Between the notes

Those that know me “musically” have, at one time or another, heard me say, “The real music is in the space between the notes.”   I can’t take total credit for the quote.  I heard or read something similar Wandering in the space between notesseveral years ago.  I don’t remember when, where, or who I got it from, but I decided to take it as my personal musical philosophy.

What exactly does it mean? 

Well, to me it means the time, and the thought(s) that come to mind, when you are taking in and enjoying what you just heard, and anticipating what marvelous sound might come next.  It could be the micro-second between two individual notes, the short time that a quarter or half rest takes between musical phrases or the time when you are waiting for the next piece of music to begin.  It could be a riff from your favorite song, or something you’ve never heard before. 

You could even be quietly lying in bed and a song you heard days ago comes to mind and you might wonder what the artist will come up with next.  The point is that whether you are playing an instrument or just listening, you are not fully appreciating the music unless you are able to absorb both the notes and the spaces.

I hope that today you are blessed with the ability to experience some “spaces between  the notes”.