Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

This is my favorite song of all time. It’s always been my favorite. I’ve had to play the trumpet line before (as a clarinetist), but the clarinet part is amazing as well. In any case, this song means a lot to me.

Not sure why, but it’s soothing. You’d think the epic masterpiece that he wrote at the behest of the Tsar to commemorate defeating Napoleon would be a bit more stimulating than soothing. And it is, at times. But I also can listen to it to calm down, to center myself and to just feel more calm and at ease. And I suppose that’s the fun part. I listen to this all the time to relax, or as a break from homework/study. It’s also quite good for just listening to if you want a change of mood, at least in my experience. In any case, I should note, I’m a Russian history buff. I love it. Which is how I came across this song originally. But in the long run, I always loved Tchaikovsky, so this just made things all the more fun. It’s a good song, one that I’ve discovered I can use for lots of different purposes. Like relaxing, working on an essay, or just for fun.

I just felt like sharing my favorite song. It’s been very helpful the last few days to try and relax and get some perspective amidst the stress I’m going through.*

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