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Freedom of Expression – Melody


“Wake up, live your life and sing the melody of your soul.” 
― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

Richa over at iScriblr has picked “Melody” as this week’s prompt word for her challenge “Freedom of Expression“. This is a feel-good prompt for me as melodies bring back all sorts of memories.

“From the glow of enthusiasm I let the melody escape. I pursue it. Breathless I catch up with it. It flies again; it disappears; it plunges into a chaos of diverse emotions. I catch it again; I seize it; I embrace it with delight.”

Ludwig van Beethoven
Video Game Melody’s Escape: “Run, jump and slide to the rhythm of your own music library! In Melody’s Escape, advanced audio detection algorithms transcribe the energy that you feel when listening to music into a synchronized gameplay experience, with a captivating and dynamic obstacle course.” – Steam

One summer day when I was a young girl, I sang a short random tune in front of my friends as we hung outside the porch. “Another, another!” my friends exclaimed. They knew me to be rather shy and quiet, so they wanted me to sing another tune shortly thereafter! There was a rush of excitement as I was creating and sharing a melody from my heart. My feelings were just free to wander in the stream of notes, and my friends could float along the current with me. It was a time where I felt like communicated what was going on with ease turning my thoughts to music.

Melody is a form of remembrance. It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.”

Gian Carlo Menotti

Once a song hits my ears, I begin to remember all the things that the song makes me feel and think. When I create a melody of my own, it’s almost like I want to keep my own story alive. I think many musicians feel that way as well, and when their song resonates with their fans, it becomes a legend.

“If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.” 

Robert Schumann
Jacob’s Piano – an original piece “A Simple Melody”

I first learned about melody from my piano teacher. I remember practicing various assigned songs after school. Occasionally I’ll have a little fun with a piece and add my own original personal flair to it. My dad would walk in the house after work and smile at my little experiments. I would play my version for my teacher, and she would tell me, “Sa, that’s wonderful, but I need to know that you can read the music as it is!” Learning how to read other’s music is part of the experience, but I should have said, “Learning how to make my own music helps test me on my knowledge of music theory and develop my overall comprehension.” 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Freedom of Expression – Melody

  1. Wow, this is awesome, especially the sound tacks and the wonderful story of your love for music! 😉

    I completely agree to this thought of yours – “Learning how to make my own music helps test me on my knowledge of music theory and develop my overall comprehension.” ❤️

  2. Love this! You have captured what a true musician is I feel! It totally reminds me of something similar that I experienced with writing. I was at a Writing seminar and I had a piece of work that an author and writing coach was reviewing for me. He said how he can teach me about proper writing, grammar rules, etc. but the writing style I showed, writing from the heart, that type of stuff can’t be taught, its just a part of you. I have always treasured that comment.

    1. Thank you! I have a special connection with Beethoven’s and Schumann’s musical pieces. ❤ What a wonderful comment that writing coach shared! It's so true though. It's so interesting to me that each person has a distinct pattern of writing. I once shared my blog with a friend, and it amazed me when he could recognize my "voice" in my writing over the bloggers' pieces I reblogged.

    1. Thank you! You’re absolutely right. Music helps me transform a stressful activity into an enjoyable one. It’s amazing to me to see a change in energy levels when I listen to a song I like. I also once watched a documentary called “Alive Inside” about how music helps the elderly with dementia in a way that medicine cannot. Powerful stuff!

    1. I would probably need to get over my nerves. This is why I don’t have my own YouTube channel. Oddly though, I feel more comfortable on stage whenever I’m performing or acting. It’s quite a paradox really.

      1. I don’t think so. When you’re on the stage, you’re in the moment, focused on what you’re doing. the audience can fade away. With a camera, it’s more in your face and the focus is the camera. You’d have to teach yourself to get into the moment with the camera, as if it’s another actor, not the audience.

        1. Good point! That does seem to be the case. It’s also similar to how I feel about online interviews vs. in person interviews. Speaking to my webcam takes some practice.

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