Brain Dropping #128
Antidotes and Palliatives. Whenever the “gloom and dooms” seep into my skull I get out my guitar and bang away – or I go to my CD collection, or, more recently, get onto a You Tube filmed performance of a favorite piece of classical music. Today it was a complete performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe” with full chorus, well played and beautifully filmed, for the Proms Festival in the Royal Albert Hall, London. I’ve said this before but it merits repeating: Of all the human endeavors that I know of, for me nothing compares to the collective energy, communication and what could be termed the oneness of the human spirit – evident in an orchestral ensemble. The forces required for “Daphnis and Chloe” are huge! I counted about 200 hundred in the choir and 110 instrumentalists. Among the players, the racial and ethnic mix reflected a global diversity which could have stood for a new paradigm for an unconflicted world.
Wouldn’t it be brilliant if there was a pharmacopeia of music to provide antidotes and palliatives for the conditions of mental disquiet caused by some of the failings of the human condition. Here’s my suggestions:
Symptom – Anxiety, Prescription – Bach’s “Double Violin Concerto”.
Symptom – Depression, Prescription – Mozart’s “21st Piano Concerto.”
Symptom – Malaise, Lethargy. Prescription – Tchaikovski’s “Capricio Italien.”
Symptom – Incapacitating stress.
Prescription – Ravel’s “L’Apres-Midi d’un Faun.”
Symptom – Lover’s sadness.
Prescription – Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night.”
Symptom – Confusion.
Prescription – Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.”
Symptom – Insomnia
Prescription – Arvo Part’s “Spiegel Im Spiegel”
Symptom – Fearfulness Prescription – Respighi “Pines of the Apian Way.”
Symptom – Alienation.
Prescription – Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
Symptom – Paranoia
Prescription – Verdi’s “Triumphal March, Aida.”
The beauty of these antidotes and/or palliatives is that the prices are not set by Big Pharma,
and there are no negative side-effects.