Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Memory

I spent an enormous amount of time in my bedroom growing up.  I had this beautiful stereo that I had bought with my own money.  It had a turn table, a radio, and two cassette compartments for tapes.  I was in heaven with that thing.  My room was small and I shared it with my older sister.

When I had the room all to myself, I'd play oodles of songs from my supply of 45's and LP's and dance away in front of the long mirror that hung on the door.  A brush was often my microphone.

I remember many times sitting on the edge of my bed, looking out the window.  One of the cassette tapes I had was full of classical music.  It must have been my Mom's.  It had all the familiar tunes on it, like Fur Elise (c'mon, you know it, from Charlie Brown), Rhapsody in Blue (from United Airlines commercials), and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

But there was one song in particular that I thought was amazing.  I heard it again last night and it stirred up all those feelings that I remember having as I played it over and over again sitting in front of that window all those years ago.  It was during those times I dreamed of falling in love.  I found a clip on youtube.

If you want to hear the most romantic music ever, listen to this clip for just 3 minutes and 22 seconds.  (He actually starts the piece over at 36 seconds because someone coughs and he loses his concentration.)

When it hits the 1:20 mark, it was then that the center of my chest would burst with the beauty of it all.

My mother told me it was played in a movie called "A Story Of Three Loves."  I have never seen it, but it's on my bucket list.  I'll be sure to have my tissues close by when I do watch.


  1. Oh, I understand! It's one of my favorite pieces as well (although I'll confess I didn't know it by title). The heart bursting..... I understand! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. I'm like Nancy…I never knew the name of this piece but definitely know it. Music is so powerful…it evokes emotions in nearly every human being. I love music…all types…but classical is one of my favorites!!! Hugs.

  3. I love that piece!! As well as Rhapsody in Blue. And your images of your childhood...I can just picture what that awesome stereo looked like. I always dreamed of having one just like it. (I did have that same mic though! ha ha) Thank you for the beautiful flashback. Life was so simple "back then" wasn't it? Have a great Friday!

  4. Beautiful....and so is the music...Love, Brother Bob

  5. Hi Kathleen! I used to have a stereo in my room too. I paid for it, and I would lie on my back and dream about the future while listening to music. My tastes did not run to classical until much later in life.

    I remember my teenage son asking me "Am I just happy when I listen to classical music, or does classical make me happy?" I remember being astounded by the depth of the question. As you proved, it just touches you. What a gift!
    Happy Super Bowl Sunday :)

  6. So beautiful! I too had a stereo in my room and spent a lot of there dancing and singing...just like I was a famous. :)

  7. I love classical music! Never heard this one before. Very nice.