It’s been a long day and I’m looking for a nice way to wind down. Glass of red. Check. Two, sweet baby kittens. Check. I haven’t mentioned this on my site yet, but I guess now is as good a time as any. I am a classically trained flutist with a Master’s Degree from Indiana University.
I actually spent the last sixteen years of my life working behind the scenes at major orchestras, but I was burnt out, then I became really sick from my burnout and needed to move on. After many months of thinking about my life, I am ready to follow my heart and help people with some other things that I am passionate about, but tonight, I got to thinking about my old life, and the calming classical music I was immersed in nearly my whole life to this point.
Typically, I like to outline my posts, think about the structure and what I want to cover, sort of like how a composer might outline his work. I usually research very carefully, but this one is going to come right from my gut, as Colbert would say. Take it or leave it. If you have never listened to classical music, you have two choices, 1) be uninterested and switch to another page or 2) give it a try and see if anything moves you.
I will almost guarantee that at the very least if these works don’t move you or calm you, they may put you to sleep. Trust me when I say there is nothing that can relieve stress for you and your cat like a beautiful piece of music, even if you don’t feel stressed right now. It’s like letting out the most relaxing sigh you can imagine. If you aren’t willing to give classical music a try, think about some other genres that might bring you that kind of peace and share below. Music is truly magic in that way.
I got to thinking about all of this because I remembered one of the last times I brought Salome home from an extended stay at the vet. She was pretty anxious and I was worried about her, so I did what I normally do when I am stressed and decided to play some music.
I decided, of all things, on the Mozart Requiem. I don’t think I truly appreciated the beauty of that entire piece until I sat with her swishing her tail to the beat of the music, while gently purring on my chest through the whole piece. Clearly she was a fan. That convinced me that animals can be just as moved by music as the rest of us.
Lately, I have found, especially with two kittens running around, we can all use a little music to calm us down in the evening. So I pulled out my phone and looked up the piece that had worked in a prior cat life and started playing Mozart Requiem again. Iggy’s eyes fluttered trying to stay awake and Gussy gently curled up behind him looking for belly rubs. I think I found two more Mozart fans.
So, here is my first go at a list of gorgeous pieces to relieve stress for you and you cat. I have attached some links from YouTube for anyone interested in trying this theory out.
Elgar: “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations
Beethoven: Any Piano Sonata
Bach: Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould recording)
J. S. Bach Cello Suites
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (If I were you, I’d start here)
Don’t get me wrong there are a million pieces I could easily add to this list, and maybe at some point I will make a revised one, but I think this will be a good starting point. If you have a suggestion, please feel free to share in the comments section below or paste a link to YouTube. I’ve tried to pick some memorable performances for you. If you give it a try with your own cats, let me know the results of your experiment. I look forward to your comments.