Midges and Heart

I sing in a choir and that brings me great happiness. It’s a delight to meld our voices together in moving words and tones.

Singing with my choir sisters and brothers often makes my heart leap with joy, especially when we sing Antonin Dvorak’s music. This 19th century classical composer created glorious melodies with rhythms expressive of folk traditions in his Czechoslovakian homeland. 

Several years ago, our cherished choir director brought us a suite of Dvorak’s music to sing called Songs of Nature. Its five lilting melodies immediately enriched and challenged us. The first four songs rejoice in nature greeting the new day’s sunrise, moonlight filling the woods with silver shimmer, golden sunlight shining upon ripening grain, and a slender young birch tree wearing a feathery robe of green.

MidgeCitedThe last song—This Day—celebrates nature joyfully moving through day into glittering starlight. It begins with emphatic staccato notes: “This day was made for great re-joi-cing . . .” and quickly Dvorak brings in midges. Nature joins the celebration “To watch the mid-ges gai-ly dan-cing . . . perched on leaf and blos-som.”

The first time we sang This Day, we giggled as we visualized birds or worms or bugs dancing on leaves and blossoms. Someone asked “What are midges?” generating more trickles of laughter, but no answers. At the next rehearsal, a fellow choir member enlightened us about these very tiny, lively two-winged insects whose wings form a heart shape.

Lately, we have been joking that the midges are coming back—we plan to sing Dvorak’s beautiful songs again soon. Thinking about singing Dvorak’s songs and dancing midges gladdens my heart. What makes your heart happy?

RedHeartClosingSymbol Susan

2 thoughts on “Midges and Heart

  1. Victoria September 21, 2015 / 10:57 am

    I guess I don’t know about that particular variety of midges – all the ones I have encountered swarm around a person and bite, leaving itchy welts. They are a lot of them in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and almost make up for the fact that the island has no mosquitoes! But these heart-shaped winged ones? Must be a Georgia thing.


  2. SusanU September 21, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Thank you for sharing your midges knowledge and experience. Ireland is so beautiful, even with its midges.


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