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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: The Night Orchestra
By Brenda Welc


The Night Orchestra


The middle of nowhere.

The breeze is gently blowing. All the stars are out. The moon is crescent. The smell in the air is magnificent. The cool night air feels calming against my skin. There is no better place to be than here. God has provided such splendor even in the dark veil of nighttime. The city is a million miles away, itís just me and nature. Just me and God.


Do you hear that? An owl whoos in the stillness. Whatís that? Oh just the trickle of the river nearby. The sounds of crickets blend in with the whispering of tall grass near the river bend. The rustle of leaves in the distance provides just enough curiosity to the listening ear. There are so many amazing sounds in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night that my excitement rises with each new noise.

Listen again......

Do you hear the whippoorwill? Do you hear that distant repeating thud? Could it be a beaver repairing his dam? Oh! I think I hear a woodpecker up for a midnight snack. The rustle over there must have been a raccoon, they know not the ways of being quiet in the night. The locust have now begun their endless chatter in the night, harmonizing quite nicely with the rest of the ever flowing symphony. Oh how I wish it could be this way always, quiet yet so alive with sounds everywhere.

Itís hard to concentrate on just one sound. It seems like they all need to be there or it wouldnít be the same. God is such a wonderful creator. Only God could take a thousand different creatures and motions and create such a wonderful orchestra of fabulous sounds for us to enjoy.

Now listen just one more time.......

The sun is coming up and more creatures are beginning to stir. Some of the sounds are fading but they are replaced by new ones. The deer in the distance looks at me with such wonder and I him. The squirrels have begun their hunt for food and the hawks are heard in the distance searching for breakfast. So as night turns into day the sound of music changes. The music turns from the Night Orchestra to the Daytime Percussion. The sounds are more vibrant and less cautious, the perfect combination for the great outdoors. I am staying here forever.

What? Time to go?

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Joanne Sher 03/18/07
Really enjoyed this take on the topic. Your descriptions were just lovely. I felt like I was right there, and like your main character, I had NO desire to leave!
Cralla Romero03/19/07
This was a great and exciting piece. well written. Keep up the good work.
Myrna Noyes03/20/07
I love the night sounds you so delightfully portrayed in this engaging piece! What beautiful, natural music Creation sings and plays for us! Good job! :)
Sara Harricharan 03/21/07
I don't want to leave either! This is my fave sentence splendor even in the dark veil of nighttime It kind of reminds me of Arabian Nights. Great descriptions and good setting. One tip would be to remember all 5 senses. I don't recall any familiar smells...but it fits the topic just right. ^_^
Loren T. Lowery03/21/07
It takes a sensitive soul to be in tune to the sounds of the universe. It takes a creative one to express it as well as you did here. Good job. Keep up the writing! (and, of course, the listening)
Julie Arduini03/21/07
Ah...listen. Do you hear? This is us loving your work! This was so well done. I enjoyed it immensely.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge03/22/07
Congratulations on your Place of Honor! Your entry was very creative and well written.
william price03/26/07
Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your entry. As one of the judges for Music, I thought The Night Orchestra was one of my favorites of all, and I read them all, the entries in all categories. Be encouraged. God bless.
Elizabeth Baize04/07/07
Brenda, this piece was beautiful! You drew me in and caused me to listen right along with you. I especially loved the line "quiet yet so alive with sounds everywhere." Keep up the good work!
Clyde Blakely04/12/07
Wonderful and colorful, full of the night sounds transitioning to day. I love the night sounds and was drawn in with your description. Thank you.

God bless and keep writing.
Jacquelyn Horne07/07/07
What a wonderful description of God's nature. Nighttime in the country is a wonderful experience.