Classical music

For a girl who has lived her life to a soundtrack of pop punk music, I've been completely taken aback by my newfound love of classical music. It started with meditation. In Sahaja Yoga they use music (either classical Indian or classical European) to improve focus by creating good vibrations. Until that, I'm not sure I ever thought about how physical music is. (Though when I go to hear a band I always find myself moving to the "sweet spot"...the place on the floor where the music moves evenly through your body. That is, if there isn't a mosh pit in the way.)

Not only is music physical, but it also speaks to our emotions. Often providing catharsis beyond that of a therapist. And, it can alter mood. If I feel bummed, I can plug in my "energy" playlist and be completely changed in about 15 minutes. Then there is the effect music has on our memory--recalling time and place unexpectedly more fully than a photo can.

So, if music has all of this power, what about the classics? Is there something really powerful about the music that people have enjoyed for hundreds of years?

I ran across this video on Ron Martoia's velocityvortx blog. It played into this odd new love of mine. The video is 18 minutes long. Don't start it unless you can see it through. Is worth your time. Even if you are a "punk rock prom queen."



Now, if we could get the announcers on WRR to sound like Benjamin Zander, the classical world might begin new life in other iPods alongside Evanescence and Relient K.
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Maira Gall