In music, a fermata is a sign indicating the prolongation of a tone, chord, or rest beyond its indicated time value. There’s an old joke of a tee shirt with the fermata symbol and the words beneath: “I’m a fermata- hold me!”
The musical pause creates a sense of dramatic punctuation, draws attention to what is happening as the sound holds suspended, beyond the rhythm that the listener had been in sync with. Sometimes the fermata is at a time of rest, or silence. The silent hold then brings with it anticipated waiting for what is to come, or reflection of what has been heard.
Words too can carry energy, substance and weight of a punctuated emphasis or pregnant pause. I like to think of Thanksgiving as a fermata of gratitude. Sometimes words aren’t enough to express the feeling of thanks. “I can’t thank you enough”, might be an expression used to convey a magnitude of gratitude beyond words. Thanksgiving is a time for simple reflection of the people and places in our lives that cause us to pause.
It is my hope that you take the time to express your appreciation for the many gifts in life that cause a pause. I give thanks for many aspects in my life, especially to all of you who support Music Heals in ways big and small! “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Mister Eckhart