Because of their deep roots and the fact that they bear witness to so much of life on Earth, trees have much to teach us. Indeed, life itself is often depicted as a great tree with many branches; the tree of life.
One of the things that trees can teach us is that life and death are not fixed events but rather processes that occur over time.
Just outside the town of Stradivari, Italy there is a forest, with trees from which the famed Stradivarius violins are carved. The town itself is home to dozens of the world’s greatest violin makers. The wood from which the violins are carved is held to be still alive in important essential ways.
Each year, world class violinists come to the town and perform a concert in the forest. The purpose of the festival is to allow the trees in the forest to hear the sweet sound of their brother or sister tree now incarnated as a Stradivarius violin.