Candle in the Wind

I can remember Elton John singing Candle in the Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral as if it were yesterday.   At the time of that song I was not familiar with the original Candle in the Wind, or Goodbye Norma-Jean.  But now in my old age I can call up both songs in my memory and they will play in my mind for days and days after.  Funny how some songs just stick with you.

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Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, the perfect accompaniment to de-stressing…

Mozart’s piano sonata’s are some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.  My favorite performers are Murray Perahia or Mitsuko Ochida.  Miss Ochida plays with great passion and energy, and Mr. Perahia plays with romance and gentleness.  Both styles have been appropriate in my life lately.  I work as a mental health therapist and often after a long day of seeing client’s I yearn for a gentle reprieve and I know I can find it in the work of Mr. Perahia.  I had a professor in college who often felt that the invention of the cd and the stereo was one of the most important inventions of the modern era, because it took something that was once only reserved for those who could afford to have skilled musicians playing in their presence, and made skilled musicians from all over the world and in every genre available to all.  I think I agree with him, at least I certainly do after a long day at work.