It is absolutely fascinating to me that talent manifests itself in so many different ways. There are those who sing like nightingales, others who run like the win or dance with all the grace of an angel. There are people who can speak many languages and solve unbelievably complicated math problems. We have incredible actors, awe-inspiring public speakers, and writers who can make you laugh or cry with little more than ink on a page (the latter is, of course, what I myself strive to be).
But for me, the most mysterious of all talents is musical talent. You are looking at someone who took many a piano lesson, and was never able to bang out more than Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I can remember staring at the expanse of black and white keys, thinking that if I just closed my eyes and followed my instincts, I could somehow, magically, create beautiful music.
Unless jarringly discordant notes is your idea of beauty, than yeah—it’s safe to say that that particular theory never panned out. To this day, I am in utter awe of someone who can somehow create music out of thin air. Mozart, Beethoven, heck – even Elton John and Taylor Swift are geniuses if you ask me. But there is one person whose talent truly blows me right out of the water.
Why? Because he is the same person who used to fight with me in the backseat during those interminable road trips to Nana and Papa’s house when we were growing up. Somehow, my own brother, who is about as close to me genetically as just about anyone on earth save our sister, somehow inherited that innate, natural talent that only a true musician can possess.
How is this even possible? Me: two years of lessons = Chopsticks. Andy: No lessons = plays piano, cello, and guitar. And after a few semesters in a college music program a few years ago, not only does he play, he composes.
When I was married, his gift to me and my husband was to compose all of the music for the string quartet we hired for the ceremony. It was wonderfully unique, incredibly beautiful, and wholly us. At the time, I thought it was the single coolest thing that anyone had ever done in the history of mankind. But you know what?
I was wrong.
It was the second coolest thing ever. The first is this: After reading my debut novel, MORE THAN A STRANGER, my brother chose his favorite scene, sat down at the piano, and somehow magically transformed my words to music notes.
How brilliant is that? The resulting song, which was inspired by Evie and Benedict’s first kiss, was so moving, so exquisitely perfect for my beloved hero and heroine and the tone of the scene, that I could do little more than weep when I first heard it.
Today, I am beyond thrilled to share that song with you for the very first time!
(If you enjoyed it, just click the 'download' link above to download your free copy)
So I am dying to know: What did you think?? And I also would love to know what your talent is. Bear in mind that if your talent involves music, I shall be unattractively jealous ;)
Duchess of Delight
PS - Click Here for an excerpt from MORE THAN A STRANGER!