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Topic: Note (02/07/13)
TITLE: Somewhere Between the Melody And Harmony
By Francie Snell
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I readied myself, breathing in a full chest of air, for the song that would soon burst forth. The rest of the congregation began to sing the melodious words, and I, with gusto, let out a peculiar note all my own. It was somewhere between the melody and harmony, but failing to agree with either one. It seemed to bound out of my throat, taking on a life of its own, loud and clear for all the angels to hear.
The man standing in front of me turned around with a startled expression, as if I had just made a bomb threat. Paul turned his face slightly towards me with a tender smile and gently patted my hand placed on the pew in front of us. The man turned back around to face ahead, as I decreased my volume.
I have always been a first soprano with an ear for the melody, so that is what I have always sung. However, now, my spirit is on a quest for new horizons as my voice is no longer able to hit the high notes. So I venture in my mind, “I’ll learn to sing harmony!” Well, the problem with that is, I really don’t have the ear for it nor find the right note unless I am sitting near someone who does. Therefore, I struggle, wavering somewhere between the notes, in an ocean of despair.
Please bear with me now as I share with you the relation I find between music and writing.
Music evokes so many emotions in me, and I find that good writing does the same. Writing has a tone, a rhythm, sometimes a rhyme. The mood it sets and the impression it leaves on the reader is so much like one of a song.
I am often uncertain which chords to use. There is music in a story that resonates in the soul if wisely written. Taking a simple sentence and shaping it with the appropriate nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. can make it ring or, it may lay flat on the page without making any impact. So, I go into my trusty Thesaurus asking myself, ”mmm…what word shall I use here?” To me, a single word can make all the difference in the world. It can make the writing either pop or flop.
It is similar to writing a song with lame lyrics, bad singing, and musical instrumentation that are off beat vs. something of divine inspiration...
…something that rings with beauty… Ah, the quest of a Christian writer.
Therefore, I aspire to find the right notes in writing, singing both melody and harmony. Then, God willing, I will add the piano, violin, French horn, and maybe the harmonica (I’m not sure about that one yet)… definitely not the cymbals, but an occasional drum roll might be okay.
To conclude, I will state that, it is my endeavor, through writing, to sing and play music for the heart, and just maybe, I will hit the right note.
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