Through the increasing study and practise of Christian Science, mortal thought is undergoing a gradual change of base in its reasoning with respect to every form of human activity and occupation. As a clearer understanding of God and man's relation to Him is gained, there comes to the individual a purification of sense; he is actuated by better motives and aims, has a keener, more intelligent desire for improvement along all lines of human betterment. Music has always played a very active and prominent part in human affairs, and when we realize what a far-reaching influence it exercises among all the people, we can readily see that a system of thought which inculcates a right apprehension of spiritual truth, which points ever to the one spiritual cause, must sooner or later beneficially affect all who are interested in music, whether as composer, performer, or listener.

While appreciating the work of the great past masters of music, their sincere desire to give to the world a high, fine thought, musically expressed, we cannot ignore the fact that incidentally they have portrayed, and as graphically as possible, all the weaknesses, sorrows, miseries, and even hates of human experience, together with its nobler impulses. Only here and there have they risen above the trammels of mortal sense and given us that which is permanently uplifting, which more nearly approaches to inspiration, which is born of a glimpse of Truth. To this extent their music has been free from mortal limitations and sensual appeal; it is fluent and spontaneous, the true improvisation. Mrs. Eddy has beautifully expressed the freedom and power given us when we listen responsively to the voice of Truth. "Spirit, God," she writes, "is heard when the senses are silent. ... The influence or action of Soul confers a freedom, which explains the phenomena of improvisation and the fervor of untutored lips" (Science and Health, p. 89).

March 22, 1913

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