Sunday, 13 June 2010

Rhapsody in Blue.

When I was in high school, and the Spice Girls were out, and everyone loved a Zig a Zig a and were choosing which spice girl they most identified with, sporty, baby, scary, ginger or posh, I had no idea who the spice girl's were, I could, however, tell you who Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Beethoven, Greg, Holst, Vivaldi, Wagner and Bizet were.

I would listen to pieces of classical music over and over until I had every instrument introduction and key change memorised, like you would do if it was a song with lyrics, you would learn the words. I learned the song, how it sounded, and how the instruments blended and complimented each other.

I actually specifically remember standing in my bedroom and 'conducting' an imaginary orchestra, no where near correct, but it felt pretty awesome in my head. That was to Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture. That's an awesome piece of music.

There was one piece in particular that was my favourite and is still my favourite and I can still 'sing' it. I used to listen to it on cassette tape while going to bed, it lasts 17 minutes and if I wasn't asleep by the end of it I felt like I had wasted 17 minutes awake. There was a time I conditioned myself to not be able to fall asleep without hearing it.

The reason for this is that it's on just now, just randomly, and it sounds amazing. Because it is so long I can't find a legitimate copy on YouTube to share this awesome delight.

I did find half though, the sound isn't great.

1 comment:

Tari McDonald said...

That's one of my favorite songs, too!