Linden heard the music over the chatter of the people and the chirps of the birds. It was very faint, almost overpowered by the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But once he heard those first few notes his ear grabbed hold. The music, the sound, the inspiration, was coming from the cello resting between the knees of a woman with bright red hair. The music began to tell him a story. It was a story of sorrow and shame, triumph and loss, hope and freedom.

And the story inspired him, more than the storyteller could ever know.

He’d been trying to make ends meet, trying to find someone or somewhere that would take him in and let him prove his worth. Trying to find his purpose in a sea of other people’s purposes. Trying to find the will to take that next step forward into unknown territory.

His story was one of many. One of many like the people walking beside him, like the birds in the sky, and the woman with the cello. She was telling him her story through her music. Telling him that it was all going to be okay. The story he’d only just heard had changed him, inspired him.

He wanted to tell her his story.

Linden found his strength hidden in the back of his mind. It had been there the whole time, tucked away. The music had unlocked it. It encouraged him to take a breath, to tilt his chin high, to continue to listen to the music and let it bring a smile to his face.

He had been inspired. It was time to take a step forward; it was time for Linden to keep on living. Hope was there and he had found it, all thanks to the woman with the bright red hair and a cello resting between her knees.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Nice hopeful story, Isabel. It’s always the little things that give us the strenth to carry on. Well done.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hello Isabel, Music! No little thing. Can you imagine life without it – no bird song, no Happy Birthdays being sung to us. I always would have loved the gift of music, but I have a very good friend who plays the piano, and I am always amazed at how they just know where the right key is. And yes, how wonderful that Linden found his inspiration through the cello. I also liked the way that you used the word red as the colour of her hair, giving her and the music more emphasis.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
6 months ago

I like the idea that a piece of music, written and executed by a person who probably has gone through some hardships, can find its way into the heart of another person who can use it as an inspirational and strengthening tool. I wish that the red haired cello player gets to know what her music meant to the listener. Good writing!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

What a nice story, Isabel. I like how the music unlocked the hidden strength of Linden and brought encouragement, inspiration, and hope. Your story was one of many that captured my mind here in Voice.club. I was carried away and inspired.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza (@santina-forlenza)
6 months ago

Music from a cello inspiring your beautiful story, Isabel.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago

Light and airy, the music has proper cadence; it runs through the lines with inspiration and hope.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
6 months ago

Music is one of the most underrated inspirations of our life. We often take it for granted and this story is just what we need to learn to appreciate music once again. Nicely done, Isabel!

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