Y is for YENTL

Welcome to Day 25 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. YENTL – this is a 1983 romantic musical drama film from MGM, starring Barbara Streisand and based on the play of the same name. The film's musical score and songs were composed by Michel Legrand.

The lone, haunting sound of a flute filled the air, shattering the stark serenity of the twilight hour.

I wondered again, about the source of that heart-wrenching yet nostalgic melody, Papa Can You Hear Me, that penetrated the darkness, and the anguish felt by the flute player… 

For three weeks, the wistful sound had become my constant companion,  like a faithful ally helping to soothe my fears. I embraced it as one would an old familiar friend.

Seconds, or was it minutes, or an hour maybe, passed .

I waited expectantly, with bated breathe, for the dying strains, which lingered imperceptibly, almost painfully, and then receded into the distant night, becoming fainter and fainter…

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  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 30, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Very haunting!

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      I've realised that I'm quite drawn to this haunting-styled writing…

  2. tara tyler on April 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    yentl was a great musical =) barbara streisand is an awesome lady!
    you did a fantastic job with the fest!

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      I love Barbara Streisand – she's legendary! Thanks for following me during the A to Z.

  3. Debbie on April 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Once again you have got my mind racing to answer all the questions, like who? and why? and what next?

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Seems like my writing always leaves you wanting more info… that's a good thing, isn't it? 🙂

  4. mary aalgaard on April 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, her candle is going out.

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Slowly but surely…

  5. J.L. Campbell on April 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    You've made me almost hear the haunting sound.

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      I'm glad that my writing had this effect on you. Thanks J.L.

  6. Rachna Chhabria on April 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    A haunting piece. The flute took me back to my school days wherein I had started playing the flute for the school band.

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      It's a simple instrument to learn as a youngster, and quite nifty too… you can carry it wherever you go… so how long did you play in the school band?

  7. Rekha on April 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Haunting, seemed almost like you were mourning the end of this flash challenge.
     Sorry, tried to accessyour blog for the last couple of days, got a bandwith error message.

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Yes, the last two posts are mournful  – this post, and the Z-post which I will post shortly.

      Sorry that you were unable to access my blog…  everything seems to be on track now… and I hope it remains that way.

  8. Leslie Rose on April 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I'll have to dig out my Yentl soundtrack. I haven't listened to it in awhile. 

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I love Barbara Streisand. She is one of two artists, who can move me to tears with that distinct voice…

  9. Karen Elizabeth Brown on April 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Barbara Streisand was one of a kind – amazing. And the piece you wrote did have a haunted sound to it. I agree with eveyone else here.

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Now that I come to think of it, Barbara Streisand's voice also has that sad and haunting quality…  she is MORE than amazing… 🙂

  10. Robyn Campbell on April 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Excellent! And super memorable. *waving*

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      *waving back* Thanks for the support, Robyn.

  11. Jocelyn Rish on April 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Like others have already said, another haunting entry!

    • michelle on April 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn! Actually my last 4 posts are haunting, sad, depressing… there's a pattern…

  12. Shelly on May 1, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I agree with everyone else here. Your writing is always wonderful.

    • michelle on May 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

      Shelly, thanks for your encouragement & ongoing support! It has helped me a lot.

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