It’s winter he says of his dream. It’s winter, and there’s a light snow falling. Not that that matters, since everything’s already buried under a thick blanket of blinding white. Isn’t it funny, how even though there’s clouds in the sky still dropping the little crystals on the world, it’s blinding white?
He pauses, then, and I can’t help but think he’s a little sad. Or not sad, perhaps, but wistful, wishing that it were a memory of tomorrow instead of a dream of yesterday.
There’s a field filled with people he continues, the smile returning to his face like a Woodstock, or one of those outdoor festivals? And I mean filled with people — it’s weird, how the world flows seamlessly from snow to people and back to snow, and I can’t tell where one begins and the other ends. Except… he trails off for a moment, and I swear that I can see his heart skip a beat in his eyes … except for her.
And I don’t know why this is important, or how, but the air is music. I mean, I know that music is just vibrations in the air, right? But that’s not it. We’re not breathing oxygen in and carbon dioxide out, but notes, and harmonies, and polyrhythms. Do you get it? The air, every molecule surrounding us, me and her, this woman who is the only thing that isn’t snow or faceless people, is living and evolving and shifting. And there’s no band, at least not that I can see maybe they’re buried under the snow, I think but there’s music everywhere. And it’s the most glorious, intense, powerful, soul-shaking thing I’ve ever heard or felt.
He stops. The smile is still on his face, but his eyes are glistening. As I watch him, waiting patiently for whatever’s coming next — because he’s surely not going to leave me hanging on this — a lone tear swells on his lid and escapes down his right cheek. He doesn’t even twitch a finger to stop it, and I can barely resist the urge to catch the drop on my finger, like a butterfly that should be touched before it flies away forever.
I think that music that was in the air was unique for everyone that heard it, that it became whatever you needed to hear, whatever would touch your soul at that moment. And maybe some of those people heard Mozart, and others heard speed metal symphonies, and probably some of them heard silence. But it was different for everyone, because that musical air was alive and intelligent and just wanted to make everyone happy.
And while I was losing myself in that space, that tick between inhaling and letting it go, feeling the snow gathering on my hands, she turned, and I saw every feature, every detail. And her eyes – my god, her eyes, like stars being born – met mine.
His voice cracks, and I suddenly realize that the one tear has become a genuine river of tears, but all the while, his smile just gets bigger and bigger, and I can’t help but feel some of his happiness myself, so contagious is it.
And I know — KNOW he says with such emphasis that it shakes me — that she and I, in all the world — we two are hearing the same song.
And it’s the only song either of us ever needed.
We sit in silence, then. And I envy him, and his dream, and his memory of the music that connects.