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A Story About Music
It's kind of a fairy tale. It compares the impressions whe have when we listen to music to the feeling we have when we are in love with someone.
Luis Carlos Silva/Lyn
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A Story About Music
Luis Carlos Silva/Lyn
This story is about music.
A long time ago..there was a place
where people lived silently doing their work and writing down their rules.
Everything was regular, gray and very quiet: the sky, the Earth, the people.
Things seemed to have no rhythm, because no one could hear the sound of Nature.
They could only hear the sound of their hands working and their voices talking.
This place had always been this way..
One day, out of nowhere, a girl started singing.
And she had this beautiful..inspiring voice..that touched everybody's hearts.
They had never heard something like that before. It was magic.
Suddenly, something very strange happened..
The words began to jump out of the papers. They gained life and jumped out of the dictionaries and other books, leaving the pages almost blank.
Adjectives, nouns, adverbs, all words were flying and blowing in the wind
like leaves falling from a tree.
People felt extremelly good, their senses were improved and everybody started hearing things.
They were amazed to listen to the new colorful sounds the girl was singing.
Everybody stopped to listen to her...
But they were also confused because they began to hear the sounds of Nature.
Until that day they hadn't noticed these sounds.
Thunder,birds, the wind, the sea...everything..
The words didn't make much sense anymore, because all books were quite empty:
the vowels and consonants, entire phrases were all gone.
Only the numbers remained in the books.
They started getting worried:
- What are we going to do now ? Our books are useless without words - someone said.
- I don't remember the rules... - someone else complained.
- I don't remember all words ..
- Oh my God ! We're losing the whole vocabulary !
There were words flying all over the place.
The girl was very happy, though.
Singing with her beautiful voice...walking down the streets ..then she went to the forest and there she stayed...
- That girl has got something in her voice - someone said.
- Did you see that ? the words are going away with her.. look again ! the words are in the air... how is this possible ?..it's black magic !!!
When the king of that place knew what was happening, he sent his knights to arrest the girl and make her stop singing.
- Your Highness - said the king's counselor, since that girl began to do this “thing “ with her voice our kingdom is a mess ! I'm confused myself..Did you know the ocean had sounds, too ? We 've never heard it before...and when it's raining I hear terrible sounds.. in the sky. I'm concerned. Everywhere I go people are scared..
I think we are dealing with a powerful witch...
- Perhaps - said the king - Anyway, we have to stop that woman ! Have the Knights found her already ?
But when the knights returned to the castle they were singing and whistling.
- What happened ? - the king asked.
- I don't know, Sir. - one of the knights answered. Oh , it's so nice to do this thing...la la la la ...
- Oh my God !! - the King shouted surprised.
- You see, your Highness - said the counselor - I'm telling you ! she must be a witch ! Look at what she did to our brave warriors... we have to fight magic with magic !
- You 're right - answered the king - call the wizard ! Quick !
So they called a powerful wizard and told him what was going on.
- Humm… - the wizard said - Don't worry ! I will stop this evil creature !
The man who had magical powers went to the forest to fight what he thought was some kind of demon or witch. But when he got there, he was captured by beauty, delighted to hear all those wonderful notes.
- This place has been enchanted - he thought
He tried using his powers and potions, but it didn't work. He tried to cast a spell on the girl but his words flew out of his mouth and he couldn’t speak.
Defeated, astonished and whistling the wizard returned to the castle.
The king was very angry because of it.He called all his counselors to help him find a solution..
Meanwhile, a poet was writing his poems near the forest where the young woman was singing - with all words.
When he heard her voice he was enchanted too. He started hearing the sounds of Nature.. and his poems jumped out of his papers. The words were flying and spinning in the air.
He thought it was very poetic.. "words blowing in the wind.."
Wait ! - he said - this little word I don’t recognize ! I didn’t write this one: melody..
This word melody was flying like a butterfly..The poet decided to follow the "melody" to see where it would take him.
Following the melody he found a nice place next to a waterfall.
And there was a girl with long hair singing with her beautiful voice..
- She is so pretty ...- he thought - I'll write her a poem.. But how ? the words won't be quiet . I can't put them in the paper ! And I can't write in the air....
Then he saw a bow and an arrow in the ground. Some hunter had left them there. He had an idea. He picked the arrow and began to hit the string of the bow. The string vibrated and this sound made some words vibrate too, so he could control these words.
So he hit the string, the string vibrated, the words vibrated too..
By doing this he could arrange words and phrases in the air, composing a very nice poem.
It worked... the poem caught the girl's attention, so he could talk to her.
- I wrote this poem for you, I hope you like it - he said
- It's beautiful - she said ! let me read it.
The girl read the poem aloud and she liked it. Then, she read it again and again and again. While she was reading it, her musical voice made the poem very musical itself.
The words in the poem were inflated with new sounds and new meanings..
They breathed in the music, like we breathe in the fresh sea air .
And that's why words and musical notes are bound together to make songs.
People then learned to play music.. and since that very day they've made lots of songs about everything you can imagine.
They are still making them and it seems they will never stop...
About the mess ... well, the words went back to their books and dictionaries.
Actually, the books became thicker because there were more words and they had more meanings than before. The kingdom returned to normal life again. People continued writing down their rules and doing their work.
You might be asking what happened to the poet and the singer..
Well, people say that the bow and the arrow hadn’t been left there by a hunter.
It was Cupid who left them there because…
But that’s another story…
However the world was never the same after that. Because they still could listen to the sounds of Nature..so they realized that music is everywhere..and they learned to sing too.
I guess that's why someone said that the world would be a desert without music..
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