The Music Is Speaking

Pedro Hoffmeister
2 min readFeb 26, 2022

Sometimes it’s not the lyrics.

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Have you ever noticed that music is words? Not the words in a song — not the lyrics — but the actual music itself?

I was trying to write while listening to Barber’s Adagio For Strings this morning since it’s such an incredible, evocative classical piece, and since it DOES NOT HAVE WORDS. But writing to that piece was impossible. The music itself was…

Pedro Hoffmeister

Author with Random House. TBI survivor who struggles. Poet. Climber. Former Writer-In-Residence of Joshua Tree National Park. Podcast: “Boring Is A Swear Word”