Note: Not a month goes by that I don’t read about another musical instrument damaged beyond repair by airlines, baggage handlers or TSA. This month it was a grand piano, and a traditional Malian Kora.
Each one needs to be mourned.
Giving Birth to the Song
© Sean McGaughey Feb. 11, 2020
Key of F (C shape- Capo 5)
It seems every other day, I hear about another instrument
smashed beyond repair
by those entrusted with its care
They don't seem to understand, without them there's no band
No soundtracks or commercials
Leaving only Silence where once was the song.
They are more than collections
of wood, bone and wire
F G - G7
They put the heart in art
It's alchemy, a melding
of player and played
F G -- G7
Giving birth to the song.
So I'll write this letter to the handlers, drivers and inspectors
These are not merely objects, they are tools of the trade
Without them no music could be made