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Topic: Music (03/08/07)
TITLE: Black and White Magic
By Amy Fritz
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Sometimes, my mother and I would play and sing together. I still remember the big yellow songbook with the picture of a man playing a banjo on the front, and the music inside, round notes dancing on their stems, which somehow turned into fun melodies as my mother’s fingers expertly found the right keys. I loved to yell “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt!” at the appropriate place in one of the songs and laugh hysterically.
I remember once entering the living room as I heard my mother play “Silent Night” on the piano. I believe it was the first time I had ever heard the melody. It invoked such a strange feeling in me, either unbearably great joy, or unbearably great sadness, that I begged her to stop. I simply couldn’t handle the intensity of emotion that I felt.
As a writer, one of my goals is to capture the feeling that I get from hearing a particular piece of music. Classical piano remains my favorite, but I have a true appreciation and love for every kind. It has been the greatest blessing to me in my life, and I know that the magic that of a lovely song, sending chills down my spine, is only a small glimpse of what my creator can do.
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