TUESDAY TUNES: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

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CREDIT: wikipedia.org

CREDIT: wikipedia.org

It’s almost impossible to listen to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, especially the fourth movement, and not feel happiness — after all, that’s one of the reasons it’s called Ode to Joy!

The 9th has been referenced in popular culture from movies like “A Clockwork Orange” to “Die Hard”, and it actually inspired the size of the modern compact disc (CD). Even more impressive, Beethoven was almost entirely deaf when he composed the 9th; he had been going deaf since composing his infamous Fifth Symphony, so the fact that he got as far as he did was incredible.

If you ever have a chance to see the 9th performed in person, it’s pretty spectacular. In every occasion that I’ve seen it performed, the orchestra had to add extra members, and special rafters were set up for the choral singers (it’s also famous among classical music lovers for being the first major symphony to include a chorus).

Beethoven’s masterpiece is a good example of what can be achieved by someone whose passion for something far exceeds his or her barriers. When Beethoven was going deaf, he didn’t stop composing — he created his best work! His 5th-9th Symphonies are awesome. And his work inspired (and continues to inspire) generations of artists to come. Here’s hoping you’re following your passions with the same vigor… you’re sure to find many odes to joy!

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Inspiring Words Not Found In The English Language

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Hello, everyone! Sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. I’m in the middle of a Marketing Management course in my ongoing MBA effort, and it’s sometimes hard to escape to the blog. But the good news is: This is my escape, my happy place, and I’m grateful to be back even if for just a few brief moments!

I recently saw this article on BuzzFeed and was inspired by both the subject and the artwork. Not only did they find a bunch of words that really spoke to me, but so many of the pictures were perfect, too. Two of my favorites were “mudita” (I mean, that’s what this blog is about!) and “fernweh”. Hopefully it’s a “hygge” for you!

CREDIT: BuzzFeed

CREDIT: BuzzFeed

CREDIT: BuzzFeed

CREDIT: BuzzFeed

(h/t BuzzFeed)