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passion ~ music ~ dna

Updated on December 10, 2012


Listening to my classical radio this morning, I was enthralled with the featured musicians, - young folks from Bogotá, Colombia. - One young woman named Muselina, a clarinetist, mentioned that Colombian music has passion; another young man said that it's in their DNA. This concept captured my heart and mind. Perhaps I can share that moment with my own DNA's passion and touch yours.

The story related in this video about how classical music is helping in Columbia to shape and encourage the less fortunate young folks is truly inspirational.

Muselina had played her beautifully trained clarinet in a well-known restaurant in her small hometown, moving from table to table, serenading the diners. Someone asked if she "had a real job."

When she was accepted for the Bogotá Filharmonic, which required a major move for her, her parents were so happy that they pulled up stakes and moved there with her, though it meant totally starting over for them. They were all so proud that she "had a real job" with honor and a future.


No musician can bring forth music

From a mute harp.

No perfect harp can play by itself.

Nor can I bring forth from another

What is not there,

Nor respond to rigid fingertips, nor frigid.

I need an instrument

With strings which vibrate

To my touch.

Need the musician

Whose fingertips vibrate

My tones with passion.

Should this displease you, then,

Who linger, listening for silent sounds

And wondering?

Not everyone strums,

Desires harp strains

Nor hums the tune.

Pass on by.

Find your peace with silence

Or learn to blow a horn.

You may catch sounds

Of strings upon the air

From where you sit or blow.

Not every one need know,

Need play a harp

Or be a harp.

There must be some to strum

And some to blow,

To keep the beat.

Some to play the tune,

To be the melody

Or add the harmony.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


You are my harpist;

I am your harp.

I am your harpist;

You are my harp.

There's no other music

Like ours.

The sound


Music fills the air

Where we are found.

We await no audience

But our own.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The one song

Must end

For another

To begin.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

New Song



In the light.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Colin - I'm delighted that you found my hub. Music has always 'played' a major part of my life, too; many types. But my first love is the classics. What 'romantic ballad' is more gorgeous than Puccini's "Un Bel Di" from "Madame Butterfly"? What 'band-music' is more powerful than Verdi's Triumphant March from "Aida"? Is there any "Latin" music more enthralling than Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" (especially the Adagio)? But I love contemporary music of all types too (except maybe rap). Some kinds of music I prefer, of course, but there's music for every mood, movement and circumstance! There's also LIFE for them, too. To fully live, to me, requires music, though I claim to be no expert. Guess it's the same with life. Both 'come naturally'!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

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      8 years ago are truly 'the first lady of the Hubs' in so many ways - a literary cornerstone if you will of Hubpages and you embody the true spirit of this writer's community by making the world a smaller place.

      Naturally the music theme caught my eye (and ears) as I consider myself a musicologist of the highest order and I simply adore the harp and the viola da gamba. I am currently listening to J.S. Bach's solo cello suites as performed by the inimitable Mstislav Rostropovich as I always start my day with classical music and at lake erie time time canada 12:08pm I am just waking up after night shift sleep with first cup of coffee and one of my cats who would like to go outside ....

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Leslie - I've been amiss in following up on my follow of you, too! I've been over there @ your site just now and have begun to remedy that omission!

      I'm entranced! Your hubs are quite dazzling and thought-provoking, and the comments are even interesting! Thanks for coming by here today!

      BTW - thank you - It's been a lovely day so far and I hope it's the same for you!

      Hugs - Nellieanna

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      Karen Silverman 

      8 years ago

      'we await no audience but our own'...

      Good morning Nellieanna - i arrived here straight from Martie's beautiful tribute to you..

      it seems that i already follow you, altho - i've certainly not had the pleasure of knowing you, reading you, or hearing you..

      I'll try to pay closer attention, my friend and hope that you'll one day find a poetic, musical path to my little corner of the hub, as well!

      Have a lovely day..

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Pamela - again, my apology for not having replied immediately to your comments. Must have had a 'senior moment' or two!

      I'm so very glad you've re-established me as among those you follow! I value you! Thank you for the lovely compliments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Vincent! I'm embarrassed that I read your comment at the time but didn't reply right away, as is my custom! How awful. I hate to admit to absent-mindedness! ;-)

      I'm ever so pleased that my hub was a good respite from working the graveyard shift!

      Thank you so much for even mentioning my poetry with excellent music and instruments! I'm so flattered!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have not been getting emails when you post hub and I was not marked as following you, which I just changed again. This has happened before, but hopefully I fixed the problem. I loved this hub and the video was very good also. The poetry was beautiful as always.

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      Vincent Moore 

      8 years ago

      Working my graveyard shift and opening this hub to read was music to my ears, the videos I enjoyed as well. I remember watching so many older movies with Fred Estaire, Ginger, Bing and Bob and so many other greats. Your poetry is in sync with those fine instruments and make us lean forward attentive to every single word you pen. I so much enjoyed reading this musical tribute to the horn and harp from such a talented writer like yourself.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Eddy - that's a wondrous coincidence! BTW - 'Greensleeves' was my son's favorite song as a kid. I always sand it and 'Over the Rainbow' to him when he was an infant, while nursing him, rather than lullabies.

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

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      8 years ago from Wales

      So very beautiful my friend;strangely enough I added a video clip of harp music playing Greensleeves this morning.

      Beauty and serenity all the way through my talented friend and here's to so many more to come from you.

      Have a wonderful day ,take care and God bless Nellieanna.


    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      DrBJ - I'm thrilled that you see the connections as I do! Absolutely - opera (I love Puccini!) - is full of passion. And certainly there is music, rhythm, song and heart-beat in passion! I won't go into any further detail either. :-) Suffice to mention that they're in our DNA from the get-go!

      Thank you so much for your observations!! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Gypsy, - isn't that the truth! Fred -wow!! I love that grace and music!

      Thank you for the lovely comment and for passing this on. (I'm beginning to see what that means - 'passing it on.' Yesterday I saw some of my things 'pinned'. It blew me away.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Mhatter - Thank you, kind sir! I agree - MUSIC, not noise!! It may be a subjective delineation as to what is music, but it's mine, too, that noise does not qualify as music!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Your creative hub title, Nellieanna, is perfection. There is passion in music - just listen to an opera by your favorite composer. There is music in passion - I know I do not need to go into detail here. And both inevitably become a part of our DNA - our very being.

      Thank you for your lovely, literate poetry and the graceful video of Astaire and Vera-Ellen who are poetry, too, in motion.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. This is fantastic. The music, the words just wonderful and what a great ending - Fred - wow. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Great poem and true ( but only for music and not noise). Thank you for sharing this valuable truth.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - and I knew you would be happy to know it, Maria. All the love that's flowed between him and the sistas is so real and has been such a bonanza for him. I will give him your love.

      Thank you for your gracious comments, my dear. Hug you!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      The one song

      Must end

      For another

      To begin.

      Oh Nellieanna, you are the wisest woman. Your work moves me to tears.

      I am so glad my bro is OK. please give him my love. You too, Maria

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      This is indeed a treasured comment, my Martie! Your expertise in music is formidable! Thank you! That the encouragement to kids to develop their musical talent with orchestral instruments and experience is of high value, though, is just what I wanted to emphasize! And you key into it first-hand. I so appreciate your visit and comments!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, this is a hub right up my street. I have witnessed the results of music tuition for 20 years. Developing their music talent on orchestral instruments gave wings to many children who were lost in their broken homes. I love the music in here, Nellieanna, and, as always, your engrossing and heavenly poetry.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes, Genna! I wondered how the idea of passion as music, and music as passion would 'fly'. But they're inherently linked! Everyone has some gene for music of some sort, I think. I've wished mine were more prominent, but I enjoy it thoroughly even as modest as it is.

      You're exactly right - it is each if our promise & hope - coming to us and emanating from us. It's built-in; can't be taken from us.

      I so admire this Columbian project to reach kids who wouldn't otherwise have that particular opportunity, with the classics and the experience of playing in an orchestra! It blew me away to hear of it!

      Thank you for the lovely comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Sandra, - ah, yes. The song popped into my head yesterday when this hub was taking shape in my mind.

      My music history is so vast and lengthy, - and I always sang and played the popular songs, - that there's no telling which will pop into my mind! When it did, I just had to find a rendition of "Thinking of You" on tube! I couldn't have been more pleased when I found that one. Often vintage songs don't translate so well to today's media. That was from a movie, so probably it was taken right out of the film reel!

      It's said that Vera-Ellen dances most like Fred Astaire of any of his excellent partners. I'd agree. She moves like a feather. Her voice was dubbed, I understand, - but it sounds fitting & pleasant, anyway.

      Thank you for visiting and for the votes and shares, dear lady!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Harriet! The treat is mine, my dear, having you stop by! Thank you! You, of all people, can fully understand this musical theme, too. I think of you often, miss you and look forward to seeing you again! Big hugs!

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Dear Nellieanna;

      When I saw the title of this poem in my e-mail, a smile lifted my heart, and I thought, “Ahhhh.” To describe such passion as music is not easy, despite what others may think. But is it there, and so uniquely our own. It is one of humanity’s triumphs. No one can take the song from us. To recognize this is our promise, and our hope – to ourselves and to others. This poem speaks of this so beautifully. Up ++.

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      Sandra Busby 

      8 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Thanks, Nellieanna, I haven't heard that song in too many years. Voted up and shared.

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      8 years ago

      What a treat this morning! Voted up and beautiful.


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