Sammy the Seal

Moonlight Sonata

In vinyl on Wednesday, 21 September, 2011 at 20:04

Song: Piano Sonata No. 14 “Quasi una fantasia” in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2, though more commonly known by its unofficial name, Moonlight Sonata (First Movement)
Artist: Ludwig van Beethoven

Doing the “song/artist” thing here seems a bit silly, but even Bill and Ted know this was written by Dave Beeth-oven. Sometimes at work, there is a pianist playing tunes in the main lobby, and she was playing this this morning. You can’t tell me that knowing that a deaf man composed something as stirring, mysterious, and timeless makes you feel like a shit a little bit. Okay, I’ll say humbled instead. The other day I was talking about songs that are decades old, and how magical it is that they still breathe from so long ago. It reminds me of that wonderful quote by William Faulkner:

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again…”

Yeah, this is like that, even more so. It’s subconscious, but not a coincidence that I don’t put up so much new music these days, and that much of the music I listen to and buy these days is years, if not decades, old. Or centuries. I’m always interested in where we came from. 1801? Two hundred fucking years. Totally amazing. Respect this.

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