“We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams,

Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams.

World-losers and world-forsakers, Upon whom the pale moon gleams;

Yet we are the movers and shakers, Of the world forever, it seems.”

― Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy

The creation of a basic rhythm, and the movement of the human body in time with that rhythm (dancing) has been around since the dawn of humanity. Images of humans carrying drum like objects and possibly dancing have been found in cave paintings.

Things have progressed a bit since then! Music has evolved and diversified in to an infinate number of forms.

It is all pervading, affecting every aspect of our lives, whether we like it or not. Film scores, TV and radio advertising, even whilst waiting to speak to someone on the telephone - there is no escaping music.


Ask 100 people what music means to them, and you will probably recieve 100 completely different replies, ranging from 'Nothing' to 'I love music'. Ask 100 musicians, songwriters, lyricists etc. what it means to them, and the range of replies will be somewhat narrower, 'It's my life' being a common opinion.