Sound Remains (Communing With the Dead)

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Last night, in a tiny community hall in Hobart, a séance was held.

I was there, along with a few dozen others.

As we sat in a semi-circle, candles were lit. The lights were extinguished and, swathed in black, the medium swept in.

She took her place in silence. Eyes closed, she raised her arms and – voila! – contact was made.

For the next forty minutes I sat spellbound as the spirit of a man long-dead spoke to me from the past.

That man was Johann Sebastian Bach, musician and much-loved composer.

The medium, too, was musical. A fine violinist, she played Bach’s Second Partita from memory. It was an eerie, expressive performance.

In his day, Bach knew several languages, none of them mine. Last night, he spoke using the universal tongue: music. He bared his soul in sound and, wondrously, we heard every word.


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