Of Music

Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietszche

This is how I live my life. Without music, my life would be a mistake. I feel like I was born to play music. Two of my favorite pieces to play are Tango de Lejos by Maximo Diego Pujol, and Day Tripper by the Beatles. They can always cheer me up, and they are incredibly fun to play.

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.” Plato

When I don’t listen to music for several days in a row, my brain physically hurts from music deprivation. The one time this has happened to me (so far), it was assuaged by OK Go. Primarily, This Too Shall Pass and Get Over It. Rather appropriate, don’t you think? When I study, I also really enjoy listening to music, but I can’t concentrate during songs with words, and after playing classical music for 10 years I’ve heard a lot of it, so I’ve turned to video game soundtracks. Some of my favorites are the Angry Birds theme played by the London Philharmonic, the Tetris theme also played by the London Philharmonic, and the Honeyhive Galaxy music from Mario Galaxy.

Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” George Carlin

I have always danced. The dances at my summer camp for two years were the parts I looked forward to the most. When I was little, I actually took dance classes for ballet and tap, and when I was older I did a bit of jazz and hip-hop. But I haven’t always been able to take classes. So I dance at home. Sometimes when there’s a piece I just love, I’ll dance a little bit. Mostly while sitting, but sometimes I actually get up and try to remember my old ballet lessons. I’ll also be walking in a grocery store sometimes and a rhythm just hits me, and I’ll do some weird sort of psudo-hip-hop move just because I feel it. Whenever I’d go visit the house of one of my friends who still does ballet, she’d turn on music and we’d choreograph a dance to it. Some of the best music I’ve found to dance to is Caribbean Blue by Enya, Just Dance by Lady Gaga, and the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II.

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” Victor Hugo

I leave you with these songs to go throughout your day and your life, and to think about when you’re asleep: the Appassionata Sonata, and Here Comes the Sun.

None but ourselves can free our minds.” Bob Marley

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