Meditation Music

Playing a musical instrument is a lot like meditating. I find that my mind follows the notes as my fingers play and I can’t carry on a conversation while I’m playing music the way I can when I’m just listening to music. It’s like being lost in a dream.

I wrote this spare instrumental piece last week and found it more meditative than most. There’s a lot of empty space in it for the notes to reverberate. The melody follows a progression of two chords: this first is technically a B major7 suspended and the second is a B9 suspended, but neither of them are chords as much as a series of notes.

In time, I might develop this pattern into something more like a song. I sometimes throw in some open B and A chords and play them with a rapid strum like Pete Townshend but I also like this simple series of notes echoing in the hollow body of the acoustic guitar for meditation. Maybe what it the guitar really needs for accompaniment is a Rin Gong Singing Bowl. 

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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