Let's Talk About Music! By Len Stevens

Let's talk about music!

Who doesn't love a good song?{} The right song at the right time can really make your day, turn a sour moment to sweet, or make you pause and marvel at the beauty that you're hearing.{} And that moment can stick with you for months as you relive the experience over and over in your head. {}At least for me, it can.

I like to listen to a pretty wide variety of tunes.{} And a few days ago, I had a great music moment that's still with me.{} I played (softly on my work desk computer) Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, or the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.{} What a masterpiece!{} As its title suggests, this is not "stomp your foot" music.{} It won't be putting a spring in your step.{} Quite the opposite, it may make you very, very sad.{} But sometimes, the saddest songs are among the most powerful.{} (Think Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.)

I first heard this amazing music when the first movement was featured in the Jeff Bridges movie "Fearless."{} The way it was used in the movie was just perfect.{} I found it very moving.{} I searched for it, found it on CD, and have loved it since.{} I'm not sure how I stumbled on it on You Tube the other day.{} But I'm certainly glad I did.{}

The inspirations for the three movements are, certainly, tear-worthy -- among them, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II.{} The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs runs nearly an hour in total and is worth every minute.{} To me, it's among the greats of popular hits of symphonic music, up there with Barber's Adagio, Orff's Carmina Burana, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Beethoven's 9th.{} If you've never heard it, check it out.{} You may find it just as rewarding as I.

On a completely different note, musically, I'm excited to be playing the drums for Dragonfly's September 8th show at Mangos.{} They're a great local band and I'm honored and pumped up!{} Come on out and see us!{} No sad songs, I promise!