by Melinda Gallo

Music flowing in my ears

I donít think I have ever walked around town with music flowing in my ears. Iíve seen so many people do it, but it just never occurred to me. I like to listen to the sounds of the city, but today I realized that I wanted to try it out. I listen to music when I run and one song always makes me feel so grateful for everything in my life, so I thought itíd be a perfect one to listen to as I sat somewhere special in my beloved city.

While the sun was heading west, clouds in the form of cotton balls were gliding to the east. I decided to go to the Loggia dei Lanzi. I sat against the pillar next to Perseo and in front of Polissena.

I found it interesting to look out at the people touring the piazza while I listened to a selection of my favorite songs. I felt secluded yet I was surrounded by people leaning over me to take photos or just view the piazza.

With my thoughts swimming in sweet melodies, the city, even though it was busy, seemed less noisy. I could hear muffled noises, but no particular voice came through clear enough for me to understand what was being said. I almost felt as if I were in a bubble, and I liked it.

No one bothered me. No one asked me directions or to take a photo for them. It wasnít that I didnít want to help out, but I liked that feeling of being isolated of my own volition.

I enjoyed noticing the details on the statues around me with David looking straight at me. The torre of the Palazzo Vecchio hovering above me as if it were protecting me.

One of the songs I listened to was called ďUnbelievableĒ by Craig David. And thatís what I think of my beloved city at times. All this beauty that I have the great fortune to be surrounded by. It is truly unbelievable.

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