“[When] humans come together for any reason, music is there: weddings, funerals, graduation from college, men marching off to war, stadium sporting events, a night on the town, prayer, a romantic dinner, mothers rocking their infants to sleep … music is a part of the fabric of everyday life.” Daniel J. Levitin, THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC
This piano was in the Eurostar station in London. The keyboard lid, opened, asks: “Play me, I’m yours.” This tiny virtuoso was highly skilled at capturing crowds of attention as he tinkered with the keys.
Since I’m focused on language and culture here: According to Karen Sprey of gizmag: “It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words but the same image can have different meanings across cultures. Music, however, may bridge the cultural divide: a new study has shown that regardless of culture or previous exposure, people were accurately able to recognize three emotions in Western music – happiness, sadness and fear.”
Sprey, Karen. “Music Really Is a Universal Language.” Gizmag, n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2012.