Writer’s Corner: Logan Miller

Logan Miller is a junior interdisciplinary major studying journalism, writing and business.

—-

YYZ

was

the first song I

taught myself when I

learned to

play

guitar back in

middle school, while kids

watched the

riff

I was playing

containing a key

only

Rush

could have known. To

Toronto every

note pulled

me

with the rhythm

pulsating in Morse

code. My

hand

would fret notes in

asymmetrical

tempo.

Rush

still plays it; I

do too sometimes when

I feel

My

fingers trying

to take me to the

airport,

tag

my bags, and fly

to Toronto, Y

Y Z

—–

I started playing guitar when I was twelve.  Back then, I really loved listening to a Canadian progressive rock band, Rush.  YYZ was the first song I taught myself on guitar (YouTube it!).  The intro starts out with a very distinct rhythm pattern, which I incorporated as the meter of my poem.  What I wouldn’t learn until years after I taught myself the song was that the rhythm at the beginning is actually Morse code for “YYZ.” YYZ is the airport tag-code for Toronto, Canada.

Knowing how to play (most) of the song made me feel like a master guitarist when I was in middle school.  The riff after the Morse code intro made my fingers feel like they were moving faster than I could think, and I wanted to combine that feeling of making my fingers fly with the concept of the airport tag code–all while maintaining the concealed rhythm used in the intro of the song.

Becca Kraybill
Written by Becca Kraybill

Becca Kraybill is the fall Editor-in-Chief of The Record. She is a fourth-year English Writing major and enjoys waving to babies in the grocery store.

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