The question of defining music is a large one. Furthermore, it's one with no definitive answer. Yet, this is part of the beauty of what makes music so great in its own right for Los Angeles and around the world.
Music is the here and the now. It is the future, the past, and the present individually as well as all three together as one in harmony. Music is often unexpected, and also frequently the very song already suddenly playing in your head.
Sure, music is limitless, almost by definition. Yet, it is also fair to say music is form and structure with rules often already predefined. Often too these rules are re-defined as a work is in progress. This creates a familiar feeling for anyone who has taken on virtually any project.
Music is held in time by the beat, propelled ahead by the rhythm (and also held back again), conveyed by the melody, and, on occasion even perhaps best forgotten by the next morning. But we rarely truly fully forget in full because of the love. Music represents better days as we move forward in time. Music though also represents the "retro" nostalgia via the better days that once were here. Meanwhile, music can always help represent forgetting our troubles today by finding joy in the moment.
Most of all, music is the best - now, then and always.
When you define music, are you defining music or are you defining yourself? Does your taste define you or who you want to be? Or does it imply at all what you want others to see as you?
Most likely, do you simply love the sounds and, perhaps, while you enjoy these questions as you live in them, you're also most likely aware that you are no closer to a literal ultimate answer to an existential question than this writer was when when he picked up a pencil and began composing his initial thoughts as a musician on this month's abstract topic.
It may not literally be newsworthy by any stretch of the imagination but perhaps you'll find somehow that that this piece has hopefully inspired you to write, to play, or even just to enjoy hearing what we all seem universally to agree upon, which is the existence of this beautiful thing, of what so many love in our lives: somehow may you be just a little more inspired by that lovely thing called music each and every day.