Why do minor chords sound so sad?June 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Posted in blogging, writing | 24 Comments
Lots of what happens in good writing in easily explainable. Momentum carries the reader through the piece as result of the visual, acoustic and thought rhythms. Images work by providing a context for abstract meaning. Someone more patient than I could write an entire text book about these things. Hopefully it would contain an explanation of why it is important not to dangle a participle. Sentences should contain thoughts, not let them trickle out.
But the most fascinating thing about good writing for me is the inexplicable. Somehow emotion can be conjured without being directly described. And sometimes that emotion, or tone, is very particular and doesn’t belong in a category like ‘sad’ or ‘whimsical’ or ‘bright’. Some pieces of writing are so unique and their effect on the reader so inexplicable, they can only be described as magical.
Here are two examples. A very short story by Chris Lacour which despite its apparent simplicity evokes a very particular but unnameable tone and a poem by Tipota that is a painting whose colours are tastes made entirely of letters.
“Why do minor chords sound so sad?” he ponderates scratching his baldy head with his quill.