I've heard it said that music should not be confused with emotion. I disagree.

Music is intimately connected with emotion. If it wasn't, what would the point of it be? Music cannot be made without emotion, triggers emotion in the listener, and is spun from the essence of the feelings of its writers and performers. The two are completely intertwined.

Sure, some is more intellectual and some is less complex, more simple and honest, but all connects with the emotions and that is what music is about. To be technically sound is just one part of one form of music, and without the emotion put into the conversion of notes on paper into music, a piece would be mathematical and lifeless; pointless noise.
Sure, I don't like some music which is, according to my taste, unmusical. But so long as someone, somewhere, feels something by it, it could be justified.

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I believe music is in the ear. In the same way as one might think bird song is just irritating noise, while some enjoy the peace of natural sounds, the type of music one person enjoys may not be music to the next person. And is it because of varying intelligence between people? Do all smart people naturally prefer classical music, because it is more likely to be clever and complex? No. People are not matched with music by their brain power- rather it reaches them on an emotional level.

Listening to music is not like being at school. We do it for pleasure, because we get something out of it other than just its technical complexity. While we study to achieve a result, only overstep our reasonable boundaries when time constraints force us to. Why, then, do people fumble around on pianos trying to find the right chords, even when their frustration threatens to boil over? What inspires people to keep pressing their fingers against guitar-strings even though it hurts, and still enjoy doing it? It's not something lifeless and mathematical. Do people act the same way at concerts as they do at school?

If they did, perhaps they shouldn't be at the concert. A concert is like a massive swimming pool- something to become totally immersed in, unlike the usual feeling of life. We lose ourselves in the sound, the crowd, fill the voids within us that have longed to experience the music on a higher level. We come out refreshed. This effect is impossible to understand until you feel it, and cannot fully be described. Such is the effect of music on those who feel it.

Music is something you cannot touch, but can certainly feel. It is sorrow and anger, drawing on our pain and heartache with enough force to draw tears. It is the expression of love and longing, and the appreciation of beauty.
By it things are expressed which otherwise could not be. Throughout the Bible, people sing to God because the music helps them pour even more wonder, gratitude and emotion into their praise.

Music becomes an emotional being in its own right, once it has been written. It preserves a feeling we once had, reminds us of it, and helps us take the burden of that feeling off our chests. It connects composer and performer and audience in a communication of feeling without the three even knowing each other. Felix Mendelssohn didn't know Peter Nagy, and Peter Nagy didn't know me, but I still feel the beauty of their creation. Music brings people together to create something bigger than both of them, and which can span any number of generations.

Music is not a physical being, rather it is something much more. It connects with people on an emotional level, thus making it musical in their opinion. It is a vehicle of explaining, expressing and releasing emotions, understanding the feelings of others and ourselves, and bringing people together in the creation of something beautiful, which in turn inspires others. Music itself may not be emotion, but without emotion, it would not be music.