Brosandi

I have a piece of music that I love. It is written in a foreign language, and I don’t understand the words. When I listen to it I always think that I can just pick out the odd word in English – it interests me how my mind latches on to the familiar, even when it is just an illusion of familiarity. Every time I hear it – every time – it makes me want to cry, but not because it makes me sad. Every time I hear it – every time – I have to stop what I am doing and really listen to it. Every time I hear it – every time – I hope that everyone has a piece of music, or a piece of art, or a piece of writing, or a piece of memory, or a piece of something that they hold close, and that makes them really feel something every time. I never ever tire of it.

For a long time I didn’t want to know what the words said. I felt that nothing could really live up to what that music meant in my head. If I knew what it said, would I feel differently about it? Could I really trust that the composers had written the right words to go with it? Did I love it more because the words were just part of the music to me, because I couldn’t understand what they said? Would understanding diminish it?

But I’m not a very patient person, and I’m not good at heeding my own counsel, so I looked up a translation of the words. And they were perfect. The song is about jumping in puddles. That’s it, it’s very simple. But now I understand why the music sparkles, and makes me feel joyful and nostalgic. I am glad every day that someone out there has written a beautiful song about the joys of being alive, and feeling lively enough to jump into those puddles like you did when you were a kid, not just mutter about the weather and put your umbrella up.

I have a piece of music that I love. It is written in a foreign language, but I think I understand it.

Brosandi

Emma Robinson

Toowong, Australia

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Written for 2 Word Challenge – Lively and Sparkle

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