Embracing Beauty • Day 13 • Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

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Today, I am pleased to have another contribution from my friend Blythe, who contributed A Teacher’s Story for my second day of embracing beauty.

Blythe wrote:

I found something else to add to your collection of beauty. I LOVE going to the symphony. It’s one of my favorite stress relief activities, and for a few hours, I am transported somewhere else.

Last year the symphony in my city played Adagio for Stings by Samuel Barber. It was stunning and it brought me to tears. I could not tell you why I was crying except that it touched me so deeply in my soul that words would not suffice. It painted pictures in my imagination and for a few minutes I was transported.

I could not find a recording of the symphony in Amarillo playing it but here is a recording of the Chicago Symphony playing it and doing a stunning job.

Stay tuned for more examples of embracing beauty, and please share this post with your friends! Let’s help spread beauty all over the internet.

Also, if you have an example of beauty that you want to share, drop me a line at info@thimblerigsark.com and I’ll be happy to include it!

Embracing Beauty • The First Week & Some New

Embracing Beauty • Day 8 • More Examples of Beauty in Music

Embracing Beauty • Day 9 • Beauty goes Interstellar 

Embracing Beauty • Day 10 • Unplug

Embracing Beauty • Day 11 • The Beauty of Family

Embracing Beauty • Day 12 • Monet

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Embracing Beauty • Day 4 • The Top 100 Most Beautiful Songs According to Reddit

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Of course, a look at beauty in the world would be incomplete without an examination of beauty as represented by music.

But if beauty is subjective, beauty in music might just be doubly so. The beauty of a song can haunt me for a multitude of reasons – where I was when I first heard the song, the circumstances in my life when the song spoke to me for the first time, relationships, emotional maturity, spiritual longings… there are so many reasons why one person might be enraptured by the beauty of a song while another person might find it cloying and trite.

And so, for this first foray into beauty in music, I thought I’d go to the current arbitrar of the internet: reddit.

Three years ago, user named McSlurryHole posted a question on Reddit that he or she probably never imagined would get much traction:

“Think to yourself, what is the most beautiful song you have ever heard, im not talking about your favourite song, or the most technical, or something that made you cry, I just want to know the song that made you say ‘holy shit… I could die to this'”

After the replies came close to 10,000 in a day, another reddit user, Dansecaribe, compiled the top 100 songs from that list and created a Spotify list.

Today, for my act of embracing beauty, I give to you – embedded below – that Spotify list of the Top 100 Most Beautiful Songs, as voted by the music lovers of Reddit.

If, for some reason, Spotify won’t work for you, you can also check out this YouTube playlist, which should contain most of the same pieces of music:

Stay tuned for more examples of embracing beauty, and please share these posts with your friends each day this month! Remember, this blog doesn’t have any advertising, and I make no money off of getting hits on stories. I just want to counteract the ugliness we see each day with small and huge examples of the beauty that exists in this world!

Also, if you have an example of beauty that you want to share, drop me a line at info@thimblerigsark.com and I’ll be happy to include it!

Past days of Embracing Beauty:

Embracing Beauty • Day 1 • Hyeonseo Lee’s Escape from North Korea

Embracing Beauty • Day 2 • A Teacher’s Story

Embracing Beauty • Day 3 • The Photography of Samuel Zeller

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