Hmm, I understand what you're saying - as I was saying in another thread yesterday I think the fact that I was brought up an athiest makes it very hard for me to accept the spritual side of life. I'm overly cynical about it basically, but at the same time I do acknoledge it, appreciate it, enjoy it and strive to 'tap into it' myself. Anyhow, I cant agree that it's neccessarily a "higher" source as such, just that these great musicians and composers were/are able to channel what's inside them through their instrument in a profound manor. I really have a problem with the "higher source" bit. If everyone has that in them, then it is not a higher source. These artists are only unqiue because they can channel whatever it is from within, not because they have 'it' - like you said. I just cant accept that it's a "higher" source of anything. Cal it raw humanity, raw emotion and I can ciope with the terminology. Note: this is my hang up with spritual terminology, nothing more!