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Rehearsal Lesson*

A homeless man who plucked a loaned guitar showed me the piano chords to play along, and though I’m furthest thing from music star, I managed to accompany his song, because he showed me what to me was hard and … Continue reading

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Nocturnal Singers

for Miriam When everything that brought you joy looked gone, and it seemed joy would come your way no more, you wondered how on Earth you could go on when misery was all that lay in store, and unaware of … Continue reading

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Living Motive

for Miriam by way of Emily Dickinson If she could keep a single heart from breaking, she knew her life would not have been in vain, or if she simply quelled another’s aching, subdued the onslaught of another’s pain. I’d … Continue reading

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Karaoke Request

for Miriam The song you wished to sing was “Crucify” written by a singer known as Tori, a song in which she asks the question why we crucify—not in a way that’s gory— but in a way that’s hidden—in our … Continue reading

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Corners

  For Laura B. You hate the world for being so corrupt, so full of malice and of selfishness, for all the bloody conflicts that erupt, for lives condemned to woe and senselessness. You keep on going for your family, … Continue reading

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Pianist Epiphany

Dissolution As I was playing piano, suddenly, I felt myself dissolve into the song, so it seemed there was nothing left of me but music, and the feeling was so strong I understood why pianists often wear impassioned faces as … Continue reading

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Piano Inventor

I’m deeply grateful to a person I won’t meet, since he lived centuries ago, for what he did before he had to die, Italian man, Cristorfi, Bartolomeo. He tuned the clavichords whose tones were quiet, and built them too, and … Continue reading

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