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Audio: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons

Here’s another extract with reference to a piece of music in.  This time a classical number.  Another one for the Booktrack soundtrack to my ebook.

“We’ve booked tickets to see a string quartet performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which isn’t the kind of thing either of us would normally go to.  But it’s so cultured in Venice that a classical concert feels compulsory so the poster stood out.  It’s one we both know.  Who doesn’t?

“It’s a fairly small space and the audience is sitting at the same level as the musicians.  As the music begins, I try to picture a spring landscape so that I can connect with what Vivaldi was trying to portray.  But it’s no use; I’m distracted, searching for the advert I’m only half remembering.  Maybe it’s an airline company.  Marco Polo Business Class with Cathay Pacific?  Definitely something trying to get across a sense of class.  I lure myself away from this thought by deliberately imagining a fawn frolicking in a woodland.  But that doesn’t work either.  It’s usurped by an image of a bunch of people dancing around a Baroque Ballroom in 18th Century grey wigs and too much white face powder.  Then faint memories of another commercial steal my attention away again.  How am I supposed to enjoy this?  The music has so many associations my ears are too biased to hear it properly.

“I decide to stop trying so hard and instead I focus on the musicians’ bows moving in unison: two violins, a viola and a cello.  I watch their fingers moving quickly across the strings and let out a sigh as I relax in my seat.

“Around each player is a purple glow, the same colour auras I saw in the hospital years ago.  When I tense up they disappear but when I relax they appear again.  I deliberately tighten up and let go a few more times to test this theory.   I can definitely only see them when I’m in a relaxed state.  They can’t possibly be hallucinations.”

Music: Nitin Sawhney ‘The River’

Another music extract that hasn’t been through the critique process for you this week.

 

 

“Back home I feel great.  I put on a Nitin Sawhney album and stand in the middle of the room listening to the evocative sounds of the Indian instruments.  A weird banjo like thing slides into a bluesy guitar.  Then a male voice hums alongside a contemporary beat.  A high female vocal in Hindi joins in, followed by a distant New York rapper.

“What do we do in these crazy times?  I grab my synthetic white feather duster with a plastic handle and dance.  A soulful woman’s voice takes the lead.

“Down by the river, Life flowing deeper, Tide growing stronger, No, you can’t hold can’t hold the river.  The Hindi singer repeats her refrain between each verse bringing the sound of India into my living room.  I stand with my feet wide apart and my hips pulse to the beat.  There’s a strange pull in my lower belly, like a trickling stream made of air.  The river is flowing through me.

“Inside my head I can hear it talking to me, Like the river to the ocean, I can feel it growing in me, And all day, all night, in the rhythm of the city, From the dusk to the dawn I can feel it flowing through me.  I raise my right arm up to reach the cobwebbed corner above the stereo with the candyfloss like duster.   A silky, liquid, golden, river of light flows from the handle to just below my belly button, where it is anchored.  As I move the duster upwards, the ribbon grows longer to follow it.  The gold is shimmering multi coloured, reflecting pink, purple and orange light like oil does on water.  It looks like Computer Generated Imagery in a movie.  I move my hand back towards me.  Graceful folds take up the slack of the excess ribbon.  It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.  They are perfectly spaced, sized and curved, the way a silken ribbon would curl and bounce.

“Down by the river, Life flowing deeper, Tide growing stronger, No, you can’t hold can’t hold the river.  I dance on through to the kitchen clearing away the cobwebs.  My body feels light and agile, a magical ribbon dancer.

“A jolt of fear rushes through me.  What if I’m hallucinating?  And the ribbon is gone.”

Audio: Lighthouse Family ‘Lifted’

Last week I discovered Booktrack which is an App that allows you to have an audio track in your ebook, bringing the world of the story alive as you read.  This technology is perfect to get across the inner workings of the psyche in My Beautiful Psychosis.

In the meantime I’m sharing some  extracts that would create the musical track to my story. Number two on the playlist: The Lighthouse Family – ‘Lifted.’

“Dad drives sedately through the urban sprawl of Greater Manchester.  After three weeks in hospital, my parents have pulled some strings and I’m discharged.  I lean my head against the window and feel the rhythm of the flow of the traffic in tune with the music on the car stereo.

“When it all gets dark again, the whole thing falls apart I guess, it doesn’t really matter ‘bout the rain, ‘cause we’ll get through it anyway.  The Lighthouse Family serenade me.  We’ll get up and start again, ’cause we could be lifted. 

‘Gifted more like,’ Dad jokes referring to all the get-well presents I’ve received.  But I do feel lifted for a moment, lifted by the music, the perfect soundtrack to my journey back into the world.”

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