A Slave to Beauty
I am a musician and this is my testimony.  The God’s of music had me in their sights as they invaded my soul and directed my heart to only desire what dwells behind the surface of the music.
They forced me to focus on the harmony and melody, while most of the world listens only to the lyrics and the rhythm, being pumped into their brains, following them around wherever they go.  It becomes as annoying as the screeching of train wheels against the tracks, and its value in being judged by how much money it makes.
Music needs the lyrics, the melody, the rhythm, and the harmony all working together to calm the music, like the roaring tempest needs the rainbow to soothe its anger.
The calming is in each element giving the others support so the sound will be complete to enhance its beauty, like a rose that needs its fragrance.
I feel betrayed by what music has done to me.  I feel empty listening to what it lacks.  Big business with its bulging muscles, stole my heart’s desire from me when they took the melody and harmony away from the music, and it became “mainstream.”  I can only dream of the day that it returns to relying on each element to support its beauty.
Until then, music plays on with its missing elements.  Substance is being replaced by theatrics.  The listener, unaware of its deception, applauds it for what it has become.  It needs a courageous innovator to flex his muscles and restore the beauty to it.  Melody and harmony would even enhance its theatrical presentation, if big business would allow it to.  Thank you, listener, for letting me get this off my chest.


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Robert L. Martin
about 4 years

I can't music that has missing elements. I love music that has a good balance. I get frustrated listening to mainstream music.

John Ward
about 4 years

Thankyou for sharing your work Robert, it is a literary joy to read.

Robert L. Martin
almost 5 years

Thank you Bella. I can't wait until completed music reaches the mainstream again.

Kay
almost 5 years

Wow. That is absolutely right. I am personally an amateur musician. I play 2nd chair flute in the Pueblo West High School band and I know exactly what you mean. I find it astonishing that some, including me, have not realized the reality to what music of today's age is missing until you have played a piece with such rhythm, such powerful harmony and tone that it now courses through your veins, changing the way you feel about music and allowing you to notice what is missed. I am glad that you are so willing to portray you're anger towards todays music. Thank you. It is wonderful to see that there still are passionate musicians willing to express their emotion towards the evolution of music.

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