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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
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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.
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