Active Listening
Here's my list of recommendations for some of my favorite music to listen to right now. I encourage you to turn it up as loud as possible and practice "active listening." I realize not everyone has that luxury, but headphones work, or convince your housemates to stop what they're doing for 5 minutes and listen deeply. No dishwashing, no email, no multi-tasking. Close your eyes for a beautiful ballad, do a dance with a Motown tune, use your ears or body and NOT your eyes for 5 minutes. You'll hear new bass lines, or understand anew some lyrics you never noticed before. Enjoy!
Peggy's peaceful playlist

Music I turn to when I need to reflect, cry a little, breathe, find my place in the world

(Links are for individual songs not currently available on Spotify)

Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
Movement II. Adagio
Thea King, basset clarinet, & the English Chamber Orchestra

Beethoven Trio in Bb, Op. 97, "Archduke"
Movement II. Andante cantabile

Mozart Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453
Movement II. Andante
Murray Perahia & the English Chamber Orchestra

Schumann Piano Quartet, Op. 47
Movement III. Andante Cantabile

Deep River (Trad.)
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano
From Live at Wigmore

Schumann Fantasia in C Major, Op. 17
Movement III. Langsam und getragen
Richard Goode, piano

Brahms Piano Concerto in Bb, Op. 83
Movement III. Andante
Emil Gilels, piano, and the Berlin Philharmonic

Skylark (Carmichael/Mercer)
Ernestine Anderson
from Ballad Essentials

from The Solo Album

from At Long Last

(Wendell Berry, text)
from Hymnody of Earth

Somewhere (Bernstein/Sondheim)
Tom Waits
from Blue Valentine

from Lucky Stars

Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin)
Peggo Horstmann Hodes & Kent Allyn*
from Peggo in Love

*Faculty, Alumni, and Guest Artists who have graced the Music School stage
Peggy's peppy playlist

Music that makes me want to move, smile, sing loudly, dance

(Links are for individual songs not currently available on Spotify)

Bach Italian Concerto
Movement III: Presto
Angela Hewitt, piano

Vivaldi Agitata da due venti (Grisella)
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
from Live in Italy

Caldonia (Moore)
Louis Jordan
from No Moe!

Honeysuckle Rose (Waller)
Oscar Peterson Trio
from Live at the Blue Note

Carole King
from Tapestry

Gone Fishin' (Kenny)
Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby
from The Best of Louis Armstrong

Wonderful You (Williams)
Audra McDonald
from Build a Bridge

I've Got the World on a String (Arlen)
Art Tatum, piano
from Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces

Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (Trad.)
Soggy Po Boys*
from All in Favor

Hope Lingers On
Low Lily: Lissa Schneckenburger,* Flynn Cohen,* Liz Simmons
from 10,000 Days Like These

Blow the House Down
from Pilot Machines

from Waiting for the Sun


*Faculty, Alumni, and Guest Artists who have graced the Music School stage
Turning to tech
Here are some virtual musical connections that have made a real difference for me recently:

Yannick Sequin, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera: "Conductors and performers must keep the mind cold and the heart warm."   Listen to his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air on March 19 and a stirring Beethoven symphony performance.

Stephen Sondheim, legendary musical theater composer and lyricist, on working with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story: " Lenny was never afraid of big mistakes, of falling off the top rung of the ladder. I learned the worst thing was to fall off the low rung of the ladder."   Listen to an interview on Fresh Air on March 20 (recorded in 2010). He ends with the quote, "Art is making order out of chaos."
One of my piano heroes, Fred Hersch, has been doing a ten-minute Facebook Live broadcast every day at 1:00 since March 22. Called "Tune A Day," I have tried to catch each one live, and as one viewer wrote, "thanks for the reset in my day."  A great reminder to put in a music break at a certain time. Fred signs off with, "Stay well and be kind."

And finally, after wrestling with all the workplace challenges last week, I almost forgot that the Music School's own Liz and Dan Faiella were doing a live concert last Friday night.  I took my iPad onto my back porch, put on my winter coat, and watched it on my very own stage with great western light and a perfect crescent moon ---> Yes, such a reset!!

I wish for you smiles and beautiful moments in every day, and that you stay healthy, happy, and musical! 
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