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The Indescribable Language: Why Does Music Often Resonate With Us More Deeply Than Words?

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” – Victor Hugo

Have you ever been so enraptured in a song that you momentarily forget all of your trials, all of your accomplishments, and all of your plans? When you were at your lowest, did you ever hear a song that sparked hope and that refreshed your soul? Have you ever been in a place where the song fit in perfectly with the moment, whether on a date, shopping at Christmas, or reading a book?

Music is a language that I know so well, yet cannot put into words. Since I was a little kid I have loved the expression and poetry of music. It is a magical, mysterious, medicinal, and spiritual expression that goes beyond this external world. Nothing compares to writing a song or listening to a song that resonates with the human spirit.

My favorite album of all-time is “The Unforgettable Fire” by U2. So many memories flood my mind when each track rolls through, the haunting melodies and the contemplative undertone throughout the album made such a powerful impact on me when I first heard it at the age of 15. To this day, the music stirs my soul and reminds me that I’m more than just flesh and bone. It’s a reminder that there’s more to life than just existing.

Music reminds us that we are souls created in the image of the Creator, not just mere accidents floating through space and time. It’s through a song that we express passion, longing, pain, and worship. Without the human spirit, we would have no need for such a language as music.

What artists, bands, composers, and vocalists have had the greatest impact on your life and why?

When you are hurting, which album do you engage on your iPod?

When your heart longs for God, what music resonates with such a deep and indescribable desire?