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May 25, 2013


Faith in the Minor Key


Jenny Doh

A song changes from major to minor when just one note moves down one tiny half-step. Musicians know this. And when non-musicians ask, "When can you tell a song is in the minor key?" I say, "You'll know it when you hear it. When you feel the melancholy."

Humans are fragile.

A lesson I learn and re-learn time and time again. Just one misstep, one half step turns the air from clear to cloudy, hopeful to troubled, major to minor.

I don't think there's a person I've met who has been able to avoid the minor key. Sometiems, the half-step change happens unbeknownst to any of us, and even in the presence of good intent.

But I have faith in the minor key ... that it'll help me better understand the human condition and accept that to find contentment and joy in the songs composed in the major key, we sometimes have to experience the ones composed in the minor.

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beautiful

Beautifully said.

Just a quick note. Your writing this week has touched me, it has inspired me, made me more courageous and it has made me more aware. Thank you for putting it on paper. Patty

Yes, we all need to hear the minor notes so we can crescendo and find our rhythm.

I love this post!~ I can see my grandfather, who was a drummer, teaching me different beats!

Beautiful Jenny~

Your words ...so well crafted. Thank you.

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