A Score To Settle

John Cage's 4'33"
John Cage’s 4’33”

We share the intros

Melodies, harmony and noise

Along the loud life…enough

To vibrate the moon

Shake a star loose

While all our faults

And splits of passion

Deepen beneath our feet

Buzzing between brackets

Of time signatures, rattling keys

Propping up our city by the meter

In preparation of the worst

We sing our bridges into soundness

Reinforcing our staved streets to

Protect us from dissonant gravel

Engaged with our theme and variations

Through further development

Counter melodies, extended harmonics humming

Then unexpectedly, the earthshaking shimmy arrives

we enjoy its counterpoint

Addicted to our contrapuntal connection

To the falling structure of song

Frightened and exhilarated by the penultimate beat


17 Comments on “A Score To Settle

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  2. music is created in the silence between the notes. drama by the silence after the scream.

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  3. The ultimate beat is the last sound you hear before you die. I attended a “performance” of the piece. The performer announced the title and then shut up for the four minutes and change. How can silence be a work of art? Works of art are made of something tangible, and how tangible is an absence of sound?


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  5. I always thought Hermit’s version could have used a modulation gimmick for that third chorus on their version. And speaking of musical terminology…I was, realIy. I wonder if we could call the absurd repetition of a chorus to fill time in an otherwise content-less song a “Nooner?”

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  6. Love the creative use of all the musical terms, esp the “coda” at the end. The blank sheet makes me feel like composing something, and I haven’t played an instrument in twenty years! Penultimate? What a word! WOW. 🙂

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