What Music Speaks

A column about music, part one: Why Music Speaks

Tracy Lynne Oliver
May 22, 2019 · 4 min read
Illustrations by Louisa Bertman

BBecause it’s buoyed me from birth. Because it is a soothing, new skin inside my mother’s hum. Because my record player with the clown under the lid stared back at me while the shiny black spun. Because I could close my bedroom door and hide with it, in it. Because my mom blasted Streisand, Queen, Manilow and Loggins, filling the house with something…