Musically Immortal — To Anthony with Love

Musical Mess
Copyright Rochelle Wissoff-Fields

I hate this room. I’ve spent weeks pretending the door doesn’t exist. The silence of the room is unnatural and disturbing. Even the house agrees; the floorboards squeak when I pass by, saying “Hey, what happened to the music man?” But now I’ve lost something and I can’t find it—and I’ve looked everywhere. Everywhere except one place.

Inside, the instruments look wounded, discordant. I want to apologize as I shuffle through layers of music, “I’m sorry. I miss him too.” A title jumps out at me: “To One I Love.” Reading this, I find I can finally cry.

Author’s Note:  I hated this picture the minute I saw it.  It took me a while to realize why.   For all of you out there who have known loss, perhaps the above will ring true for you also.

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11 thoughts on “Musically Immortal — To Anthony with Love

    1. Oh, it has been many years. I just get blindsided every once in a while and I remember the intensity of it like it was yesterday. Now music is just a joyful reminder–most of the time.


    1. Thank you. Yes, object resonance can be touching…but it can border on the ridiculous at times. I remember going past a stack of cereal boxes in an aisle in a store when the loss was still new. The cereal was depicting Star Wars characters–a big trigger image for remembering my loved one. It was all I could do not to start blubbering seeing those stupid faces staring out at me. Fortunately, that level of grief does pass. Now I just smile whenever I see Boba Fett. (Although, Jar Jar Binks still brings out emotional responses…mostly of the irritated kind.)


    1. Thank you Rochelle. Now for a serious question. Emotionally charged topic aside, was the use of the word ‘discordant’ when describing the instruments just too cheesy for words? Part of me wanted to just skip it as a bad joke…but, I liked the play on words. (I did refrain from saying ‘the music lay there, decomposing’.)


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