Soundcloud – a bedrock of inspiration.
I was listening to my favorite playlist on Soundcloud. Entitled Brotherly Love – because my brother got me into ambient music – the playlist contains nearly 100 tracks. Anyways, I was on my teeny balcony watching the sun set over the horizon when this song came on.
For whatever reason, words started to walk towards me. When that happens, I know to pick up my pen and notebook because the walking-of-words will become a frantic sprint. When that happens, I need to be ready to help them to the finishing line. And so, I began to write whatever came to mind while I set the song to repeat-play.
After a while, the music became a distant hum as words took the lead. Eventually, the last stragglers of syllables and consonants made it past the finishing line and received their reward. ‘An Orchestra of Words’ was written. If you listen to Wildes ‘Bare’ as you read the poem, I wonder if you feel the words differently?
An Orchestra of Words
She slips into the room, unannounced, unheard
Lets her small voice slip between stone-aged curves
Unadulterated, still unfound
Unsure, still without sound
Her hand reaches over, tentative to fear
A soft skin enveloping a hand young with years
In that moment I saw all she could be
And wished more for her than I did ever for me
Fingers point softly to the words on a page
Her middle one directing the orchestra’s gaze
With words plain in view, they began to be heard
As the symphony rose, and her words gently stirred
In this quiet summer air she began to take breath
And the generations before who’d wished they’d been there
Let their memories rise up and come to the stage
An assembly of souls, in unison, played
As she walked with words, her voice did rise
And the syllables danced while the consonants cried
The violins skipped haughtily to the beat of her drum
And the cellos mourned gleefully at this prodigal son
The crescendo, you ask, it shone for all to hear?
You ask that of me, why not ask that of her?
When a young girl makes words come alive on the page
An orchestra of souls will always come to the stage
Here is the complete playlist if you’d to listen to some of my favorite tunes by other artists.