Samuel Barber‘s Adagio for Strings is one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music in the world. It’s become America’s semi-official music for mourning, used at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s funeral and after JFK’s assassination. But somewhere along the way, it went from an anthem of sadness to one of joy.
As I struggle day and night to process what is happening in the world, I feel that this piece of music reflects without words how I feel. It helps me process and release pent up sorrow and grief. By the end of it, I feel a peaceful calmness that helps me continue on in this time of uncertainty. I hope it soothes you as it does me. Be well and be safe.