Music Heals

Playlist #9 from LGSO's Cynthia Hodgson

Inspired from our friends in the Johnstown Symphony in Western Pennsylvania, we offer playlists of music that have proved meaningful to LGSO musicians and audience during this challenging time. There are two ways to participate:

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I was blessed to have played all 9 of Beethoven's symphonies with the LGSO, but #6 remains my personal favorite, especially this 2nd movement. Like Beethoven, I find comfort being outside in nature. I have often listened to this piece outdoors and it always brings a feeling of calm and solitude. In my opinion the flute solo at 5:58 is a glimpse into Heaven, and our own Eileen played this absolutely beautifully.

I heard this movement on the classical station one evening last year and was so hooked to the gorgeous melody that I attempted to learn this piece by ear at 11:00 PM. The simply gorgeous melody (yes, it is similar to There's a Place for Us)   relaxes my mind every time I hear it and I hope it brings relaxation to you as well. 
After the meditative 2nd movement, Beethoven decides to compose this incredible firework! This reminds me that after the chaos, we can all find something to celebrate. I gave myself the "Quarantined Challenge" of teaching myself this incredible piece. It's been quite the workout for my fingers, but the best medicine for my spirit. I hope the LGSO can play this piece for future concerts perhaps with our own David Anderson or a return of David Newman tinkling the ivories.
This video is from my last musical performance. I'm a member of the Vestry Choir of First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake. We were joined by the talented Potts & Pans Steelband for the incredibly exciting Carribean Mass. Little did we know that this would be last time the choir would sing together in person as this concert was a mere weeks before the Covid outbreak and our church building's temporary closing. "Kyrie Elesion" translates to "Lord have mercy" and is traditionally sung in a more somber manner. This reminds me that we can still find joy in the midst of uncertainty. This was a LOT of fun to sing.
My friend and fellow church choir member Jay composed this beautifully moving song in the days following the chaos surrounding George Floyd's death. Jay stated that the lyrics came after seeing various postings on social media in addition to his own meditations. For me this song brings tears to my eyes, but also a message of hope that we can make the changes needed to overcome racism, injustice and hatred in this world. Thank you to Jay for granting permission to share his music.