There have been a handful of times in my life when, driving and listening to the radio, I heard a piece of music that I connected with so deeply that I literally had to stop the car so I could really pay attention. Samuel Barber's Adagio For Strings. Muse's Butterflies and Hurricanes. Kimya Dawson's I Like Giants. It's an eclectic mix, to be sure. My musical mind works in mysterious ways.
Well, a few weeks ago, it was Peter Maxwell Davies' Farewell to Stromness that stopped me cold. I couldn't find a piano rendition on YouTube that I liked as much as the one I heard on public radio, but I did enjoy this arrangement by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
Anyway, I ordered the sheet music that afternoon; it finally arrived today. So this evening I spent a very pleasurable thirty minutes or so attempting to play it for the very first time. When it is polished and ready, I may record it and put it on YouTube myself. I think it might make a lovely mandolin solo, too.
Have you ever been so distracted by music that you had to pull off the road to listen to it?