“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Tell us about a time when a piece of music moved you.
Do you have an all-time favourite song? Why is it significant?
Compile a playlist of 10 tracks that represent you.
by John Yeo
"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast.”
"If music be the food of love, play on."
William Shakespeare .
The piece of music that still gives rise to goosebumps whenever I hear it is the wonderful sound of, "The Lark Ascending," a violin solo, composed by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. It was played at the time of death of someone who was very close to me.
It was a very sad time for me, when I first heard this beautiful sound that resonated through my mind and reached deeply into my being. I sat listening entranced, as the violin brought pictures with a flood of memories to my consciousness.
The music was inspired by a poem of the same name by the English poet George Meredith and is based on a skylark's song, as the little bird flies higher and higher, the violin plays softer and softer until the sound eventually fades away.
I think of the way a life starts out very strong and then as death approaches the soul rises higher and higher into the heavens and finally disappears into the immensity of timeless space above.
That magical sound moved me tremendously, and I am sure it will every single time I hear it played, bringing back the magic of a little bird ascending on a Summers morning over a cornfield.
Why is it significant for me? I love the words, they always seem to inspire me to raise my aspirations as high as I possibly can, to achieve what I would like to achieve using my own initiative.
There is a huge mass of so-called feedback out there that I can totally ignore and carry on mundane-like in, "My Way".
In no particular order ~~~
- The Lark Ascending, - Violin and Orchestra.
- Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No2, Second movement -
- Casa Diva - Sung by Maria Callas -
- Time to Say Goodbye - Sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sara Brightman.
- My Way - Sung by Frank Sinatra
- Que Sera Sera Sera - Sung by Doris Day
- Bridge Over Troubled Water - Sung by Simon and Garfunkel
- Desiderata by Les Crane
- The Protecting Veil by John Tavener
- Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
This selection is the first ten tracks of many that come to mind, I would not say they represent me in any concrete fashion. They all mean something to me and they individually, bring a significant memory to mind.
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