I found these quotes while working on my research regarding Joseph Funk.
Taken from "The Southern Musical Advocate and Musician's Friend," May, 1860.
"MUSIC-WHAT IS IT? It is the language of Heaven! the medium of feeling! the solace of the lot of all! a flower of perennial bloom. Take her away from earth, and dark would be our passage to the tomb. Life would be a gloomy period and the world a barren waste."
A little flowery....but has a couple good points.
Another good one:
“Like woman, another of heaven’s gifts to man, it [music] 'doubles our joys and divides our sorrows;’ and, like her too, it finds its most appropriate place and its sweetest influence, in the bosom of the family.”
I'll leave you to think about that one!