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When I was younger

my senses brought pleasure

the world was a garden

memories I treasure

but I lost my passion

as years wore on

too busy to notice

my senses were gone


When I was younger

I marveled at sight

colors and sounds

filled me with delight

but over time

colors turned gray

sound became noise

all through my day


I was so sad; pain left a hole

then noise turned to music

and rescued my soul

music inspired, while noise was empty

when noise turned to music

it saved me


When I was younger

dreams I could touch

I tasted and savored

and loved life so much

I missed my senses

when they slipped away

but the magic returned

when music would play


I was so sad; pain left a hole

then noise turned to music

and rescued my soul

music inspired, while noise was empty

when noise turned to music

it saved me

This is a watercolor I painted when I was twenty.

Opening up to share my honest feelings changed my life. Two years ago I started a blog. Not long after that, I began to play my guitar again after 30 years.

I had no idea how sad I was. I had a child who died many years earlier. I also raised 3 children and there were many challenges involved with them. I was responsible for my elderly parents. My mother had severe dementia and my father died in May.

In July of this year, I finally found my courage to separate from my husband of 31 years. I credit my music for my healing and have been creating an audio book that tells my story.

Often, I write about my feelings and magically a song appears for me. Sometimes I hear the chords first. Other times I write the lyrics. Two weeks ago, I wrote a story that I named “When Noise Turned to Music.” My husband usually had the television on and I hated being in my bedroom. I do not own a T.V. where I am now and I treasure the peacefulness!

Link to hear audio and read more: MUSIC SAVED ME

My lyrics in progress.

This past week, I wrote the lyrics for my new song. I am in the process of finalizing the guitar and melody for it. Once I record my guitar, I then work on creating an arrangement with George Reich. Arranging a song is one of the greatest pleasures in life for me.

Since I am new to Twenty Lines, I am excited to introduce myself. My name is Judy Unger. I was an illustrator for 30 years. But for the last two years, I have dedicated myself to writing and music.

My artwork can be seen at: http://foodartist.wordpress.com/

My music and stories are at: http://myjourneysinsight.com/

I am excited to share my lyrics for “Noise Turned to Music.” I have an acoustic recording of my song in progress on my blog.

The last line of my song is “my music saved me.” I had a few other choices for that line. I considered: my music freed me or my music changed me. The concept of being saved sounded a little desperate. It made me think of circumstances such as being saved from drowning or a fire – of saving one’s life.

But honestly, my music did save me. Before I found my music, my life was dark and empty. Now I’m filled with beautiful music that keeps me inspired and joyful.

© 2012 by Judy Unger and http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Author: Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!

4 thoughts on “NOISE TURNED TO MUSIC

  1. While my laptop’s battery is about to go, telling me that it’s bedtime … I’m so glad I happened to look back over here and catch this, Judy! Welcome aboard. Here’s to lots more music!

  2. Judy that was a wonderful post and poem and as for your artwork, you are a truly talented lady.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Loved the song! Loved the story! Welcome! I can’t wait to learn more about you, your writing and your music!

  4. Thank you for your comment. I write to cope with my sadness. That story was a perfect way to explain the end of my 31 year marriage. I wrote it before I could get the courage to tell my husband I was leaving.


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