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I wrote this first as a poem, but always with the idea that it would be performed. (It may yet become the opening of "Aural Skills, The Musical.") Percussionist extraordinaire, Casey Cangelosi, created the musical background with me.


In the beginning was the womb
And you were surrounded by warmth
and comfort
and sustenance
and Sound.
Vibrations flowed to you from and through the giver of life.
Voices and noises
and the ever present pulse of a heartbeat.
That engine of nourishment was your constant companion
As cell by cell your body came to be
And began a heartbeat of its own.

You came to know the cadence of the two combined
Infused by music of those pulses intertwined
You learned the framework of a child and its mother
To sense a smaller pulse embraced within another
And because it was the only world you knew
It filled you and formed you as you grew
So melody and dance are your inheritance
From the woman who created and incubated you

And the central fact to which this all pertains
Is that you were born with rhythm in your veins.


from The Well Trained Ear: songs to strengthen aural skills, released May 20, 2019
David Newman - Voice, Heartbeats
Casey Cangelosi - Percussion


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David Newman Harrisonburg, Virginia

Educational Songwriter, Classical Singer, Digital Creator and Innovator, Science Geek and Music Nerd.

Music Theory and Voice Faculty at James Madison University.

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