The New Sensation

Photo by: Etol Bagam

Sylvia didn’t know Sutter Keen. The musician was new to the stage. She watched him setting up on stage before the evening’s performance. His instruments were all hand-built. Each one a concoction of strings, bladders, water tubes, and bizarre machinery.

At last he touched one. The sound it made was unique. Sutter’s hands moved faster, touching each instrument. The sounds coming from him eased into her mind, tickling every corner. Amazed by the complex rhythms, she began recording the sublime performance on her phone.

She posted the recording to her Twitter account. Hits started rolling in, faster and faster. Within 30 minutes one million people were clamoring about Sutter Keen, the new sensation.

When he ceased playing, Sylvia ran up to him. “That was incredible! You’re a hit. What do you call that song?”

Sutter winced, “Ah…”

“Are you playing that again tonight?”

“I’m not sure I could duplicate it.”

Sylvia smiled. “I know you’re new, but you need to have self-confidence!”

“Yeah, but…”

“But what?”

“That wasn’t a song. I was just tuning the instruments!”
Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers writing challenge. Look here for the original prompt:


About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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21 Responses to The New Sensation

  1. Bwhahaha! If he can sound like that with just tuning those instruments, just think what he could do (then again, who knows how being “put on the spot” and “thinking” rather than feeling out the instruments would affect his performance). Still, this piece was awesome. I felt like I was in Sylvia’s place, listening to Sutter. Excellent and hilarious!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, that’s the dilemma. Sometimes just “feeling” the music is far better than actually thinking about it. That’s why Sutter isn’t sure he can duplicate the performance, because then he’ll be thinking about it. He’ll be fine I think. I took Picasso years to learn his unique style, but he did it. Sutter will too. Glad you had fun with this one. I really enjoyed your comments. Thanks kindly! 🙂

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  2. Hahaha! This is funny! She has all of his wonderful “music” going to Twitter and all he was doing was “tuning.” I bet you could blow her over with a feather. LOL! Great story Eric! I loved it.

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  3. Lyn says:

    If he was only tuning the instruments, wait till she hears the real thing. Of course she could always tell him she recorded it and they could go from there…instant fame and fortune.
    Have to admit though, I was expecting aliens to suddenly appear in this. Not that I’m disappointed, this had your usual twist in the tail 🙂

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  4. joetwo says:

    Art’s a funny thing. Good one.

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  5. jannatwrites says:

    Haha, that’s talent when instrument tuning can be mistaken for a song!

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  6. Indira says:

    Just tuning can get one million hits, superb. Lol.

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