The word “inspire” means literally “to breathe upon or into.” This morning I was listening to a CD of a popular vocalist, and for some reason my attention was drawn to a sound typically unattended to by the ear: the sound of the artist taking a breath between the lines of the song. Interestingly enough, I played a few other CDs and discovered that it’s a sound common to most recordings featuring quiet vocals.
The sound is not something that you’d typically listen out for. I mean why would you? But were that breath absent, I think you would miss it. In fact, I think it’s an element of the experience that connects you intimately with the music and the vocalist. The breath — that moment of inspiration — confirms the personal nature of the music and draws you closer.
Listen to the lyrics of Breathe sung by Faith Hill:
Cause I can feel you breathe
It’s washing over me
Suddenly I’m melting into you
There’s nothing left to prove
Baby all we need is just to be
Caught up in the touch
The slow and steady rush
Baby, isn’t that the way that love’s supposed to be?
I can feel you breathe
Day 18 Guide
Listen today for the breath, that moment of inspiration.
© 2005, Levi Hill