Saturday, December 31, 2005

Life and Music Without Words

I lit some candles and put on “Tubular Bells.” I lean back into that hypnotic sound that makes it easy to tune in and tune out. I like the other worldly sounds of the music. I like the way it takes me from here into the music.

Becoming still is easy. My eyes close because the sounds are easier to listen to without visuals interfering. I listen for a while and then I think, This is not what my mother meant when she said “In one ear and out the other.” This is a blissful listening.

There are times when life and music should not have words.

I am dancing in my head. That makes me smile to think that I can enjoy such a small, yet elegant pleasure.

An oboe starts winding around me inviting me up and out of my thinking. Like Peter and the Wolf I follow it. I feel my spirit lifting and going with it, leaving my cares, my work, my thoughts behind me. My mind feels no need to stay grounded and suddenly the music is lighter and so am I.

A chord strikes and I’m floating, lifting softly into the sky on the lightly picked guitar while star sounds play all around me. I am flying—not fast—slowly at my own pace. I’m enjoying everything that I pass, and then I see it there.

The Iris. The biggest blue flower in the Universe.

At the same time, I hear rainwater flowing over all of it’s petals. I stop, just floating there. The range of colors mystifies me. I want to waltz. I want to plié. I want to make my arms form the shapes I see. I glide around what I used to think of as the old-lady flower. I float for light years and still there's more. In the center where the star is some of the cosmic dust has such a reddish glow. This is an Earthly-flower picked by the gods to become a star.

I move back to watch from afar. It’s like watching clouds on the perfect sunny day, only better, because it’s night and no clouds have light like that inside a nebula. And somehow the cloud-flower light spills over and fills me too. I find out I’ve always wondered how it would feel to be a flower. Now I’m a star flower with music in my head for thoughts. Could I have found heaven early? I wasn’t sure I’d find it ever.

This is a busy nebula—not a star nursery. The luminescence is a star in its formative years. I feel like we are two kids together. Just then the tubular bells begin to play. My imagination spreads wide to six light years with the music to fill the color and the space. Imagine the universe’s biggest flower has been out here waiting for us, aglow in the dark, hot and cold. alien and familiar, waiting for you and me.

Finally as the music ends, I float my way back home, now knowing that irises are not old-lady flowers, but half-grown kids.

We miss something when we don't make time for life and music without words.
—me strauss Letting me be

16 comments:

mergrl said...

absolutely beautiful my friend, and a great choice in music tonite!

again I am transported right there with you just by your words

(hugs)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Mergrl,
I'm glad you know the music. It did sort of make the whole thing work. I was wishing I was set up like Tree so that everyone could listen as I was listening. It was pretty amazing.

You are a good thing of 2005 for me.
Liz

mergrl said...

You are a good thing of 2005 for me
you too my friend (hugs)

ME Strauss said...

Happy New Year!
I look forward to many more with you.
Liz

Toniyah Tonijah said...

Beautiful reflections in prose.

God bless you and I wish you all the best in the coming year.

ME Strauss said...

Thank you, Toniyah.
I wish you a wonderful new year and all that it brings.
Liz

Jennifer said...

Happy New Years!

Love the new look. Seems everyone I know is updating the look of their blogs!

And I think I want to dance to your music. My legs just can't stay still...they're itching to dance!

I'm back for good. Things have finally settled down now.

ME Strauss said...

Welcome back, Jennifer!
You've been missed.
There was a Jennifer-sized place waiting for you.
Glad you're home.
Liz

Kelley Bell said...

Tubular Bells !!!!
Tubular Bells !!!
Oh I LOVE Tublar Bells !!!!

Wow! I have not even thought about that music for YEARS!

Where is my music...Ive got to go listen right now!

(Kel runs into the distance, as you hear her fading voice calling; "Tubular Bells !!!")

ME Strauss said...

Hi Kelley,
I knew someone would have that reaction!
Great!
smiles,
Liz

fineartist said...

I like to draw or paint to music without words. It really helps to kick in the right brain.

Agreed, Tubular Bells is phenominal.

ME Strauss said...

Hello Lori,
How this right brain found its way to become a writer is beyond me. No wonder I suffered headaches so many years of my life. If only I had you to teach me to paint as you do. What beautiful images you make come to life without a word. I only see them in my head. Reminds me of the Supertramp song Dreamer.
Liz

bradford said...

collective subconscious echoes again- I played Tubular Bells this Saturday after finding it the day before - Uni-verse (one poem)

ME Strauss said...

Thank you for your comment Brad,
And welcome to the Blogosphere.
You have found a nice corner here.
Feel free and safe to follow any of my friends home.
You are in a wonderful and safe neighborhood.
Liz

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