BANNER

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 3, September 2019
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Jo Balistreri
Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA


Timbre

In a dusty old warehouse on the Charles River, wood sings. Melody vibrates within the Norway spruce waiting to be shaped into sound boards. The smell is intoxicating. We watch men cut out keyboards while others apply ebony to the natural keys, ivory to the sharps. Aproned apprentices touch the wood with reverence. The Master points to piles of satinwood, basswood, rosewood, pine. Says it is important not to forget the wood has known only the music of dense forests and high mountain tops, of the creatures that lived within its shelter, and the elements that shaped it.

It is our job, he says, to soothe the tree’s spirit.

first notes—
honeysuckle scented
by the sun

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