We can all be our own John Cage and produce a 4’33”.
The sounds of silence.
There are times, when I do not feel like listening to music. There are times, when silence brings comfort, peace, and a sense of ignorance; a typical feeling of indifference. There are times, when I actually need a bit of peace and quiet; a bit of stillness. Like, now.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
The sounds that fill the air now: the gentle whirring of the computer, desperate hiccups of a housemate, distant comical wailings from another housemate, occasional burpy noises from unidentified creatures, sporadic thuds from basketballs hitting the board, scratchy and draggy footsteps from passersby.
There is no place where I can have complete silence, unless I shut myself in a mental asylum.
As if that were not enough, a group of students had assembled and launched into a bit of caroling. It is a norm to have them visiting the hostel blocks and charm their fellow friends and other students with those joyful melodies come Christmas. Apparently the band of voices were so strong that I had to listen to their caroling for about three times as they go around spreading the infectious celebratory spirit to their listeners. I do not have anything against them, but I am just not in the mood to listen to the songs repeated from one hostel block to another; to hear the cheers and applause; and to join in the festive spirit. And so, I had to cringe and wish they would go away, and well – just return another day.
We wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!
However: tis the season to be jolly. The shopping malls and public buses all churn out Christmas tunes. So why not spread the love, indeed? Only a bitter person like me would do otherwise. Perhaps not today.
See if this music quiz describes you well. The results for mine were fairly accurate. I think.