We all seek it.

Yet it means something different to everyone.

The perfect sunrise. The perfect smile. The perfect chocolate soufflé. One person’s perfection is someone else’s faux pax.

The great thing is it doesn’t matter what someone else’s perfection is. You can have unlimited perfection in your life every day.

Take music. A great rock and roll solo. A sweet, tear-jerking melody. A choir that sounds like angels. All stir emotions deep inside; emotions that want an outlet. Need an outlet.

And sometimes music is just the thing to bring you out into the light of day.

I was listening to the following piece this morning, through earphones, simply sitting and being.The 1812 Overture by Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky was written in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of its motherland against Napoleon’s army in 1812. It has been used as fireworks fodder and cereal background.

A cliche of classical proportions, it takes forever to get to the finale, building, teasing, then pulling back. Cannon fire is in some scores; a choir at the beginning in others. But Tchaikovsky knew dynamics. He knew how to tell a story through music. The struggle of the peasants. Their heartbreak. Their struggles. Their war. Their victory.

Do me a favor. Put your earphones/headphones on and take 4 minutes and listen to this finale. Let your emotions build with the music. Don’t think — just feel. Just for 4 minutes.

And tell me it’s not perfection.

Oh — and P.S. — Turn it UP —

4 thoughts on “Perfection

  1. Claudia, thank you for The Overture. You know, my Russian musical education is based on Chaikovsky. I love, I adore him. Happy to listen. Do you like his famous Concerto 1 for the piano with orchestra? Oh!!! Intellectually orgasmic music, indeed.
    Have a happy day!


  2. Hi — I’m on the board of the Oakland Symphony (@OakSym). We’re opening the season on November 7th with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. I’m taking the next few weeks to learn more about Tchaikovsky and classical music — and I’m sharing cool finds on my twitter feed. I wanted you to know that i’ll be tweeting (@delidacostin) this post out in the next week or so. Thank you!


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