Where music is concerned, it is not so much our intellectual understanding that matters, as the feelings aroused in us by the sounds, vibrations and harmonies. Do we understand the song of birds, of running water, or of the wind in the branches? No, but they captivate us and fill us with wonder.
It is always better to sing songs in their original language: even if you do not understand them, there is a special relationship between the words and the music, and translation destroys this relationship.
Music is not made to be understood, but to be felt.
Even when it is accompanied by words, it is what we feel that is most important. Of course, it is even better if the two – understanding and feeling – go hand in hand, but it is our feeling that matters most.