Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Story Feature: Soul Singer

First of all, I have to say:

Pop over there and wish her a happy day.

"Soul Singer" first appeared in The Sword Review in September 2006. The story was inspired by a headline that said, "Black Hole Strikes Deepest Musical Note Ever Heard." Of course, "heard" is not quite the right word, since human ears couldn't hear a note that low. The article stated that most things give off natural, musical vibrations. I love music. I love the thought that nature sings. I wondered what it would be like to be able to actually hear it, and "Soul Singer" was born.

Sixteen-year-old Maiya Lemesa first noticed the man at the back of a crowd of mourners around the deathbed of old Mr. Winters. Perhaps it was the unusual intensity of his presence that drew her eyes to him when she should have been concentrating on the dying man. . . . But it was not his appearance that attracted Maiya’s attention. It was the rhythms of his body, the harsh tattoo of his heartbeat, the tension in his muscles, like something wild and ferocious barely held in check. His song coursed through the room, twisting its way through all the other melodies.

I hope you enjoy "Soul Singer." Click on the story's title or the picture to download the PDF. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


Aubrie said...

Oh boy, I just downloaded it to my desktop. Can't wait to read it!

David J. West said...

Love the idea, I will come back to it soon.

Joanne said...

First the thought that everything has a song is beautiful. And to be able to hear, and explore that, is a great premise to explore.

Jackee said...

Ooh, I love the premise of this story. I'm off to read it! Thanks, Angie!

dellgirl said...

Thanks, Angie. This is great. I came by, just to say hello and see how you’re doing. I hope you had a splendid week!

Happy weekend!

Suzette Saxton said...

THANK YOU! You are so sweet.