I do not know the source for this but I kept it in my email because I thought it was nice and I hope you will too
Can you imagine what it was like when the Bais HaMikdash stood? Do you realize what we are missing? When there was a Bais HaMikdash and the Shchinah was in Yerushalayim. There was such clarity, such beauty, such Divine nderstanding - all were influenced by the presence of Hashem amongst us.
The Cohen Gadol was able to answer our predicaments, the status of every Jew was clear - no one doubted where he came from. We knew where we were at all times on the ladder of Avodas Hashem. If we sinned, there was a way to be forgiven. When Yom Kippur was over we really felt like malachim,because we knew that our Teshuva was accepted. It was so clear.
The music from the Bais HaMikdash reverberated in all of Yerushalayim. No need for the sounds that are called music today. It was ethereal, it rose to heaven with beautiful kavanos, taking along with it prayers, our praises, our worshipping Love of HaKadosh Baruch Hu. That was music!