Morning songs

by Chloe Neill on 18 February 2013

I caught an aural peek of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man (generally recognized as the Olympic theme song) this morning, and was reminded how much I love that piece of music. It sounds so hopeful, as if the sun has finally risen after a long, dark night.

Or perhaps the sun has set after a long, tiring day.

Anywho, that made me think of other tunes that have me that same sense of “renewal” about them.

Click play, turn up the volume, and close your eyes. I dare you not to get goose bumps.

1. Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland

2.The Lark Ascending, Vaughn Williams

3. Cello Suite No. 1 in G, Bach

4. Lakme, Flower Duet, Leo Delibes

(Hang in, or FF, to the 1:24 mark).

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!!

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1 suri from oh! paper pages February 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

I love Bach’s cello suite! Gives me the chills. I’m new to The Lark Ascending, so thanks for sharing that one.

I adore Tchaikovsky – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWerj8FcprM

Beethoven is great, too! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqikTpLmnBM

Andrea Bocelli is amazing – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqmvnMQZOgM

2 Balbina February 19, 2013 at 3:13 am

From all the four music videos ,my foverite is the Lakme Flower Duet . I can see Ethan relacsing to this music after long day and thinking about Merith and what is going to happen toomorow.

3 Monica February 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I’d add Sarah Brightman’s Fleurs du Mal – from Symphony – Live in Vienna – check out the video. The music stirs something in me, and her voice gives me goosebumps.

Also, check out Gregorian’s version of Comfortably Numb – something to curl up in front of the fire and enjoy with Ethan.

4 Mzcue February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thank you for sharing these pieces. I’m an anomaly in that I love music, but forget to listen to it. Like Blanche DuBois, I guess I must rely on the kindness of strangers to inject music into my life.

As it often does when beautiful music plays, my mind was wandering around the ideas of renewal and being uplifted as they relate to Merit in your series. Merit’s fate—misfortune or advantage, depending on how you see it—confronted her with the choice of shrinking away or embracing her new life. In each of the books, she chooses anew to square her shoulders and soldier on, an intrepid soul. That may be one of the aspects of your stories that sets them apart. I certainly have enjoyed them far more than most PNR stories I encounter.

So, thanks for the books, for the music, and for sustaining our dear Merit in the face of all fantastical odds.

Now, if I can hang onto the intention without getting distracted, I think I’ll go listen to my beloved Vivaldi. I do love me some “Four Seasons,” the autumn movement especially. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygpf6mxTUeY

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