Sunday’s Song: Beethoven Meets One Republic

In a recent post discussing how to begin integrating change (personal growth) into our daily lives, one of the recommended ways was to introduce new genres of music into your listening life.  An experience at home this morning crystallized the truth of that so remarkably well I’m sharing it here.

If you’ve followed this blog you know that for these inspirational posts each Sunday focused on music and its pairing with imagery you also know that The Piano Guys are one of my favorite sources of inspiration.  This morning I had some of their videos playing and my visiting granddaughter said “Hey Nana- that’s a One Republic Song they are playing.”  Well I thought it was Beethoven! We were both right.  On investigation, we found that they had merged the music of these musicians to create something unique and very special.

What brought this performance together is part of the story as well.  The Piano Guys have as part of their mission to invite people to classical music and to inspire young musicians.  So when they were approached by the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic (Youth Orchestra) and their director Kayson Brown for the project it was a perfect match.  They took a concept and brought music to life.  By combining OneRepublic’s “Secrets” with melodies from all four of the movements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony they created “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets”.

But the insights from this don’t end there.  Because Beethoven in fact had secrets.  But the one most relevant and revealing here is that for most of his life he was deaf.  Some of his greatest works in fact came after he was totally deaf.  I can’t imagine it.  But it does beg the question about what are we accepting as a limitation that is keeping us from fully using our own gifts – from mastery.

Consider these words from Beethoven featured at the beginning of the video:

Don’t only practice your art

But force your being into its secrets

For it and knowledge can raise men to the divine


P.S.  After my granddaughter watched this video with me, we did find OneRepublic’s version and watched that together.  And she recommended another artist I might like, Lindsey Stirling. Catch the link and see an incredible performance from Phantom of the Opera.  She is a marvelous musician and brings the violin to life as a voice of many colors.  Watch here for more on her in coming weeks!

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