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
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...
The Moodscope Team