Trumpetlore, music doesn't reach out across cultures, race or age. It IS culture, timeless and race free. It is a medium for communication provided there is someone listening. Unlike languages, it needs no translation, unlike paintings it is infinitely variable in its presentation, unlike law there is no "right" and "wrong", unlike human beings it does not wither up and die. True musicians are the culture bridges, able to communicate with anyone. Musical maturity gives an internal satisfaction that is unmatched by any other art form or human state. Music does not betray, it is not fickle, it is available for any level of understanding. It needs no excuse or reason for its existence. Music provides infinite opportunities to those willing to let it. I can only encourage all TMers to treat music with the respect that it deserves. Even mouthpieces and embouchures are insignificant in comparison.