21. February 2005 · Comments Off on A Long Quote for Today · Categories: imported, Quotes

Unlike painters, who work with space, musicians work with time, with note following note as second follows second. Listen! says Vivaldi, Brahms, Stravinsky. Listen to this time that I have framed between the first note and the last and to these sounds in time. Listen to the way the silence is broken into uneven lengths between the sounds and to the silences themselves. Listen to the scrape of bow against gut, the rap of stick against drumhead, the rush of breath through reed and wood. The sounds of the earth are like music, the old song goes, and the sounds of music are also like the sounds of the earth, which is of course where music comes from. Listen to the voices outside the window, the rumble of the furnace, the creak of your chair, the water running in the kitchen sink. Learn to listen to the music of your own lengths of time, your own silences.

-Frederik Buechner (from the book Listening to Your Life)

(My note: This is merely a snippet. In case you aren’t familiar with him, I will tell you that Buechner is a writer who is a Christian. I enjoy his writing a great deal. He makes me think. That’s a good thing.)

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