Monday Morning Boost: Mozart It Is!

Monday Morning Boost: Mozart It Is!

If you could listen to only one musical artist for the remainder of your life, who would it be?

Quick, what is your initial answer?

The bigger question — is that still the musical artist you would select if you could only listen to one for the rest of your life?

It is not an easy question to answer. But if you were to ask me, I do have an answer.

I’ll share as soon as someone asks me…

Cool! Thanks Mary, Mark, Jane, and John for asking! I’d love to share!

To start with, let’s look at those who would be considered at the top of the list in a few major genres.

Don Williams storytelling “Country Boy” style wins in the country realm.
Billy Joel rocks on the other side of the genre “Glass House.”
The Piano Guys instrumental arrangements truly are “Limitless.”
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square causes me to shout “Hallelujah” in my most soulful tonality.
Barry Sadler’s “Ballad of the Green Beret” deserves to be one of “America’s Best” military cadences.

While each is a worthy candidate to be my one and only, the final answer is the 18th-century classical era composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart holds this honor because his music does best for me what music is supposed to do.

It causes me to feel something.

Granted, all music is designed to help us feel something. In the case of Mozart, however, his music helps me feel what I need no matter the mood I am in or the mood I desire to be in.

That’s why Mozart it is!

Now before you go saying you’re not a classical music fan, let your mind and heart open up an itsy bit and enjoy a sampler of something new. If you are bold and adventurous, read to the end for a unique offer I have for you!

Turn up your speakers, or throw in your headphones, and enjoy this succulent sampling of “10 incredible, life-changing masterpieces from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” prepared by ClassicalFM.

Don’t worry… I selected only three for you to enjoy! Click on the link to listen.

PIANO CONCERTO NO. 24

This “grand and emotionally charged concerto… uses the biggest orchestra of any of [Mozart’s] concertos [and] was reportedly one of Beethoven’s favourite piano works.” On top of all that, it delivers a boost of energy far surpassing any energy drink.

CONCERTO FOR FLUTE AND HARP

I love this “unusual pairing of instruments” even though Mozart “wasn’t convinced by the instrumentation and never wrote another work for harp.” It truly is enchanting, perfect for creating a whimsical creative mood. Check out the intricate harp fingering at 5:39.

REQUIEM

I was first introduced to Mozart’s Requiem, a ceremonial mass honoring the dead, in Music 101 at Snow College. This haunting melody didn’t connect with me at first, perhaps because I viewed it more as homework versus a spiritual connection. Mozart composed this Requiem as he was dying and he never finished the piece before he died in 1791 at the age of 35. Later on, fortunately, “Mozart’s pupil Sussmayr completed the work.”

MY UNIQUE OFFER

True to my word, if you were bold and adventurous and tried a sampling of Mozart, here is my offer.

I believe sharing music is a great way to better understand another culture. It is also a great way to better understand another person.

In that light, you have given me a wonderful gift by letting me share a little bit of me with you. I would now like to better understand a little bit of you.

Share with me who you would pick as your one and only musical artist and share a piece of your favorite music by that artist for me to listen to.

Tell me why you like it and I will receive your gift and listen to your favorite musical artist.

It doesn’t matter what it is — mainstream or progressive, classical or new age, popular or offbeat — I will listen.

So bring on the rap, reggae, jazz, and soul. Share with me your favorite rhymic chants, instrumentals, big band arrangements, and mystical incantations.

Do you like music from another culture? I’m up for trying Arabic, Jewish, African, Asian, European, or any other music from around the world.

If you could consider it top 3 for your one and only, share it with me, share why you like it, and I will enjoy sampling it simply because you enjoy it.

Then next week I’ll share my experience. So don’t disappoint me. Share what you like.

I’m excited! Bring it on! 

Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share.

Les

p.s. Take 13 minutes today to enjoy a little Mozart or another artist from my list above, or maybe see if this piece strikes your fancy!

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2 thoughts on “Monday Morning Boost: Mozart It Is!

  1. Michale McLean or Jericho Road, or if I could just lump them together and say “My LDS Musicians”. If I could only listen to one musical style for the rest of my life it would have to be those because they sing the songs of my heart– my story.

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