20 October 2010

That kind of music just soothes my soul

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie

Day 03 — Your favorite television program

Day 04 — Your favorite book

Day 05 — Your favorite quote

Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy

Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

I think I've always been in love with Classical music. I honestly can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy listening to it. Ever since I was a kid. Remember Fantasia? Yeah, that was one of my favorite Disney movies when I was a kid. I always loved hearing the music. I thought it was great. And of course, old-school, hand-drawn Disney animation didn't hurt either. 

In particular, I've always loved Beethoven. I think his music is just really honest, and pure, and in a way, simple. Unlike somebody like, say, Mozart. (Who I don't dislike, but sometimes, he kind of overwhelms me). 

Anyway, what I've posted above is the final movement of Beethoven's 6th Symphony. For anyone not familiar with it, the 6th Symphony is like Beethoven's homage to nature. He loved to go out for walks in the woods and from what I've read, would often just sit and listen to the forest. The 6th Symphony tells the story of a day in the German country. In the final movement, a new day breaks after a terrible storm though the night. It is so incredibly beautiful. 

Whenever I hear it, I always feel like no matter what happens, everything is going to be okay. So long as we have music like this, so long as it survives, so will my hope for humanity.  

He looks more like Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty .

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