This year, I started to learn how to read piano notes. And it blows my mind to realize that someone had composed a song 250 years ago, and I, a novice who has never heard the tune before, can still read their notes and make sense of it and bring alive their song. Isn’t that the most magical thing? That something that is as intangible and transient as music can actually be written down, and by that very process be made almost eternal in some sense. That their notes were a medium for the people from the past to not only grasp their musical ideas, but actually pass them on across centuries. How mind blowing is that!