“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
― Gary Provost
I love this quote. It kinda sums up what I think about the world and how everyone has their own rhythm to their life. Many people consider themselves with no musical talent, but it is easy to forget that you can captivate people with your ability to speak or write to them. To capture someone’s attention. To paint their imagination with your own words and stories. Music is more than just banging drums and changing the pitch of your voice. It can be created between any number of us through sharing. Music is all around you. We just have to start listening to each other.