Haiku of the Day for July 2023 features Guest Editor William Scott Galasso’s collection on the theme of the Music and Memory. This is what Scott has to say by way of introduction to this theme:
For the month of July, I chose to explore the relationship between Music and Memory. In what way does music inspire, leaving its imprint on our brains, hearts, spirituality, thus allowing us to celebrate nature and our place in it? What other art has the capacity to enrich our lives by soothing the “savage beast,” or energizing us to get up and dance? How many of us know of elders who could barely recall what they did on a given morning, yet they knew the lyrics and melodies of songs they heard decades ago? Only music provides the ability to express our deepest feelings and conversely recall what we were doing, when, and how in each moment (the very essence of haiku). Hence, music is more than mere entertainment, it’s an affirmation towards happier, healthier lives. Therefore, wide latitude is given in how the haiku express our connection through music. All of us are informed by what we hear in the natural world, and through the music we create with voice, and the instruments we play. May you all enjoy each day.
—William Scott Galasso