Last night, I listened to five pianists play in Central Park. And it was the first time in a few weeks that I didn't feel overwhelmed by how much I miss my sweet pup, Elvis. While they didn't play a classical rendition of "Love Me Tender" or "It's Now or Never," (which honestly, if they had, I would have likely started crying uncontrollably) they did however, play quite a few of my favorites like Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Debussy's "Clair de Lune." In a lot of ways, as I sat there in the park, wrapped in the fall evening air, it was just the hug I didn't know I needed. Music is miraculous like that, isn't it? Always healing in ways we didn't think possible.
As for this week's playlist, I decided to put together an assortment of the previously mentioned five pianists — The 5 Browns — all siblings who attended Juilliard to study classical piano. I hope they sooth you in some way, as they've certainly soothed me.
And while we're on the subject of the healing power of music, I'll leave you with this excerpt from a welcome address at Boston Conservatory, given by Karl Paulnack, pianist and director of the music division at Boston Conservatory:
"If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life.
Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft.”
Elizabeth Kennedy dress (borrowed via Nova Octo) // Tamara Melon heels (gifted) // Shot on location at Caramoor
Sorry! Me again. The Star Wars medley by the 5 Browns is SOOO GOOD!
“Helps the medicine go down!)
Listening to playlist #29 right now! It’s soooo good. I hope your heart is breaking less lately. It takes time. That’s for sure.
I’ll send you a message directly, but I’m wondering about your Christmas plans. I know we will be in both Spokane and Seattle for a bit… Wouldn’t that be nice to meet up again?!
What a quote! And I can’t wait to play this list… why wait!? I am in the library at Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, and I’m going to see if I have access to some speakers anywhere. There’s nothing like playing nice soothing music in a library.
By the way, you are looking absolutely majestic lately. I don’t know what it is, but you look ROYAL Krystal!
Hang in there.