Today’s break from the news of the week
Joy, wonder, and musical celebration.
Music and Mystery
Music has the power to inspire, to soothe and move. In this article, Popova focuses on the unique power of the composer Bach. She begins her essay with the incredible story of Clemency Burton Hill who wrote a book called Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day. She describes Bach:
“There is his (Bach’s) violin solo in E major (watch on YouTube) that always comes as ‘a shot of musical caffeine.’ In just a hundred seconds or so, this piece has the effect of apparently rearranging the molecules around me, making me see and think more clearly.”
Not long after writing her informative guide to music selections, Burton-Hill suffered a catastrophic hemorrhage in her left frontal lobe that left her unable to see, move, or speak. Slowly, Bach helped her recovery. Read more in Music and the Mystery of Aliveness.
I think I am going to go listen to some Bach.
Thanks to Kim Manley Ort for this recommendation. Check out her blog and photostreams for more inspiration.
Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find — and create — more of it in the world around us.
Just for laughs
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is always entertaining, providing a lot of fun, and quite often toe-tapping energy. Definitely one of my favourite lockdown discoveries this past year. Now that some areas are back in lockdown or facing renewed restrictions, seems a good time to highlight their lockdown series. I hope you enjoy it, whether this is your first intro or a return to this unique and talented group.