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Natural Influences in June


“There is nothing more musical than a sunset – Claude Debussy”  

Debussy asserts that musicians “read but too little from the book of Nature.” What sights, sounds, or places in nature do you find musical? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

Thanks to @liveloveFranklin for this photo of my hometown

Author: Sara Light

Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy, The Musical" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Sara has always combined her love of teaching with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website Besides being one of the main administrators (and now bloggers) Sara teaches Song Feedback and Lyric Writing at

4 thoughts on “Natural Influences in June

  1. The great composer/organist/improviser Olivier Messain based many of his melodies on the song of birds. It is said that a carving of a bird is on his tombstone.

  2. The absolute silence after a winter snowfall isn’t silence to me. It’s nature’s best blank canvas crying out to be filled with just the right accompaniment for the pristine beauty of the first snowy sunrise.

  3. beautifully said.

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