A melody is not merely something you can hum.
So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.
To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.'
If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong.