The radio wakes me up one morning with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” As I lie in bed, tears of gratitude well up as I drink in this mesmerizing melody.
The gratitude sharpens my awareness of how amazing it is that a composition written in Vienna in 1801 came to be played in Los Angeles in 2018.
So much of the past has vanished into history’s mists, as far beyond the reach of memory as the dinosaurs.
Why does the “Moonlight Sonata” live on, when so many other sonatas have been written and forgotten since then?
How it got handed down to us
There were no recording devices in 1801. No copying machines. No printers.
Every copy of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14, later named “Moonlight Sonata,” had to be painstakingly written out by hand.
Then, it had to be passed on to musicians, arrangers, and conductors so it could be played in concert halls, royal courts and fancy parties, before finding its way to private homes, public universities and, eventually, YouTube.
Why go to so much trouble over a little “Moonlight”?
Majestic music stirs our souls, awakening divine qualities like Greatness in response to the divinity embedded in the song.
The quality of the “Moonlight Sonata” is such that when people hear it, it enters their souls … and they feel this immortal song must be shared, so more hearts can be touched by it.
Over the centuries, there’s no telling how many people this melody has affected, by directly or indirectly inspiring romances, marriage proposals, novels, inventions, paintings, poems, healing touch and heartfelt prayers.
The power of inspiration
When we feel, hear, or see Greatness, it awakens that quality within us.
We all have the capacity for Greatness.
Inspiration ignites it.
When we allow our Greatness to come out and play, it inspires others to express their genius, as well.
What lights you up?
Whatever inspires you … consider doing it more often.
Let inspiration work its magic on you.
The world needs your gifts. That is why your abilities and talents were given to you; to be shared.
True, it takes courage to share yourself.
Courage deserves appreciation, so …
Thank you, Ludwig van Beethoven, for ignoring those who told you that you would never make a penny as a composer.
Thank you for listening to the music inside you that demanded to be expressed so others could hear it. Bless you, for bringing forth the songs your soul sang to you.
Thank you to all the individuals who listened to “Moonlight Sonata” and thought, “Others must hear this,” and made it so.
Thank you to KUSC-FM, which wakes me up every morning with music that makes my heart rejoice.
And thank you, dear reader, for being who you are and doing what you do.
No one can express your unique, precious and irreplaceable gifts better than you.
That is your Greatness. Let it shine forth to bless us all.
Click here to listen to “Moonlight Sonata”