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Topic: Singing (10/31/05)
TITLE: Something in the Air
By Kym Gordon Moore
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Something in the Air
Sitting under an oversized umbrella anchored in the middle of a glass patio table, I sipped on a cup of warm herbal tea taking a needed respite from today’s challenges. This quaint little corner bistro gave a picture perfect panoramic view of the harbor. I watched seagulls fly overhead occasionally landing on the riverfront searching for morsels of food. A little old lady passing by hummed in unison with each slow step while tapping the sidewalk with her bamboo walking cane. Immediately I was reminded of my grandmother, who hummed and sang while cooking. Granny’s choice of spiritual hymnals convinced me that her food would taste especially savory. The old cliché, “Singing for your supper” took on a different childhood memory for me.
Closing my eyes, I became absorbed in the subtle rhythm of bongos reverberating from a third floor window across the street. Accompanied by vocals of a female soprano, these bongos adapted a soulful ceremonial flavor. The chorus from robins, mocking birds and cardinals fellowshipping in surrounding trees traveled through the air of a northbound breeze. Hints of honeysuckle and rose tantalized my olfactory glands. Suddenly a croaking frog, squawking geese flying overhead and periodic eruptions of male cicadas rattling like maracas, created a harmonic composition of nature’s glee club. Such elements of sheer poetry and beauty are depicted in the Song of Solomon 2:12: The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. (KJV)
I felt hypnotized by these delicate songs each time the wind changed directions. As the afternoon comes to a celebratory close, my free open air concert was a special treat at this little corner bistro. I was privy to hear an arrangement not written on a staff with musical notes. Listening to the singers of nature who did not worry about being out of tune gave me a greater appreciation for using my ears to effectively hear the various languages that God speaks and sings in.
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