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Hiding under the clavichord

Real lightning. Digital ID: 407617. New York Public Library

"When it rained, Marcial hid himself under the clavichord.  Every clap of thunder made the sound box vibrate, and set all the notes to singing.  Shafts of lightning fell from the sky, creating a vault of cascading arpeggios - the organ, the wind in the pines, and the crickets’ mandolin."

- from “Journey Back to the Source” by Alejo Carpentier (translated by Harriet De Onís)

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