.”
Bryce W. Anderson

In my last post, I wrote about the power of silence, stillness and calm to help us navigate our busy lives. I passionately believe in the importance of finding those moments of peace and quiet for ourselves. I also think that we can benefit the most from something when we also experience its opposite.

Here’s a great example. In a place where nothing but silence is expected, in this case the library of the University of Florence, springs unexpectedly the joy of beautiful music.

“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”
Samuel Johnson, The Idler; Poems


Ok, I know this just happens to play to my love of Flashmobs. But I adore the way in which the developing music draws everyone in to a joyful and unforgettable shared experience. I can imagine that the subsequent atmosphere of the library, amidst the resettling of stillness, would nevertheless be alive with the magical mingling of all those soaring notes and wide smiles. Fabulous. 🙂



“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
Frederick Delius

14 thoughts on ““Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: celebrating the power of performance to bring us all together

  1. Wouldn’t you have loved to have done that in your violin days! You did go busking after all! Love your illustration, Liz. Xx

      1. No I don’t think so. Everyone would have been more ‘straight laced’ then. Especially in a library! X

    1. Wouldn’t it have been great if we could have compared what they would have written without the musical interlude, compared with what they actually did write. I bet the latter was greatly enhanced!

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