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"Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend."

- Ludwig van Beethoven, 1810
"We are living in critical times that will require highly creative solutions. Music is an essential ingredient for helping us cultivate that creativity. The more work I do around the world - using mainstream music and film platforms to drive social awareness, the more surprised I am at how so many of today's thought leaders and decision makers have lost touch with the innate power of music to help us develop more intelligent, creative and compassionate societies. For the most part, we have narrowed our view of music to see it through two fundamental lenses: as commodity or as entertainment."    - Frank Fitzpatrick, Creator of WHY MUSIC™

The Seeds Of Compassion: On The Path To Ending Slavery

By Frank Fitzpatrick .   Huffington Post 08/03/2016 04:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

"When I was a child growing up in Detroit, my Irish Catholic mother tried to instill in me a deep respect for two principles: Prayer and Humility. She wasn’t promoting them from a mindset of lacking or weakness. Rather, as a way to cultivate unwavering faith and gratitude, laying the foundation for courage, compassion and a deeper connection to all living beings. Like Saint Francis of Assisi, after whom she named me, Mom saw prayer and humility as guiding principles for a virtuous life.  . . . .

A seemingly simple video: a collection of images, an old Vedic prayer, a few words from historic visionaries, and a original piece of music, was already shifting the listening of leaders and touching the hearts of millions of people around the world. By Illuminating each slave depicted in the video as a divine light - a brother or sister who we would welcome into our hearts and home, we are instilling greater compassion and opening up the possibility for a new kind of dialog and innovative solutions for a more humane and inclusive future."

WHY Music
WHY Music is an ongoing initiative to provide people with the awareness, understanding and tools to harness the powerful benefits of music in all the areas of their lives.
Following his introduction to the alumni and graduates of Singularity University at NASA, EarthTones founder Frank Fitzpatrick officially launched WHY Music in Autumn 2012. Fitzpatrick and his team were committed to address the gap that existed between the tremendous benefits of music to individuals and society and the understanding and application of those benefits to their development, success and wellbeing.
As part of that commitment, Fitzpatrick and EarthTones have created a series of regularly published articles; led live talks, think tanks, and workshops around the world; piloted the first Social and Emotional Learning curriculum for underserved middle-school students; produced a short film and collection of inspiring videos; and helped facilitate national campaigns supporting music in health and education.