Monday, March 30, 2015

Unheard Melodies

PHOTO PROMPT ©David Stewart
The crowd had gathered around the bandstand.  He shuffled to his usual spot, nodding his head in acknowledgement to the other regulars and was greeted with smiles of recognition. He had been away a few years but there was no mistaking him, back again a little worse for wear.

The conductor moved his hands and opening notes hit him, “da-da-da-DUM;da-da-da-DUM”.  He closed his eyes as wave after wave of music washed over him and he felt the music reverberate through his body.

The land mine explosion had left him partially deaf yet the vibrations stirred his soul as before.

Too late to get my contribution for Friday Fictioneers but as the story was in my mind when I saw the prompt I got around writing it today.

Can deaf people enjoy music? Read more here.

In 1924, Helen Keller wrote this to the New York Philharmonic, describing her experience of "hearing" their radio broadcast of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.


  1. Dear Subroto,

    I'm glad you put the link in your other story. This was worth making the side trip. Nicely done.



    1. And thank you for making that trip Rochelle