Allow me to reblog a fascinating story about Harry Chapin from The Ptero Card (an excellent, richly crafted blog site about archetypal psychology and such). I see in Debra’s account of the lyrics for “Taxi” Harry’s Elder Leader guiding his footsteps to keep him on his path of service in his brief lifetime.
If it weren’t for two of my dear High School friends, I may not have this story to tell about singer, songwriter, Harry Chapin. But it was their invitation to go see him perform in our High School auditorium during our senior year that endeared me to his music. Harry, with just an acoustic guitar, gravelly voice and a love of story songs, sat on the edge of the stage playing simple renditions of his songs. When I heard him perform Taxi, I was smitten.
Seven notes; four major scale, and three minor scale, combine in a sequence that repeat throughout the song. I have often wondered how a simple sequence of notes could touch so deeply. And what about their relationship to the lyrics? Melody, through the relationship of the notes, turns sound into emotive expression.
Music, so primary to life, was perhaps our first language. Besides the music that we humans create…
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