Music & Language: An Analogy

I often describe music as a language; it is in my opinion the purest of all. Of course, and as just as in any other languages, it is a medium of communication. Music expresses ideas and opinions, as well as the mind and the heart. And there are no translations needed. Indeed, the richness of it resides in its universality and ability to be felt and understood by all, on many levels. Although history has tried to tie music to human ideas — political, social etc. — , it stands on its own. So, what are the points of similitude between this language, and let’s say English for instance? And how is music indeed…