(With)Out Words

Do you ever find yourself out of words? It may surprise you, but I do. Perhaps, in my youthful loquaciousness, I said all I have to say? Doubtful.

Lately, I’ve leaned towards sound without words. For instance, I listen to instrumental music a lot more frequently these days. Piano, primarily (because I play now and then) followed closely by guitar or cello. I love a good acoustic guitar fingerpicking familiar melodies. And there is something about the sound of a cello that is appealing and comforting.

Thanks to my parents, my musical tastes are extremely eclectic. I just love music, especially a good song or interesting piece that nourishes my heart, soul, and mind.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve grown a fondness for the piano music of Stephen Moccio, especially his albums “Lionheart” and “Tales of Solace.”

Today, I’ve been listening to Arthur Rubinstein play Chopin’s Nocturnes, different essential works by Philip Glass, and Caroline Shaw with the Attacca Quartet, among other things.

How about you? What’s playing on your streaming device or sitting on your turntable?

You might be asking yourself—in an imaginary conversation with me—-why instrumental music?

I hear a lot, and speak a lot, of words in my everyday. There’s a cacophonous maelstrom filling my ears all day long. I hear multiple conversations and find myself engaged in multiple conversations simultaneously. In short, there is just an abundance of verbal racket in my work life. Sound, especially instrumental music, helps me heal.

Numerous articles exist supporting the idea that music heals wounds and even disease. For me, I find music grounds me and steadies my soul.

The absence of words makes it all the sweeter, similar to sitting with the one you love without the need to speak—knowing you love each other deeply.

Please feel free to engage by sharing your thoughts and experiences in the “Comments” below.


May the Lord, our God, shine His light on you and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

The Devotional Guy™

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  1. I definitely understand the pull of wordless music if you’re surrounded by so many conversations.

    I love classical music, but rarely listen as my family aren’t such fans lol

    As for what’s playing? When I last fired up Spotify it was for some Magnum, some Sarah Reeve, some U2 and some tracks from movie soundtrack albums – for our radio show this Sunday.

    I, like you, would consider my musical tastes to be rather eclectic. Except for opera…that’s just too dramatic for my ears 😁

    Andy B

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  2. bgddyjim says:

    I love this post.

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  3. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, brother. I find instrumental versions covering my fav bands like U2, Floyd to mix in with the classical or jazz instrumentals.


  4. Alan Kearns says:

    I agree Rainer, instrumental music is good for us in many ways. I have always loved classical music in all its forms, but I often prefer instrumental over vocal when I need to relax or think. A firm favourite over the years has been Franz Schubert and in particular one CD album of his 3rd and 8th symphonies.

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  5. I do enjoy well known sings adapted for films.

    I love a fresh take on a classic!

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  6. I like a lot of Schubert’s work. Thanks for commenting, Alan.

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