[Image description: Helen Keller sits by a radio, with her hand over it, in order to feel the vibrations of the music playing]
Helen Keller wrote the following letter to the New York Symphony Orchestra in 1924, describing listening to the “Ninth Symphony” composed by Beethoven - who was also deaf - over the radio:
I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” I do not mean to say that I “heard” the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but I did not dream that I could have any part in their joy. Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibration, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roil of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and plowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voices leaped up thrilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women’s voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my fingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth – an ocean of heavenly vibration – and died away like winds when the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.
Of course this was not “hearing,” but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sense, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand-swaying reeds and winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations.
As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others – and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magnificent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.”
T | Fortunato-centric, + the truants (and Hunter) | 2,674 words | One time that each of Fortunato’s brothers and sisters hugged him.
the greatest thing anyone has ever made for me :’) pls read brellas cute fic about my precious, adorable son
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There is another Jimmy
there are two of them holy shit
really will hannibal just had us over for not-people last night
i’m thinking the dosage ike got was different. when we saw jade and fortunato get their eyes open, the reactions we saw were way different from ike’s: immediate blackout, totally sick for awhile after. ike’s still standing and speaking even after gribbs beat him up. i think this is a completely different thing, and this is the very first time we’ve seen it. we’ve also got to consider that whatever’s up with abraham and ike may make this unique to them, too.
as for nine: i don’t say she didn’t want to, but rather she was saying “gribbs if this goes wrong don’t have headmaster giving me shit, it’s your idea”. she also says ike’s ready, meaning if this isn’t him getting his eyes opened, then that could happen very soon, as he’s ripe for it. that’s actually why she opened fortunato’s eyes; dagney didn’t want to do it just after he arrived, but nine thought he was ready and a good catch (pun intended). with jade, on the other hand, she thought she was useless and not special at all, which implies nine’s success rate may not be as high as she thinks it is.
The stages of Paranatural pages, or stagesNope nevermind that portmanteau doesn’t work. The Eightfold was made by a fan a while back, it is my Friend.
for those of you not visiting the ficathon i’d like to make sure you all take a moment to read this amazing fill brella wrote me about precious baby fortunato and his brothers and sisters because it’s beautiful and amazing and she’s beautiful and amazing
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So the current Ms. Marvel series is probably my favorite comic on the market at the moment. Which is saying something since there’s quite a few good ones out there at the moment. I just really love the art in it. So I sat down tonight just to doodle up a sketch of her… It really started off as just a sketch. But it sorta snowballed into… Well, what you see. I really like how it turned out, so I hope you do too. :)
I know that it’s kind of quick, but does anyone in the pittsburgh area (specifically in the north hills or oakland) know of/have a job opening that might be safe for a trans girl?
Since my parents have been entirely unsupportive and deaf to my struggles as a trans girl, I’m currently going to fail this semester (most of my classes at least) and be placed on academic suspension. I can get into the details in another post, but yeah. So thankfully for me my parents won’t kick me out of the house, but they have called into question what would happen to the apartment that I have leased for next year (whether or not they would pay it / if they would terminate the lease). For that reason, I need a job badly so that I can provide for myself for at least the next 6 months. Since I am single and do not need much, I estimate that I’ll need to make around $1.3 - 1.7K a month, $700 of which will go to rent and utilities, and the rest to cover living expenses. I have applied for summer jobs, but have not received any responses. I have skills in chemistry and can tutor, which would be preferred. (Seriously if anyone needs a tutor and lives within the area of the port authority busses I can make that happen for cheap).
If you have an opening or know of one, please drop me an ask. Either way, please signal boost!
Thanks so much for your time!