A-Z Challenge Day 19

Short stories featuring musical instruments and those who play them!


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaComposer Richard Strauss once said ‘the human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play’  So today I’m setting aside the saxophone, the snare drum and the spoons and we’re going to have a go at Singing a Song together!.


A girl sits alone on the grass. In her hand, a flickering candle. ‘All you need is love’ she whispers. 

One by one the village folk join her. ‘Love is  all you need’ they sing.

Somewhere in Russia, a devushka wanders into a square clutching a candle. Minutes later the square is filled with people singing. ‘Vvse, chto tebe nuzhno – eto lyubov’. All you need is love.

Across the Latin world, joyful crowds gather. ‘Todo lo que necesitas es amor’ they sing as golden flames dance to the tune.

Across Africa, Asia and the Middle East people join in song.

In war-torn countries, they lay down their arms and pick up candles. Sworn enemies sing together. ‘Kl ma tahtaj ‘iilayh hu alhabu’.

The world is illuminated by candles, brightened by song. To the east, south, north, and the farthest west they sing.

Suddenly our planet becomes a happy place as we sing as one, ‘All you need is love’.

Then all falls quiet again.

A girl sits alone on the grass. ‘Love is all we need’ she whispers.





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32 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 19

  1. Gail M Baugniet Apr 22, 2021 / 01:21

    Ah, if only! Which brings me to “Imagine”. I do like the image of so many candles lighting up the world as the melody of “All You Need Is Love” reverberates around the globe.

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  2. hilarymb Apr 22, 2021 / 09:33

    Hi Keith – definitely what’s needed now and for many a day ahead … delightful S entry … cheers Hilary

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  3. earthskyair Apr 22, 2021 / 11:31

    Truth! If only, we could get our heads/hearts/hands around it and live it. Love your story! 🌷

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  4. Arti Jain Apr 22, 2021 / 14:21

    This was beautiful to read. Even if momentarily, I felt all was well with the world again. Thank you Keith. This was a much needed read. God Bless.

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  5. Iain Kelly Apr 22, 2021 / 19:27

    Lovely sentiment, music certainly can bring us all together – although my own vocal talents may spoil the mood, so I will just enjoy listening!

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