Thirty-four hours: three planes, two layovers, and one car ride until I reached my new home in Mori. It has been about one year since my most recent visit, and this time, I will be staying for much longer than three weeks. When the plane landed in Rajahmundry, I saw the smiling faces of Carly (another American missionary) and Shreya (Smart Village team member). These two ladies and Headmaster Kishore picked me up, and we stopped to get lunch and coffee before heading to Mori.
Many argue that music is, in fact, NOT a universal language. The vast diversity of music around the world is astounding, and within each region, culture, and subculture, the "music language" varies greatly. While this is true, I would also add that the human tendency for music IS universal. We embody rhythm in our walking, sleeping, and waking and we communicate in melodic phrases and cadences. In my experience as a music therapist, I have learned that one of the key factors