12 Days of Christmas Day 11: Classical Music Start-Up Kit

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I am thrilled to present these three albums to you, as all three are dear to me.

At some point during my last years at home, I came across The Classical Music Start-Up Kit, a two-volume set. I had never had the slightest interest in classical music, but I knew that "educated" people liked classical music, so I figured I'd try it.

I was blown away. Twenty years later, I still remember specific lines from the notes, the way certain pieces felt the first time I heard them, that sense of "ah-ha!" that came with recognizing what the composer was doing.

I don't remember learning to read, but I suspect that listening to this album was something akin to that—learning a new language, the shock and thrill of recognition.

With that experience, I am thrilled to offer this set to you.

The third album is . . . opera. (Don't tune this out yet!)

In the movie Shawshank Redemption, prisoner Andy sneaks a listen to a duet from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. As his friend Red says:

"I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you those voices soared, higher and farther than anybody in a great place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our trapped little cage and made those walls dissolve away. And for the briefest of moments, every last man at Shawshank felt free."

I love that description. Buy Now.

We can all use a little more beauty in our lives. The World's Very Best Opera for Kids . . . in English offers some beauty. I encourage you to give it a try.

John and Sarita's oldest daughter
Second-generation Sonlighter
Homeschooling mom to five


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