Are you a fan of classical music?
Well, no matter where you fall on the scale of fandom, check out the video at the right when you have some time. "The Transformative Power of Classical Music" is a wonderful Ted Talk by Ben Zander, the Conductor and Music Director of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and his presentation may just change (or reinforce) your opinion.
Also, check out the cool book below that I got from Charm City Books.
From the preface: "The varied lives and achievements of these extraordinary men and women are celebrated in this book....Their friendships, loves, rivalries, key influences, and working methods are all part of the stories of how they created the masterpieces that speak to us so eloquently across the centuries."
And speaking of the masterpieces that they created, I've started compiling a list of my Top 100 Classical Music Favorites on my new site, "CODA; Listen, You Must." You can find it HERE.
I just started compiling my list yesterday, so as of the publication of this post, I'm up to Classical Music Favorite #5 -- with 95 to go! The masterworks are numbered, but I'm not actually ranking them -- they are just my "Top 100" favorites.
In other music news...
I've also started posting my original songs based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and other poets. You can find those posts HERE. I have 8 songs posted there at this point and more to come.
I am not a singer, so the videos that accompany my posts include a piano-only versions of the songs. If you sing, and you happen to try out one of my songs, let me know how it goes!
By Emily Dickinson:
The fascinating chill that music leaves
Is Earth's corroboration
Of Ecstasy's impediment –
'Tis Rapture's germination
In timid and tumultuous soil
A fine – estranging creature –
To something upper wooing us
But not to our Creator –