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De-frazzling - Qualified Perceptions
This was, perhaps, not the best of times for my mother to visit. I am not at my best as a host, as I am bouncing between prepping for the Oath season finale on Saturday, finishing shumashi's pre-finale plots in a four-day blitz, fussing over the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday... Ah well. One thing at a time.

Several weeks ago when 600 users needed their passwords changed, by the end of the day, I was sure I needed a drink. So I stopped at Tosci's, and had a hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream in it. As I sat at their uncomfortable table and tried to shake off the stress of the day, I started paying attention to the music they were playing. A cello? Something like that, just one instrument, surrounded by silence, following its own path, note by note. Each sonorous tone felt like a long stroke of a wood rasp, smoothing me, shaving away the encrusted roughness on my soul. I just sat there, eyes shut, letting everything be pared away, note by note. I don't know why it affected me so strongly. I like Wagner and Mahler and the other brass-heavy composers. I tease harrock for listening to "wussy strings". But yet this one cello was wringing me nearly to tears.

Anyhow. I asked the Tosci's guy what it was: Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suites 1, 2, and 5, as played by Edgar Meyer on the double bass (not a cello after all). And now I own it, and it is playing now, and even in the ten minutes it has taken me to type this, I have gone from frazzled to calm, as note by note, I am straightened and smoothed and unbent.

Current Mood: rejuvenated rejuvenated
Current Music: Edgar Meyer, see above

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mijven From: mijven Date: March 25th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

ahhhh, music. :)
jadia From: jadia Date: March 25th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That's really awesome. I really need something like that too. :)
astra_nomer From: astra_nomer Date: March 25th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmmm, Bach Cello Suites...

maybe that's what I needed when my own mom visited last month, under similar circumstances...
greenlily From: greenlily Date: March 25th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooo. Thanks for the rec. I could use some more soothing music in my collection too. :)
countertorque From: countertorque Date: March 25th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a very descriptive post. I can imagine very clearly the cello notes sounding like a wood rasp. And the image of the music shaving rough spots off of someone's psyche is very compelling.
cfox From: cfox Date: March 25th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm just a teeny bit disappointed that that whole thing never resulted in 5000 slashdot morons telling us how to do our jobs.
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