Shapes with meaning
Notes are shapes, symbols, that represent measured sound
rests are symbols that represent measured silence
they are equal
notes are heard
silence is not heard, but it is felt
notes bounce along, songs ring out
sometimes they stop in non-sound
during that silence between sound
listeners are wondering what comes next
Will there be a sound?
What will it be?
Will the musical story continue?
and then later,
How is the sound related to what came before?
Where are the notes that hold the pitch going?
constant noise is overwhelming
like a non-stop talker, a prattling bore
even constant humming can be too much for a person
but silences that are too long start to feel like the end of a song
the seeker of wondrous surprises,
he never wants the song to end!
I know how that is
I used to feel that way too
just once upon a time