Just a note.

18 Jun 2013
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Going to a networking meeting last Friday I was listening to Classic FM, as tends to be my default choice, when they played Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream. I must have heard this piece a hundred times, but for some reason, this time I really listened to it. Thank goodness there was very little traffic on the road as I'm not at all sure I was driving with due care and attention, being almost literally away with the fairies!

Arriving at the meeting the piece hadn't finished and I made the decision to stay in my car, listening through to the very last note. It was amazing. I was totally absorbed and uplifted by that fabulous piece of music and went into the meeting in a really good mood.

Now, obviously this won't work for you if music isn't your thing, and I'm not sure that it works with the majority of Rock music (I seem to remember getting very melancholy in my younger days listening to Marillion, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull etc.) It might not work with some of the heavier Russian composers, but I think it's worth a try.

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are pieces of mathematically precise delight, Gershwin sweeps us away in the arms of seductive Jazz (for me, always shaped like the delightful Jessica Rabbit), and always, always, Mendelssohn is full of joy. I could go on, but if you love classical music you're already with me and if you don't – well, I won't try to convert you.

In fact, bearing in mind today's rather depressing Moodscope score (chicken, egg, anyone?) I think I'm signing off in order to spend some time in Fingal's Cave on right now...

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broccoliblue

June 19, 2013, 7:21 a.m.

What is it with Classical music? I get drawn to it when I can no longer bear normal radio's shallow and artifical noise. There is a piece for every mood in my collection. waltz No 2 from Shostakovic's Jazz suite right now: melancholic, then hopeful, joyful and - back to normality - melancholically acknowledging that some things never really change.

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Anonymous

June 19, 2013, 7:35 a.m.

Carl Jenkins is the guy for me, when I'm low it's the only music I can listen to.

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Anonymous

June 19, 2013, 7:54 a.m.

Hi, I agree, music has an amazing power to affect our moods. My favourite piece at the moment is finzi's eclogue, which always makes me think of wandering through a wood and suddenly happening on a summer's glade. The darker times help us appreciate and recognise moments of pure joy all the more.

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Carole Baker

June 19, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

Yesterday and today I have got up and put music on while getting the children ready for school. Not only has it put me in a wonderful mood but it has stopped them winding each other up. (Both too busy moaning at me about my choice of music and laughing at my attempts to dance.)Don't usually listen to classical but will give it go I think.

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Julia

June 19, 2013, 8:37 a.m.

I used to play a certain song by Madonna very loudly before I went into work. Like you Mary, I would sit in the car park listening to the very end, reluctantly turn off the player, gather my papers and walk into work. Her music provided such a contrast to the type of work and people I was involved with. It was good while it lasted but unfortunately as soon as I stepped into the office, I felt forced to conform, be someone I was not. But your blog about music has brought back that memory for me (and others), one that I can look back on now from a less alienating environment. I find much classical music however too emotional to listen to sometimes. But that's another story.

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Anonymous

June 19, 2013, 9:21 a.m.

A very inspiring piece Mary, thank you. Tchaikovski's Sleeping Beauty does it for me, and of course Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Uplifting music (of any sort) is often good for one's mood.......go with whatever works for you. Love and hugs to all "Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so." (W.Shakespeare)

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Michelle

June 19, 2013, 11:13 a.m.

Hello, If you like music.. listen to Ji Hae's talk on TED as she talks about how music helped her through depression! Amazing, especially the second piece. http://www.ted.com/talks/ji_hae_park_the_violin_and_my_dark_night_of_the_soul.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2013-05-25&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=top_right_button

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PWD

June 19, 2013, 4:15 p.m.

Music is a great tonic one of my favourites is john miles from 75 called MUSIC, The words say it all music was my first love and it will be my last to live without my music would be impossible to do. Try and imagine a world without music, I would not like it. Paul

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