Across Australia today, in an event organised by the Federal Government, thousands of children all sang the same song at the same time. Apparently, this initiative was prompted by a finding that large numbers of schoolchildren don't regularly experience music personally.
What struck me in the report I heard was one girl who said “music is the essence of life”.
I think music is really the most basic, the strongest, expression of human emotion.
Here's an arbitrary list of 21 pieces of music expressing a wide range of emotion. If you haven't heard any of these, let me know.
Call me – House Of Love
Unforgettable fire – U2
Last goodbye – Jeff Buckley
Famous last words – Tears For Fears
No love lost – Warsaw
Good morning how are you – Moir Sisters
Flower duet (Delibes, from Lakme) – Lesley Garret
Non, Pagliaccio non son (Leoncavallo, from Pagliacci) – Pavarotti
Miss Sarajevo – Passengers
Sketch for summer – Durutti Column
Metamorphosen (Richard Strauss) – Richard Stamp/Academy of London
Whole of the moon – Waterboys
Myrrh – The Church
Cousin/Angel – Jack Frost
Born to run – Bruce Springsteen
Surf's up – Beach Boys
She speeds – Straightjacket Fits
You don't own me – Lesley Gore or Dusty Springfield
Ship song – Nick Cave
Randolph's going home – Shayne Carter & Peter Jeffries
Theresa's sound world – Sonic Youth