Word And Music = Travel
When I was in school, I remember more than one teacher telling us students how reading could “transport you” to just about any place you wanna go. Word pictures…even those two words put together created word pictures in my head. I was hooked on words, on reading, on transporting myself to new places, new faces, new worlds.
I became a voracious reader. First it was tales of imagination and young adventure…Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer. Then it was sports, stories of sailing ships and famous captains on the high seas, and science fiction. There was even a phase when I read just about every Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery book I get my hands on. Go figure. Some of my favorite reading was the prose and poetry of relative unknowns like William Shakespeare, Carl Sandburg, T.S. Eliot, & Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
As I graduated into the deeper words I was also diving deep into the waters of my lifelong love…music.
Nothing ever felt as magical, to me, as the resonating tones of wind passing through the “voice box” and into my ears. I’ve often called it a gift from God, and it’s always been my favorite gift.
When I began to work my way around a piano and started fumbling with a way to put the words and music together, I was hooked on words again. This time it was song lyrics. And this time the magic was in getting the rhythm of the words in sync with the rhythm of the music. I’ve been working on that words and music equation ever since. And I hope I can still be working on it my last day on earth.