Now this is a challenge. I thought at first, I would just tap out the rhythm of my ringtone: By the Sea.
Or maybe I could just recite the words of some iconic love song by the Supremes.
I am not a music person, just like I am not an athlete. It’s not as if I dislike either, nor am I immune to their pleasure. It’s just that neither is a part of my daily routine. I turned off my radio when I graduated from college. I stopped buying records long before there were CDs. I have never downloaded music for my iPod or iPhone. So truly I have few songs or songsters I can readily identify, alone describe but here goes:
Pachelbel’s Canon in D is one of my favorite pieces of music. I seem to go into a meditative state when I hear the first three solemn tones begin. I can feel my stress level drop as the slow homophonic notes introduce one of the primary melodies. Dum. Dum. Dum. Dum. Often this motif is introduced by a keyboard or bass.
Because I am familiar with this piece, after just these four slow notes, I am ready for the harmony of the strings which echo the primary melody and begin the counterpoint as well. The music progresses horizontally, moving the melody forward in time, but also vertically, introducing more harmonies and melodic lines. Gradually the tempo increases as does the volume and I get sparkly chills all over my body. The music embraces and engulfs me and I enter a kind of fugue state. Pun intended.
Listening to the canon is akin to good sex. It starts slowly, quietly, building to a crescendo. Then it gradually ebbs into a satisfying silence and a sigh.