Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Singing Between the Beats



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Soulality|Naomi Johnson]









In indolence
   of time’s
      dance
upon the face
   of my clock,

its movement
   precise.
Its breath extended,

   to hold open
the moment
   Between
       Beats,

when the air vibrates
  without
      the push of purpose
and where the music

   fills its potential
      without the tension of precision

(a slowing
   through opening)

(my body,
   the instrument;
sound and air,
   its vehicles).


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013

Posted for dVerse


I wrote this in an attempt to describe the feeling of both purpose and letting go as I sing in between the beats--between the notes---singing is what I do most of the time--It is a career and a passion--and yet I struggle to find words to describe it

35 comments:

  1. Beautiful metaphor, Audrey!

    Comparing the beats of music to our journey in life! Awesome!

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  2. where the music

    fills its potential
    without the tension of precision...ha i love that...a little wild music you know...and what you follow that with, ourselves, making our own music...very cool...and nice embedded name too...smiles.

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  3. So much happens between the beats of our selves and two of us.

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  4. Gorgeous work with the line break. I really like this.

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  5. Audrey, this is such a brilliant merging of timing and music and, of course, the two are intricately wed. And then you bring in your body, the instrument. The cubist deconstruction of the image is so perfect. We had a Picasso at our museum where I was a docent that was a lot like this. Nicely done.

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  6. Wow, I did not realize you were a singer! Very cool. Maybe sometime you can attach a sound file?

    I like very much:

    (my body,
    the instrument;
    sound and air,
    its vehicles).

    Well penned.

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  7. Well done. Excellent use of the short line.>KB

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  8. I love "To hold open the moment between beats" -- this is where everything happens, the silence in the center of everything. Beautiful!

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  9. I think, as with most of our private and intense connections, words are hard to find...and yet I could feel the passion for the music and the voice in every line of your beautiful writing.

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  10. And this is the wonderful heart:

    to hold open

    the moment

    Between

    Beats,

    ... I really enjoyed your exploration of that space

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  11. Beautifully done Audrey ~ I like music filling you, in between beats ~

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  12. Love this. Singing is so intense and so hard to put into words. You did it well :)

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  13. Great twist to it! A musical vibration to life's goodness and woes! It rings true and makes life more interesting! Great take, Audrey!

    Hank

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  14. "where the music

    fills its potential
    without the tension of precision"

    Your words truly do capture a special moment. Just lovely.

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  15. Love how you describe one of your passions. Sounds like you do what you love. That's great!

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  16. This is beautiful... you described it perfectly!

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  17. between beats..when the air vibrates
    without
    the push of purpose.... i like this much... you capture it perfectly i think...the just being in this open space that music provides for us

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  18. This poem is like a sweet slow song that pulls one in. It's very calming and so exquisitely written. Don't stop. :)

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  19. the tension of precision ... I love that image and I can relate to is soooooooo much.

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  20. I love this.. what's between the beats.. the needed one, like dancing the beats are important but passion is what fills the space between

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  21. Original, tight, vibrating, and beautiful! ~jackie~

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  22. a "slowing through opening..." ... i like that. nice write!

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  23. Audrey, wonderful use of metaphor here, I especially love the opening of the clock's face. Excellent read.

    Pamela

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  24. Great description of the power of voice.

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  25. it reads aloud beautifully, Audrey ~ M

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  26. This is just perfect. Great writing Audrey.

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  27. Audrey, a lovely meditation on singing, the actual work of the singer, to find those precious places where one's voice belongs. I did the same work for years and now still sing around the house - my Lex, too, sometimes in harmony, but there's something about having done is as your bread and butter that makes it a calling. I could completely relate to your imagery here. So glad to be back, even occasionally. Amy

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  28. Lovely! Wonderful metaphoric and lyrical stanzas! :)

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  29. An ambitious and terrific piece of writing Audrey. I enjoyred reading this very much and found your creative reach and enquiry here inspiring - Thank you Scott www.scotthastie.com

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  30. I love the poem to the artwork. I am the artist of that Musical Abstract piece of art. Your poetic word flows good with my artwork. I am a poet too. My poem is listed under Soulality Naomi Johnson. Keep up the writing Audrey.

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