By Ron Pickett
A CONCERT ON THE BAY Debussy’s Dialogue of Wind and Sea Flows from the shell. The water in the bay reflects the setting sun. A lone seagull soars smoothly above the crowd. The dialogue is muted, the wind a gentle breeze. The low rumble of the engine on an outgoing fishing boat blends with the timpani. We are transported from the realities of the world. The music and the bay have achieved their raison d’état. There are two harps, Two! Everyone watches the big screens. The conductor becomes physically involved – emotionally. His hair flows with the excitement of the music. The air is chilled, moist, flowing across the audience. A Sea-doo race ends; there is a clear winner. The music, the magic ends with an explosion of applause. We leave changed slightly, better. The dialogue encompasses much more than the wind and sea.
Ron Pickett is a retired naval aviator with over 250 combat missions and 500 carrier landings. His 90-plus articles have appeared in numerous publications. He enjoys writing fiction and has published five books: Perfect Crimes – I Got Away with It, Discovering Roots, Getting Published, EMPATHS, and Sixty Odd Short Stories.
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