KEEPING YOUR SANITY VIII
Headphones on, sound jacked way up, rock on with a crowd of 50,000 in Leipzig, Germany to the E Street Band improvise Chuck Berry’s classic C’est la vie, it goes to show you never can tell.
Music is a human universal. There is no human culture known to history or anthropology that doesn’t have it (along with dancing to it, by the way.) That means it’s genetic, hardwired by evolution into our DNA. And that means it should be an important part of your life, of your sense of well-being – of your sanity.
Specifically, as TTPer Yasuhiko Kimura advises, listen to music you love. Be sure and take a break, stop what you’re doing, and do nothing but just listen to a piece of music you really love.
It’s such a wonderful act of liberation, of personal freedom – for you don’t need anyone’s approval for what music you choose. The choices are virtually infinite on the Internet now, and with good headphones you don’t bother anyone else.
It put’s you in an alternate reality. The everyday world doesn’t exist for the moments you’re listening, you’re just one with the music, and the emotions it engenders – thrilling, joyful, ecstatic, playful, deep, spiritual, profound. It can also be mournful, tearful, and heartbreaking – but best choose that type in small doses if at all to keep your sanity.
How important is this? Yasuhiko tells me: “Bach, Beethoven, and Rachmaninov are my three most favorite composers. Throughout my life, in difficult times, they saved me many times.”
Perhaps he’ll share with us on the Forum just how this happened, but all of us can relate to it. I, on the other hand, have favorite particular pieces of music of various composers – like the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s 7th:
Or The Bacchanale from Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah:
And okay, most anything by Mozart, and any overture of Rossini – like The Thieving Magpie, which always puts me in a glorious mood:
Modern music? Well, Chuck Berry wrote Johnny B. Goode in 1958. Here he is performing it in 1961. Is there a better rocker in the 60 years since?
All right, you win. The Stones’ Honky Tonk Woman:
For classic 20th century modern music, however, my call is Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa’s legendary performance of Sing Sing Sing at Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938:
We could all go on like this forever, so I’d like to invite you to tell us on the Forum a few of your music favorites to keep us sane during these insane days – deal?
I’ll leave you with something you’ve heard before – but just perhaps you haven’t really listened to… for there’s a big difference between hearing and listening. If you really listen to its sheer beauty and power, it can be overwhelming. For me, music to save your sanity doesn’t get better. But that’s just me. See you on the Forum.