Musical rest

fall-colorsAs I step over the threshold from indoor shelter into the natural elements of this late October morning, it welcomes me. The crisp autumn air envelops my body like a comfortable blanket. Fall in Florida is here. I am not graced with the beautiful parade of colors. Nor am I privileged to witness the tranquil dance of falling leaves as they delicately tiptoe towards the ground. But, I am still treated to a cool breeze that has traveled for a thousand miles from the north to greet me. And like a long lost friend returning from afar, I embrace it.

With windows down and blazing sun rising over the Indian River to the east, music is pouring from the speakers in my car, adding to the aura of bliss that only Mother Nature can provide.

As I coast past a local police station, a temporary road sign that displays important information on an LED screen catches my attention. It is cycling through three different messages: “Don’t text and drive”, “It’s the law”, and “Follow us on Twitter”. Of course, at the exact moment my eyes first met the display, I see the last two messages in succession. “It’s the law, follow us on Twitter.” Funny, I thought, when was the law passed that requires me to follow the police on social media? 😉

All joking aside, this message is one that should be taken very seriously and is worthy of everyone’s attention. And, the manner in which I received it made me appreciate just how important it is to process information within the right context. It’s important to see the whole picture.

Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

Think about your favorite piece of music. It is composed of many different musical notes. When put together and played sequentially, it results in both a sensual and spiritual experience that enhances the ambiance in much the same way it did for me on this fall morning commute.

But, the musical notes themselves do not constitute the whole picture. In fact, it is debatable whether they are even the most important part of a musical piece. It is how they are spaced apart from one another, the silence between each musical note that defines the song and provides its character. Is it a soft, flowing love song? Or is it an energizing, adrenaline infusing rock song? It all depends on how the artist utilizes that magical space between the notes.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~Maya Angelou

My musical tastes are quite eclectic. I may have an unstated personal agenda to outwit the Pandora algorithms so that it can’t possibly figure out what it should play next on my behalf. Pop. Rock. Classical. Childrens. You never really know what tunes are entertaining my psyche on any given day. In that respect, at least, I am a difficult book to read. Hey, who can resist bouncing inside to the tune of The Lion Sleeps Tonight? A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh. Be honest 😉

be-quietWe subconsciously use music to help massage our moods. Deep inside, we know exactly what is needed and instinctively reach for that right track to get us back on track. When you listen to that song which resonates with you, however, take notice of the musical rests.

You are the music while the music lasts. ~T.S. Eliot

We each have a song within us. In our own personal rendition, we have many unique notes that comprise the melody of our life. Remain quiet and reflect during the space between each of your musical notes. It will define you. It will give meaning and character to your song. Compose your own masterpiece. Sing your own song.

16 thoughts on “Musical rest

  1. Sara Ann October 25, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    this photograph is stunning, beautiful words to go along with it!!

    • davecenker October 25, 2013 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you Sara, I am happy that you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by and best wishes for an inspired day 😉

      • Sara Ann October 25, 2013 / 2:19 pm

        Thanks Dave! Have a blessed day as well!

  2. thewritertracy October 25, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    I really enjoy your writing. There is something lyrical about it (and no, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that you wrote about music when I wrote that!). I thought the first two of the scrolling messages were playing in succession; don’t text and drive, but follow us on Twitter. You can read a message about social media when driving, but you can’t be engaging in social media while driving; ironic but true.

    • davecenker October 28, 2013 / 8:23 am

      Thank you for your kind comments Tracy. I especially like the lyrical play on words 😉 I am happy that you enjoyed the post, best wishes for an inspired day!

  3. apartmentwife October 25, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    the street signs are too funny — i think the takeaway there is ‘put away your phone after you follow us on twitter’ 🙂 and i definitely agree with you on how music mirrors and massages are mood (& love all lion king music) – -would love for you to do a playlist post to show us what your eclectic tastes are all about it 🙂

    • davecenker October 28, 2013 / 8:28 am

      I am not sure that you would want to plunge into the depths of my Pandora playlist, it could be more scary and confusing than the most bizarre Halloween costume. But, I will keep it in mind 😉 Thanks, as always, for your insightful comments and best wishes for an inspired day!

  4. MRS N, the Author October 25, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    Music is the soundtrack to my life and I love how you weave such wonderful prose to explain music. I love how you talked about the street signs blending together… totally made me laugh! I wonder what soundtrack will be played after we are long gone… something Disney perhaps?? 😉 “Whistle While You Work”? 😉

    • davecenker October 28, 2013 / 8:30 am

      I think, personally, that anything Disney is timeless 😉 Even when it is labeled as a kid’s song, the tunes are so engaging and the lyrics always seem to hold a message of hope and inspiration. Thanks for your comments Mrs. N and best wishes for an inspired day!

  5. MarquitaHerald (@MarquitaHerald) October 26, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    I love your message Dave and I agree with others about the street signs. 🙂 I’m actually kinda jealous about that beautiful fall image because today we’re being treated to vog, vog, and more vog. That’s the junk that gets in the atmosphere and causes the air to go still and look suspiciously like smog but it’s actually from the volcano on the Big Island acting up. I do enjoy all kinds of music, but I would honestly have to say that silence is my refuge. I don’t watch TV and when I’m working I don’t listen to music. I don’t even listen to the radio when I’m driving.

    • davecenker October 28, 2013 / 8:33 am

      For what it’s worth, I didn’t get to see that fall image either so I am right there with you on the jealousy front 😉 I don’t watch TV either and I pick the moments when music is in my life. It is very important to me at the right times. But, like you, I really look forward to the quiet times also when I can reconnect with those quiet voices inside that speak words of wisdom when given the opportunity. Thank you for your keen insights Marty and best wishes for an inspired day!

  6. Salee Reese October 28, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    While reading your post, something Wayne Dyer said kept echoing in my mind: “Don’t die with your music still in you.”
    Best wishes!

    • davecenker October 28, 2013 / 6:55 pm

      Very appropriate quote Salee, thanks so much for sharing! I love how writing can spur so many thoughts and insights from people all around the world 😉 Best wishes for an inspired day!

  7. joannesisco October 30, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    What a beautiful thought that we each have a song within us and that our lives have a unique melody. I love that image.

    • davecenker October 31, 2013 / 9:22 am

      Thank you Joanne for taking the time to share your thoughts. I am so happy that you enjoyed it! Best wishes for an inspired day filled with beautiful music 😉

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