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Live Like A Nocturne

Live like a nocturne.

Simple, not pretentious.

No virtuosity for the sake of virtuosity.

Willing to be supported, not rejecting the complementing forces of harmony.

Flexible, bending and playing with time and space.

Not intrusive, yet profound in depth of emotions.

Does not speak for long, but what little a Nocturne says is able to convey all the subtle naunces of life.

Joy interspersed in sorrow. Calm brewing with drama. That sudden leap. The unexpected harmonic shift. The accidental note.

A Nocturne proclaims the power of silence, the strength of Quiet.

Just when everyone thinks a Nocturne might be easily forgotten, swept under a carpet, walked over like a doormat – the Nocturne replies. Still steady, still stable. Yet with just enough impact to make people think twice about dismissing it again. With subtle force, the Nocturne makes its imprint on the world, quietly yet significantly.

It does not need to be recognized by many, it only wishes to be with those who truly appreciate what it has to give.

Live like a Nocturne.

The Nocturne, although strongly identified with the qualities of night, also has the ability to bring those qualities to the sometimes too-harsh sunlight of day. It can soften the brashness with its gentle lyricism.

As much as the world needs glorious fanfares, magnificent symphonies, stoic marches, catchy waltzes… the world also needs Nocturnes.

Thank you, Nocturnes of the world.



5 short stories, delicately interwoven into a fine fabric of jazz-like smoothness (I have a feeling Mr Ishiguro is into jazz too, like Mr Murakami!).

Short stories usually make me feel incomplete, either because the author has chosen to leave the plot unfinished, hanging, in suspense, or because the story is simply, too short. Hence I’ve always gone for full-length novels when given a choice. Unless the author is someone I adore (like Mr Murakami, and now, Mr Ishiguro).

I got this book only because the theme was Musical (I believe I’ve also mentioned that I tend to judge books by their covers and titles).

The stories, although separate, have very strong and similar undertones, which provided an undercurrent and the momentum to carry the reader through. It actually made me want to continue to the next short story, to find out where this undercurrent would take me next. Needless to say, the theme of music resonated rather strongly with my innermost being as well.

In conclusion, Mr Ishiguro has composed a seemingly fragmented, yet subtly interlinked, piece of music, with words.