On my way to Idaho

On my way to Idaho
The Road Less Traveled . . .

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


There is a beautiful song arranged/composed to celebrate one of the greatest composers of the Western musical tradition, Beethoven.

 5 Secrets is so titled because the themes of Beethoven' Fifth Symphony are woven together in clever and musically satisfyingly ways, and, to recognize that Beethoven was a man of secrets. To quote the arrangers/composers of this homage:

"What are Beethoven’s secrets? He had many. His most prominent secret that he desperately tried to keep from the public and that caused him to be considered extremely eccentric, irritable, and hermit-like was his “weakness.” He was deaf during most of his life. Imagine that…one of the greatest composers that ever lived could hardly hear. And yet, he wrote his life’s greatest works after becoming deaf. He believed that art itself had “secrets” that had to be “forced into” in order to obtain art’s highest level. There is no doubt Beethoven discovered many of the “secrets” of art — people all over the world enjoy them every day. He was a true master of music, blessed by God. This piece and video are dedicated to him." (The Piano Guys - reference)

There is beauty and mystery and knowledge in both Beethoven's personal secrets and the elusive musical secrets he chased through his art. There is also an exquisiteness that is on one hand pain and the other joy, and sometimes both together.

So, before I get myself bogged down in personal esoteric musing about life the universe and everything (42), I'll get straight to the point - we all have secrets and we all feel compelled to hide them from public view like Beethoven.  Today my secret is: I think my neighbor is, well, a nudnik.

For now, click on this link 5 Secrets and enjoy the music; the joy and beauty excavated from the secrets and pain.  

(My secret here is to create a strategy that will provoke me to write more. By leaving the story unfinished I will come back and add more to it tomorrow.)

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