Saturday, January 17, 2015

Might Music Transcend Cultures By Speaking From and To the Heart?

Note the Music
by Rachel Hoyt

image by luigi diamanti via

Some notes whisper
sweet nothings that charm.
Some notes shimmer,
send chills up your arm.
Some notes jumble
serious with schtick.
Some notes tumble,
dance, skip, jab, and kick.

They hide behind lyrics.
They build beside beats.
They tug heavy heartstrings.
They soothe sullen streets.

Listen, the notes
are speaking to you.
Listen, the notes'
wisdom will shine through.
Listen, that beat
came from someone's heart.
Listen. Listen.
That sound is pure art.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

This poem was inspired by two recent bits of news.
Read more by clicking below, if you so choose:

This study concluded that different cultures react to music in similar ways.
This study supports the theory that Beethoven's music may have been literally heartfelt.

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Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...