I am sure you are getting tired of hearing this, but I love music, all kinds of music. When this word prompt came up my mind went back several years to my Music Appreciation class in college. There was one composer in particular that caught my attention – Aaron Copland. He was an American composer who did many great compositions.
One of the Copland’s pieces was “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from the Martha Graham ballet Appalachian Spring. In music a composer sometimes takes a theme or melody and will produce different versions of the melody thus creating a variation.
If you listen closely to “Variations on a Shaker Melody” you can hear the reoccurring theme or melody (in this case the shaker hymn “Simple Gifts”) many times. This ballet won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1945. I hope you enjoy this song.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – variation
The all-day snowfall finally seemed to be tapering off. He surveyed the neighborhood, it looked rather pretty with the pristine fallen snow. He was just about to go outside to clear a path on the sidewalk and driveway when Mrs. Davis from next door called his house. He answered the phone and listened intently on what she had to say. She had a proposition for him, and it could be beneficial to his needs right now. At seventy-two she was well past her prime in snow-shoveling years and had a doctor’s appointment in the morning she could not miss. She wanted to know if he would clear her driveway for her. She would pay him handsomely and he was desperate for money since he had been laid off.
He agreed to her deal and suited up for the cold weather. Just as he approached the door, he knew things had just gotten worse. The snowplow went down the road piling up a large bundle of snow at the end of the driveways. He went after the pile of snow with a dogged persistence. He was going to earn that money if it killed him and with his bad heart it just might.
Just as he threw the last shovelful of snow up onto the yard, he suddenly clutched his chest and collapsed. Thankfully Mrs. Davis was walking by the window at that moment and saw him fall. She immediately called 911 and waited for the ambulance.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – dogged
Overall, the preponderance of what I write on WP is poetry or my attempt at free verse poetry anyway. But there are times when I get tripped up by a prompt word that in no way would flow with any kind of a poetic tempo. This is one of those times so I will thank Fandango for the challenge and politely decline to find a poetic entry to this one. Let’s move on… the one from this morning looks a little easier. I think I can work with it … stay tuned to find out!
This was my sad attempt at Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – preponderance