My dear reader, You must be wondering “What the heck happened?” – Diane is blogging more than usual. Much more. So you don’t think you’re losing your mind, you would be correct. I wrote 21 posts in February compared to 0 (zero) in 2020!
Because I’m feeling a boost of bounce these days, I’m gonna tell you. It’s not what, it’s who: Johann Sebastian Bach is the secret behind my borderline manic yet prolific blogging.
I grew up struggling to play Bach’s 2-Part Inventions on the piano. Every teacher I had ordered me to learn them, probably because they agreed with the introduction to the book that touts:
Assiduous practice of these Inventions will be of the utmost utility to each and every talented student of piano-forte-playing who wishes to rise above mediocrity.
Heaven forbid I was a mediocre adolescent.
I rediscovered the Inventions in adulthood when I took lessons again, this time from a Juilliard-trained concert pianist who preached that I can’t be a real pianist until I can play them well.
I thought I was doing pretty pretty good until I actually listened to the master, Glenn Gould.
Despite the harsh reality that I was butchering these Bach pieces, I’m uplifted! When I started listening to The Glenn Gould Edition: J.S. Bach Two- And Three-Part Inventions while I wrote, I found inadvertently that Bach helped me write more, and hopefully better, posts. My newfound productivity isn’t surprising as classical music has been found to enhance brain activity and mood (the theory is called “the Mozart Effect”).
If you’d like to try another playlist, the Bach Study Music Playlist is great also.