Monday, March 02, 2009

Can you feel it?

ClapClap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap ClapClap Clap Clap Clap.

He just couldn’t keep the beat, unlike everyone around him. Did they clap on the beat or off the beat? He couldn’t remember. Not that that would make a difference. It was supposed to be natural, not something to be analyzed. Heck, babies prefer bouncing on the beat, and can even recognize things off the beat when they are newborns. He was a baby once, surely he preferred bouncing on the beat back then. So why was he unable to find the beat now? Had he lost something, repressed something, damaged something? Maybe his brain didn’t work right. But he had just read that therapists were using musical rhythms to retrain stroke victims how to walk. These people are brain-damaged, and yet they can feel the beat! And he had always been healthy, no brain traumas or drug use. Maybe he was born defective, he thought the term was congenital amusia. Like being tone deaf. Che Guevera couldn’t tell the difference between fast dances and slow dances. He had read a story about Guevera telling a friend to signal him when the band played a tango, so he could dance with the girls. A miscommunication made Guevera start tangoing to a fast shora, and he didn’t realize until everyone else started laughing. Isn’t that just another case of not finding the beat? But that wasn’t at all the same as his problem. He knew that he wasn’t on the beat. He could recognize when the music was fast or slow. So why couldn’t he clap along with it? He was told to relax, to let the music wash over him. Let his body move to the music, don’t make the body move to the music. But he had never been encouraged to lose control when growing up. “Act your age.” “Don’t cry about it.” “Keep your hands to yourself.” “Stop fidgeting.” “I don’t want to hear about it.” “Don’t be such a weenie.” “Aww, are you going to cry?” His parents, teachers, and friends had expected him to be controlled, rigid, manly. Boys who didn’t control their bodies were goofballs, spazzes, emos, or jerks. Never once was he encouraged to get in touch with his emotions, except for some girlfriends, and they definitely wanted him to keep his body under control. He wasn’t sure whether the root problem was that he kept his body from expressing his emotions, or if he prevented the music from sparking emotion within him. He wasn’t even sure if there was a difference between the two. Did the emotion create the motion, or did the motion create the emotion? Hey, that was kind of like a poem. Something with a rhythm and flow. Maybe it wasn’t too late to let go. Maybe he could react like a baby. Maybe he could find himself.

Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Wow. Where did that come from - I am not sure why but I loved reading that. I read it twice.

fredösphere said...

This is startling and intriguing, and it brought to mind:
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.