In all the insanity leading up to the election, and then all the fallout afterwards, I reached a place of there just being too many words in the world. I needed to not hear so many words. The day after the election, I went to turn on my usual Pandora shuffle while I worked, and was immediately overwhelmed. I’d already turned off the television. The house was too quiet, but I craved an absence of talking, of words flowing at me. I plugged in some favorite classical composers, and felt immediate calm as familiar pieces streamed from my computer.
It’s been over a week now. I still have classical music streaming….Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Chopin, Copland, Haydn, Mozart…..I played the clarinet in orchestra and chamber ensemble all through high school. So many pieces are so familiar, played many times during those years, rehearsed over and over for hours on end. I’ve missed classical music.
Eight days later, and this music is what I keep returning to. I do have regular satellite radio in the car, but it quickly overwhelms lately. I think it might be awhile that I need less words in my day. This is the easiest way to take it down a level, and just breath. I highly recommend it.