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I’m of the simple opinion that only an uncluttered mind is free to hear the music of life. Those are the sounds that become music. However, the sounds of our everyday affairs are usually never thought of in this manner. We either attempt to ignore them or consider them clamorous noise. Maybe it’s just a matter of how we look at things.
When I was growing up, I got to spend a lot of time with both grandparents. My family from both sides came to America from the Aland Islands, located between Sweden and Finland. One set of grandparents settled right in the heart of New York City. My other grandparents settled on a dairy farm in upstate New York.
As all children do, I came into this life with a blank slate. I had no history or memories to cloud my mind. All of the sensory input I was receiving was vivid, crisp, and new. As a five-year-old, the passing of a single year seemed as if it took decades. With eyes and ears fresh with wonder, I viewed the world from our first-floor apartment window. Grandpa worked at a local bakery, so we were all up while it was yet dark. I watched and listened as the city awakened. The first cars to drive by, the first sounds of conversation on the street, the early morning clip-clop of horse hooves on the cobblestones—these were a special type of music to my young ears. The iceman came; he would put a bucket of oats out for his horse and then throw a piece of black leather over his own shoulder. I can still hear the metallic clang of his ice tongs as he removed them from the wagon. Then came the grunting sound as he hoisted a big block of ice onto his shoulder. My grandmother’s cheerful welcome, the opening of the icebox, and a polite “thank you!” were all part of the music of my mornings.
People walking down the street, people talking and laughing, children playing, the sound of the trolley car, the pigeons on the sidewalk all came alive for me. The subway moving swiftly on the elevated railway, the Staten Island Ferry and its deep horn sounding across New York Bay: all just music. The freighters sailing toward their dock, foghorns and towboats, all of it excited me. It was the heightened sensory experience of beingness, of presence, that all children enjoy. It’s a time and place where all sounds become music.
It’s when we begin to assign meaning to the sounds we hear that they lose their song. We tend not to realize that the sounds are neutral until we make them pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad. Do I have preferences? Certainly! I live in a very rural setting with no human habitation in sight. The birds sing loudly each morning, and a cow might bawl or a coyote howl on a distant hilltop. Frogs sing happily by the lake, fish splash the surface feeding, crickets and cicadas serenade my wife and I as we go about our day. Often I just stand on the deck looking off into the forest and listening to the rustle of leaves in the breeze. There’s really not much to say, only to be still and listen to the music.
The more silent I have become, the more the music is there in my life. The more silent I become, the less use I have for words. For how can I express the music of wordlessness? When we make the return to our childlike innocence, free of judgments, free of our past and future, embracing this very moment in the timeless present, it is there that the sounds become music.
Reflections from Turtle Lake,
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