Johanna watches the storm make landfall – wind howling, trees bending, rain lashing.

Her orchestra awaits her baton. She started composing this piece when her professor first described a Category 5 Hurricane. It’s her doctoral thesis, a different kind of academic finale. The cadre of reporters will either describe a colossal failure or the jump start of a spectacular career.

Anticipatory upbeat, then a forceful downbeat. Jagged rhythms scatter the black clouds, thick harmonies straighten the trees, shrieking melodies frighten away the wind and rain.

The triumphant final chord announces a glorious purple-gold sunset.

The press goes wild!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Your story with relevance to music is so beautiful, Julie. And a very good imagination formed in my mind during my reading. I love how jagged rhythms scatter the black clouds, and thick harmonies straighten the trees, and how shrieking melodies frighten away the wind and rain. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

You are very creative in writing. Thank you so much for sharing your talent in writing with us. I am learning a lot.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Julie, I never thought of a storm as an orchestra before! This was so captivating and beautiful. I enjoyed reading this.

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Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

Julie, I could see in my mind’s eye how the storm actually “played along” as the conductor set the tempo.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

What a creative interpretation of the prompt Julie. I could hear that orchestra in my head and imagine the baton controlling the pace. I thought back to the hurricane we experienced in England in 1987 and imagined how it would sound put to music. I loved your story.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

I do enjoy your musical / orchestral interpretations of the prompts Julie. It’s lovely when you can bring your other interests into your writing. This is such a beautifully creative piece of writing.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Wow! Just reading the comments below makes me think – not a note has been played, but everyone has been able to tune into your perception, and I guess we will all see the weather through musical notes now, how marvelous is that Julie?.
I have a friend who plays the piano in a home, and her joy is in the faces that change. And I think how marvelous is that too.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

The power of music! If it can change moods, make us smile and feel happy, why wouldn’t it be possible to change other outer circumstances too? What a challenge for a doctor’s degree!
I love your coincidental experience with the hawks and the Prokofiev music. Beautiful! And then I had another image in my mind: Jesus as a conductor, standing in a boat with a furious storm around him, gradually taming it with his creative, powerful music until the waves quiet down and stillness rules.
As for your teacher, I hope that he one day saw you conducting and learned the lesson he needed to learn.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

I agree with all of the comments. This story is so creative. I really like how you described the storm using the power of three at the beginning. It creates a really clear image for me.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

We had bad storms here just over a week ago but, unfortunately, I didn’t see it in quite the same way, instead laying awake through the night wondering if our house would end up across the state! Perhaps if I’d read your story beforehand I would have had a different perspective. Next time 🙂 It won’t change the terrible destruction (100s of trees down, houses damaged, floods and many people will be without power for the next month  ?  ) but it would make it much easier through the storm. Wonderful approach to the prompt; very well done!

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