Welcome to Day 11 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge!

My theme my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.

MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. KEY SIGNATURE – a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating notes that are to be consistently played one semitone higher or lower than the equivalent natural notes unless otherwise altered with an accidental.


Laughter, flows from an open, animated, picture-book face, the sounds of perfect pitch, in a personalised key signature with all the sharps and flats in place.

A smooth, tinkling, continuous outpouring; bubbling , cascading, swirling round and round, like the harmonious sounds of a scale, the ebony and ivory notes chasing each other across the keyboard.


Golden laughter, reminiscent of honey, sweet on the ear and a balm to the soul. It caresses the skin, warm and pleasant, delivers a thousand tugs to the heartstrings.

It begins to rain… laughter in the rain… squeals of delight as droplets beat an incessant tattoo along the edges of a wind-blown umbrella, creep down the exposed nape at the base of the neck …  infiltrate the warm, no-go zone beneath the scarf as the wind whips it away… the squelch of feet trudging along… a soggy and mushy trail…

Laughter reflects in eyes which remain glued to the aftermath… a kaleidoscopic arc of a 3D rainbow, emblazoned across the sky, like an embossed canvas in an art gallery. 

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  1. mary aalgaard on April 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Sigh. That's lovely. Although, seven sharps is a challenge to play!
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    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Seven sharps IS a hand-full. I avoid songs in this key, or simply transpose it to a more comfortable key, like C or F major.

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    That was really nice! Great flow of words.

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks Alex, I tried to create the idea of flowing laughter…

  3. Damyanti on April 13, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I love that description of laughter you have there.

    Hope you’re enjoying the challenge so far!
    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks Damyanti – I'm having a blast!

  4. Pat Carroll Marcantel on April 13, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Love it. You do have a way with descriptive writing. I am sadly lacking in this gift, so I really appreciate it in others.

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Ms.Pat .

  5. Elise Fallson on April 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

    That was beautiful, dreamy and poetic. You are so good at this!
    "laughter in the rain…" so lovely. You have music in your writing. (:

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      I love that song! And there is a beautiful swinging, almost hip-hop styled re-make of the song which is soooo cool.(not a well-known version)

  6. Rekha on April 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Beautiful, poetic way to  paint on the art of laughter. beautiflly,soothing and encouraging words to laugh more often.

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Laughter IS the best medicine – no doubt about that!

  7. Cheryl on April 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    LOVE the way all the words swirled around like laughter in the rain!

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks Cheryl… there's something about laughter in the rain… I think the song captures the essence of it!

  8. Debbie on April 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Wow, You certainly do have a way of painting a picture words. I could just about hear the laughter.

  9. michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I'm so glad Debbie – you've made me smile! 🙂

  10. Beth Stilborn on April 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    This was written in the key of lovely. Thank you. Great images!

  11. michelle on April 15, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Thank you Beth! The key signature of laughter will remain indeterminate…

  12. Jocelyn Rish on April 16, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Very lovely and lyrical.  I espcially like the idea of "infiltrate the warm, no-go zone beneath the scarf as the wind whips it away… "

    • michelle on April 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  13. Sherry Ellis on April 18, 2012 at 1:19 am

    That's really lovely.  What great imagery and flow of words! 

    • michelle on April 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      I'm sure you could perform a violin interpretation of "laughter"…

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