Sunday, February 26, 2012

Melody

I like music a lot but music didn't like me and that's perfectly fine. There was a time that music became my muse. It inspired me to write, particularly dark poetry and thoughts. Each time after I play the flute, I ended up scribbling a poem, haiku or quote. It's not as effective as before though.

  flute 

mellow melodies 
move mountains, magical myths 
my musical muse 


How and when did I start playing the flute - the bamboo one to be specific. I think it was during one of the MassKara celebrations when I saw a bamboo flute hanging in one the kiosks. Out of curiosity, I asked how much was it, and bought it. I followed the instructions written on the packing, and as they always say, the rest is history. I am not good at it and I can't play without looking at the music book. But I felt like I am being transported to another kingdom every time I play it. Ah, those were the days. Bamboo flute doesn't sound modern.  (A few years later, a friend gave me a Yamaha flute)

Last Saturday, I was asked by my former officemate to be the photographer of their post-Valentine and winter concert. (Thus the history above). It was a classical concert featuring a violinist, a cellist, a pianist and a soprano. Japanese were very attentive and serious throughout the event and that made me very conscious while taking the photos. I don't want to disturb their concentration. Even the smallest camera click can be heard inside the venue. I tried my best in capturing the key moments. But... 

 violinist
pianistsoprano cellist 

I really enjoyed all of the performances. There were times that I forgot that I am the photographer. As the melodies filled the room, it was like in another world. It was hypnotic. And yes, I was not sleeping as my eyes were wide open.  It was classic. Modern-classic.

 concert 

When the applause grew louder, that is the time you'll realize that you are still in the present world.

/totomai 
2012/02/26

22 comments:

  1. I love the photos. So beautiful. I cant hear a sound but it seems like I did listen to the melody. :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica :-) that was fast. i think those are the only good photos I have lol

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  2. A bamboo flute....what a brilliant and unusual muse!
    xxx

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  3. Excellent haiku, and I love any kind of music done well.

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  4. Muses take all kinds of form. I like what you've done with this prompt, very good!

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  5. There is something quite moving about black and white pictures. Loved the haiku; you certainly stuck to one section in the dictionary!

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    1. that's why i was having second thoughts to add the last photo or not :-) thanks!

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  6. You're blessed with talent in writing and playing instrument. We have one thing in common though, as I write also poems and songs.

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    1. thanks jay, i used to write poems... will read yours soon :-)

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  7. Wonderful depictions! I'm glad that you chose to add the last one-for the shadows, the slight tinge of color, and for the power between the two.

    Brilliant haiku, as well. I too, enjoy the word 'magic'.

    It's nice to see that you have more than one way to muse.

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    1. Thanks Archna.

      Glad to know that someone appreciate the last minute addition of that colored photo.

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  8. These photos are beautiful! :) And I agree, good music can definitely stop time and transport us to another dimension.

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    1. Thanks Sumi-chan. .... bringing you to a place you never know :-)

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  9. i love classical music. that must have been amazing

    senryu of lost soldiers

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