In the pages of this Devotional are writings that have deeply inspired and shaped our musical, educational and spiritual lives. Having been collecting these types of writings for nearly 50 years, this collection has truly been a lifetime in the making and will continue to inspire our lives. So wishing to share these writings with all those who love music, we felt that a Daily Devotional would be the best format in which to do so. We enjoy reading devotionals and a short reading at the beginning of our day often helps set the tone for the day in a positive way. May this Devotional serve you well in a similar way. While many write with great insight on the subjects of how we think, how we learn, how we love and how we live, we have found such inspiration in the most unexpected places. The few words on a wall hanging in our grandmother’s kitchen, “You are Thy Thoughts,” found a permanent place in our hearts. May the writings of this devotional serve as daily inspiration for you and find a meaningful place in your hearts and thoughts regarding music and life. In our lives, we continue to learn so much about the gift, the power, the meaning and the learning of music. At the same time, the great pianist and teacher, Franz Liszt, said that in playing the piano, “we so easily become preoccupied with the manual work of playing that we forget to rise again to the source.” To take his thought a step further, we have often found ourselves so preoccupied with the “manual work” of life that we forget to “rise to the source” of life. Thanks in part to these writings, we are able to continually renew our appreciation and gratitude for the gift of life, the gift of love and in the case of this Devotional, the gift of music. In a word, music is a “gift” and as another has expressed “the universal language of mankind.“ Experiencing this universal gift, in the hands of children and great artists alike, has inspired us beyond words. We have seen music lift the soul, give voice to the heart, foster an ever expanding vision of the gift of life and even save lives. We need music and we need the continuing guidance of those great artists in our midst and those who have come before to show us the way to “the source.“ In the words of the great German composer, Robert Schumann, “when you think you have an original idea, think again.“ There is no doubt in our minds that the “origin” of so many deeply meaningful thoughts in our lives have come from others. May this devotional, comprised of the words of many others, bring you an ever deepening understanding of love for music and for life.