A Question of Music? A Retelling!

A friend recently asked me why music was such an integral part of my characters. Not so much in Through the Fire but most certainly with the first two books in the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy. My friend pointed out I don’t listen to music, yet both Cat Conners and Esperanza O’Connor were famous award-winning singers.

As a deaf woman, music is not a part of my life. My sounds come from what my eyes experience around me. Take me to the museum. Let me stand before a Monet, Rembrandt, Pollack or even Yayoi Kusama, and I see the music in their work.

I wasn’t born deaf, however. It was a process that took almost forty years. I knew it was happening and I readied myself. I learned the language. I leaned the culture. I immersed myself in both.

I understood one day I would not hear the music on the radio or television or in the concert halls.

I did grieve, yet that was many, many years ago.

However, I remember.

I remember the musical, CATS. I remember Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald. Bette Midler was always playing in my car and house. Chaka Kahn (we are birthday twins,) I remember the power of her voice. She was the last person I saw in concert before the last of my hearing went. Her old repertoire, the music I grew up with, I heard as if I were listening to my old LPs. Her new songs, I had no idea what was going on; there was no memory of it.

So to have the O’Connor twins both accomplished musical artist is not a stretch for me.

I don’t hear their music. Cat Conners sings The Man That Got Away immortalized by the great Judy Garland. Nor Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as played on the Steinway Grand Piano by Esperanza O’Conner.

But…I…Remember.

And remembering is enough.

Remembering makes a Pollack sound as if an experimental Jazz Ensemble were splashed on the canvas. It makes a Monet sound like the music outside a Parisian Café. Finally, Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” which I recently saw at the Seattle Art Museum, was a chorus of angels weeping songs for the lost souls of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It broke my heart!

I Remember!

And remembering is enough.

Thank you for your time and as always…”Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

www.rajlowenstein.net

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