What rests?

He wrote a piece of music for their wedding.
He thought through all the details for the processional, all the things they’d need and designed it to finish in such a way that it led perfectly into the ceremony. It was an artful, well-crafted, beautifully conceived piece of work.
And then the bride decided she wanted a pause in it – a pause – to give her a little something before her entrance.
And not a pause like a rest –
not like a breath –
like a full stop
like pressing the pause button on a recording-
it would have been awful
it would have sounded like a mistake
and was such a profound misunderstanding of the piece
as it was built
as if the piece were just audio wall paper
as if it were just atmosphere
as if it were a decoration you could just change the color of.

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