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Let's Talk About Music! By Len Stevens


Let's talk about music!

Who doesn't love a good song?  The right song at the right time can really make your day, turn a sour moment to sweet, or make you pause and marvel at the beauty that you're hearing.  And that moment can stick with you for months as you relive the experience over and over in your head.  At least for me, it can.

I like to listen to a pretty wide variety of tunes.  And a few days ago, I had a great music moment that's still with me.  I played (softly on my work desk computer) Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, or the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.  What a masterpiece!  As its title suggests, this is not "stomp your foot" music.  It won't be putting a spring in your step.  Quite the opposite, it may make you very, very sad.  But sometimes, the saddest songs are among the most powerful.  (Think Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.)

I first heard this amazing music when the first movement was featured in the Jeff Bridges movie "Fearless."  The way it was used in the movie was just perfect.  I found it very moving.  I searched for it, found it on CD, and have loved it since.  I'm not sure how I stumbled on it on You Tube the other day.  But I'm certainly glad I did. 

The inspirations for the three movements are, certainly, tear-worthy -- among them, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II.  The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs runs nearly an hour in total and is worth every minute.  To me, it's among the greats of popular hits of symphonic music, up there with Barber's Adagio, Orff's Carmina Burana, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Beethoven's 9th.  If you've never heard it, check it out.  You may find it just as rewarding as I.

On a completely different note, musically, I'm excited to be playing the drums for Dragonfly's September 8th show at Mangos.  They're a great local band and I'm honored and pumped up!  Come on out and see us!  No sad songs, I promise!

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