The wise 92-year-old, internationally renowned conductor Herbert Blomstedt said recently in an interview: “Music is a very spiritual art. I don’t say religious; it’s spiritual, because music exists only in the air.”
And music is in the air in our community. Although concert halls, school music rooms, auditoriums, houses of worship, and other venues for music are closed for now in the Philadelphia area, we know people are making music in living rooms, playrooms, kitchens, backyards, and even closets.
We know because we’ve seen the wonderful creative videos on social media; we know because we’ve heard the music wafting through the rooms of our houses. People of all ages in our region are singing and playing instruments, making music for the pure joy of it. We want to help share that joy.
Using the hashtag #WRTILOVESLOCAL, we invite you to share your videos—from the professionals to the amateurs, from conservatory students to the teenagers missing their spring concerts, shows, and recitals —to the little kids stuck at home.
Why are we doing this? Because it really is true: music brings us together, makes us smile, even laugh, and shines a light.
My daughter sent me a video of my 2-year-old grandson at the piano singing "The Wheels on the Bus." I can’t quite understand the words, and to be clear, he does not yet know how to play the piano. But from his singing, I can follow the tune and the rhythm. He happily strikes the keys, sings gustily, holding the last note, and making a little flourish on the keyboard. Watching the video, I laughed, and my heart swelled with happiness. I know ... I’m his grandmother. But I’m ever so grateful that music is in our lives.