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FF – The Music of Life

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Rochelle as well!

I popped a little musical glossary at the end in case you know as little about music as me πŸ™‚

 

Bran dropped the duster and stared at the instruments, seeing his life written in music. The ebb and flow of the melody, at times allegro, others adagio. His early years, the rise and swell of a rousing march. The loss of his parents, a slow, melancholy dirge in a minor key.

His adoption by the Maestro? What music represented such misery?

β€œBran! Stop dreaming! Clean! Clean, you worthless idiot!”

The belt cracked across his back. He choked back the tears and eyed the tuba, gauging its weight. Truly a blunt instrument.

The music was about to get messily, violentlyΒ fortissimo.

 

 

allegro: played very quickly
adagio: a slow passage
fortissimo: played very loud

 

  1. June 27, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Death by Tuba, that’s a new one, but perhaps deserved.

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    • June 27, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      I wonder if he hit him with it or rammed it over his head? πŸ™‚

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  2. June 27, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of a life written in music – so apt and so tragic for your protagonist. But absolutely wonderful for others who would find the world an infinitely dull place without the magic of lyric and melody. Your story is really engaging.

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    • June 27, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      I usually have a tune in my head πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked it!

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  3. June 27, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    A blunt instrument… love that. Sure to put a dent in any skull

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    • June 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Very literally! A novel murder weapon.

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  4. June 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Poor guy. They don’t treat him right at all. Another good story.

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    • June 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Hopefully he’ll escape once he’s battered the Maestro with the tuba πŸ™‚

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  5. June 27, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Hilarious! I’m singing your praises! πŸ˜€

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  6. June 27, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    What a delightful road you took with your story. You took us through Bran’s life in music. I think it will come through in a crescendo!

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    • June 28, 2018 at 8:15 am

      I think so too! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. June 27, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I didn’t see where this story was leading – so thanks for surprising me. It sounds like the Maestro deserves what’s coming to him.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  8. June 27, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Tubas were the original heavy metal and I’m sure could create some head banging music…

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  9. June 28, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Bran may have a head for music, but he sure wouldn’t make a great assassin. There are so many ways to fail when trying to bludgeon a man with something as unwieldy as a tuba. He may as well wish for a piano to fall out of the sky like in a cartoon. Try a flute through the heart instead, young man…

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    • June 28, 2018 at 8:18 am

      You’ve really thought this through, haven’t you…

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      • June 28, 2018 at 11:30 am

        It was the recurring nightmare where I am trapped backstage at a Justin Bieber concert….

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      • June 29, 2018 at 6:31 am

        The horror!

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  10. June 28, 2018 at 11:24 am

    A man could suffocate inside a tuba. I see that very clearly.

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    • June 29, 2018 at 6:31 am

      They’re dangerous things, tubas. People just don’t realise…

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  11. June 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Wonderful imagery (er, sound-ery?) of the life written in music. But oh dear, the song has taken a disturbing turn and is about to reach a fevered pitch… The tuba is a blunt instrument in so many ways. πŸ˜‰

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    • June 29, 2018 at 6:40 am

      A note of discord is about to enter the melody of his life. I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  12. June 28, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Uh, oh. There goes another character. I’d say the lesson here is never to pick on someone who can lift and swing a large tuba. This attacker is too dumb to survive. Is he wearing a red shirt? I’ve learned their fate from Star Trek. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • June 29, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Red was his favourite colour! This was his last music lesson πŸ™‚

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  13. June 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    This was great. A lifetime described in music… ending with a deafening sound…or is that deadly?

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  14. June 28, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    i wonder if that’s the proper way to learn how to play an instrument. but who am i to judge?.

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  15. June 29, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Seems like poetic justice, or is that lyrical.
    Either way πŸ™‚

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  16. June 29, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Dear Ali,

    Truly an opus of a story. The Maestro’s about to meet his “Tuba-loo.” Brava!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • June 29, 2018 at 6:45 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Ha, “Tuba-loo” πŸ™‚ Yes, his final stanza is written. I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  17. June 29, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Loved the ending.

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    • June 29, 2018 at 6:53 am

      Thanks, the music became more discordant as the story progressed πŸ™‚

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  18. June 29, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Love the way you used musical terms within your piece. Fortunately, I knew what they were and that made it an excellent story needing no explanation!

    Click to read my FriFic tale

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    • June 29, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Adagio was the one I didn’t know beforehand. I’m glad you liked it!

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  19. June 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I love the metaphors in this, some great use of musical language

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    • June 29, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  20. June 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    LOL “blunt instrument”. That really lightens the mood.

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    • June 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      That one fell in my lap and no mistake πŸ™‚

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  21. June 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Very clever tale. The way you used music terms was brilliant from “seeing his life written in music” onwards. =)

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    • June 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I thought I’d try inserting some foreign words to make me seem all sophisticated and whatnot. I still managed to kill someone off, though πŸ™‚

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      • June 30, 2018 at 6:14 am

        Yes, I did notice that you (haha). Enjoyed it! =)

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      • June 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

        πŸ™‚

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      • June 30, 2018 at 4:04 pm

        Hmmm…I really should proofread my comments before clicking “Post” but you got my meaning anyway. πŸ™‚

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  22. June 29, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    As a musician myself, I appreciated the use of musical terms to describe the rising emotion. Well done.

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  23. June 30, 2018 at 7:41 am

    There was a lot of music going around in this story, Draliman,πŸ€” no more tubas for me, though…MOL πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • June 30, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Stay away from tubas, LB, they’re dangerous instruments πŸ™‚

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  24. June 30, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Tuba or not tuba, that is the question (sorry).

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  25. June 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

    What a gruesome end for the Maestro! Loved your use of musical terms.

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  26. June 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I really enjoyed the (musical) style of writing

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  27. June 30, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Massively original. Liked it!

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  28. June 30, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    LOVE the use of music terms and metaphor – and for some reason i felt an english accent here – ??

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    • July 1, 2018 at 5:44 am

      That would be my default accent so it’s possible! And it feels a bit “Oliver Twisty” πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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      • July 1, 2018 at 3:27 pm

        πŸ™‚

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      • July 1, 2018 at 3:27 pm

        and I just happened to start watching BBC’s series Oliver Twist (tried getting through the Pickwick Papers but was tough)

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  29. July 1, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Life written in music – a brilliant metaphor. It’ll be a sudden fortissimo for the Maestro!

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  30. July 3, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Love the way you interwove the musical terms. I had a sense of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice reading this. I think Maestro deserves a tuba over the head for his cruelty.

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    • July 4, 2018 at 5:48 am

      It does have a Sorcerer’s Apprentice sort of feel doesn’t it? He definitely deserves death by tuba. I’m glad you liked it!

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  31. July 22, 2018 at 7:31 am

    music can define any mood , any sensation and feeling… the right kind of music can lift your spirits and make you remember long forgotten someone…

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  32. September 6, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    This was fun! Way to go!

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:43 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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