Music 101: Grace

You might try to make music without grace but I can tell you from experience that whatever it is you are creating without grace, it is not music.

Grace is a bit of a tricky concept. We have all watched someone move gracefully and felt the calmness of soul that accompanies such movement. That sudden feeling that you would like to be, or be with, another person, almost always involves a person with grace.

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers come to mind, as do Laurel & Hardy, John & Yoko, Bill & Ted, Barack & Michelle, and Billie & Finneas. There are new couples filled with grace popping up all the time. I see them everywhere I go.

Grace has a religious meaning but, not to throw shade on true believers (peace be upon them always), I do not believe that a being created and rules the universe. So, when I speak of grace I mean a secular grace. That grace, in music, requires silence as well as sound. It requires fluidity of movement and an approximation of life without limitation. It requires creativity and tapping into the god inside each of us.

It is a lot to ask of anyone. Too much, probably. But some people still find a way to find that thing inside of themselves that makes music. That thing is grace, because music requires grace in every single beat and note.

She takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name

It's the name for a girl
It's also a thought that
Changed the world
And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness
In everything

She's got the walk
Not on a ramp or on chalk
She's got the time to talk
She travels outside
Of karma, karma
She travels outside
Of karma
When she goes to work
You can hear the strings
Grace finds beauty
In everything

She carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips between her fingertips
She carries a pearl
In perfect condition
What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things
Grace finds beauty
In everything
Grace finds goodness in everything

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