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gether, where possible. Constant interest in each others work develops sympathy between them, a sort of telepathic tie is formed, and they grasp each other's undeveloped, or finished ideas instantaneously. They grow familiar with each other's style and individuality, which results in a completed work that is in harmony with itself, and, consequently, good in all points. The melody and words of a song must be in harmony. A skillful composer will nearly always make the melody speak the words and reflect the sentiment and atmosphere of the lyrics.
Quite frequently a composer will complete a beautiful or catchy melody, irrespective of any lyrics, but in these cases the composer can and does readily suggest the style, sentiment, and even the title of the song he desires to evolve from this "song without words." He feels the style and sentiment; the very notes of the melody seem to speak the story in a more or less vague fashion.
A famous playwright in New York City once made the remark, in speaking of his work: "I sometimes sit and think for days and my mind seems hopelessly blank. Suddenly a vague but indefinite idea appears. It seems to be a long way oft*, but as I think and think it comes closer, until gradually it develops from a misty embryo into a well defined shape or form, upon which I work until the beautifully finished production is an actuality." So it is with the author or composer of songs, especially writers of novelties. A mistyr
vague, indefinite idea appears, from which new thoughts and ideas rapidly spring, till, finally, the original novelty, the beautiful story, or the ear-haunting melody is completed. Even then, this is polished and re-polished, at length resulting in a thing of beauty, if not a joy forever, that bears upon it the stamp of success.