Body and Soul
Houghton Mifflin, 1993
Claude Rawlings, a young composer, discovers every so often that a snippet of a melodic phrase would pop right into his head–seemingly from nowhere. He talks with his teacher Weisfeld, another secularist, about this phenomenon—“the sensation of being a receiver, of the stuff arriving as if by cosmic special delivery. It was both tremendously exciting and slightly scary.” Neither knows what to make of it.