Starting out the week, particularly starting out a Monday, can be a chore that seems to have prescribed by the gatekeeper of a little place called “heck.” That said, there’s plenty of music out there that you can listen to, either on your commute, or in the office (assuming you have a boss who doesn’t it necessary to keep you miserable for absolutely no reason) that will wake you up or at the very least make the day more tolerable.
Just to be clear, there will not be any millennial nonsense on here, like whatever a “Skill Rex” is or hipster bands named after common household appliances.
In a literally bombastic way, you can start your day with the relaxing sounds of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and the cannons that get set off in the middle of the piece. Wait, there are cannons? Talk about burying the lead.
While this one is rather familiar, it’s not the longest piece in the catalog of classical music, so it’s a good pep up piece.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Oh, so you didn’t realize that we were going classical for this list? The tradition of wild-haired musicians must have started with Beethoven, who had famously questionable housekeeping skills, and even more famously was almost completely deaf when he completed his 9th and final symphony.
Fun fact about the 9th, during the premier Beethoven had to be turned around at the end to see the standing ovation, since he couldn’t hear it, and was only brought in to conduct at the end.
Mozart’s 25th Symphony
Many composers have a solid 10 or fewer symphonies under their belts, but Mozart dwarfed that number with 41 number symphonies, and about 10 more that he simply never bothered to number properly. The 25th is one his more interesting pieces, with an intense first movement featuring the string section that should be intimately familiar to anyone who has seen the first ten minutes of Amadeus.
So there you go, these are some great pieces and they should make your workday infinitely more tolerable. Give it a shot, after all, you deserve better than the latest Justin Bieber song that repeats the word “girl” or “baby” ad nauseum like the worlds most melodically skipping CD.