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The Inspiration of Bach Cello Suite # 2 in D Minor

 If there is one piece of classical music that has stirred my soul, taken me on a journey, and has been a favorite of mine for many years in my life, it is the Bach Cello Suite # 2 Prelude in D Minor. 

You don't need to be a fan of classical music to appreciate certain composers or creative works of music. The Cello Suite #1 is very well known and has been used in movies. #2 is in the key of D minor and more solemn, deep, and reflective than the Suite #1 which is more upbeat and like a dance.

For me there is something about the cello, especially the very low notes, that resonates with my mind and soul.  

The Bach Cello Suite # 2 is one of six cello suites for solo cello. This particular one has a powerful, almost haunting melody that includes the full range of notes from high to low which also seem to reflect the full range of human emotions. 

Starting off with a slow three note introduction with the deeper bass strings, it begins to ascend then step back and ascend again. The melody is like a journey, rising and falling like the waves in the sea, and if you listen to it with headphones and can focus on every note it is very moving and engaging. 

The experience is completely different than having it playing as background music. 

We are so bombarded with thoughts and content in daily life that trying to focus on these notes in this suite which is only 4 minutes long can be a challenge. 

If you want to have a unique and enjoyable experience that packs a lot within 4 minutes, then listen to this solo cello and feel every note as it vibrates within your mind, body, heart, and soul. 



The Inspiration of Historical Fiction

Why Historical Fiction Can Create a Time Travel Experience

The main inspiration of well written historical fiction is that it creates a virtual time travel experience into the times and culture of the period. 
Usually the author has done extensive research before creating the story around historical time periods, persons, locations and events.As a result you are taken there as if in a time travel capsule-story that allows for an enjoyable journey into the past.
In 2022 I have enjoyed many excellent novels as audiobooks and many were historical fiction. So far this year these have included The Name of the Rose, All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Hamnet, Lonesome Dove, Angle of Repose, Daisy Jones and the Six, and I just finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (a 40 hr audiobook). 
 Ken Follett is a masterful author of historical fiction. Over 181 million copies of the 36 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 40 languages.
Born on June 5th, 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of the College in 1995.
from his website:
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
1989 | Historical Fiction | 1104 pages
 "A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth is Ken Follett’s classic historical masterpiece. 
A Mason with a Dream
 1135 and civil war, famine and religious strife abound. With his family on the verge of starvation, mason Tom Builder dreams of the day that he can use his talents to create and build a cathedral like no other. 
A Monk with a Burning Mission
 Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, is resourceful, but with money scarce he knows that for his town to survive it must find a way to thrive, and so he makes the decision to build within it the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known. 
A World of High Ideals and Savage Cruelty 
 As Tom and Philip meet so begins an epic tale of ambition, anarchy and absolute power. In a world beset by strife and enemies that would thwart their plans, they will stop at nothing to achieve their ambitions in a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother" . . . 
Inspiration and the Strength of the Human Spirit 
The inspiration from historical fiction allows for deeper understanding of other historical time periods, cultures, living conditions, and major events. The Pillars of the Earth has some very violent scenes and lots of death. However, that is an authentic representation of the times, when corrupt civil and church authorities could use brutality and violence as a means to their ends. Yet when good triumphs over evil and overcomes the challenges it is also authentic and allows for the story to reflect the strength of the human spirit against all odds for survival. 
Ken Follett's writing style is inspiring. He never lets up. Each sentence is carefully worded and he uses characters experiences to drive the plot of the story. 
As an audiobook, the experience of the extraordinary storytelling comes alive with an excellent narration. It's almost like time traveling if you use your imagination. 
With audiobooks you can close your eyes and let the story become like a daydream, whisking you into far away places and with vicarious journeys of characters that come alive with descriptive depths of their inner life and external experiences. 
Empathy for the strength of the human spirit in other times and places can be a common experience with extraordinary historical fiction stories. 

Enjoy the adventure of time travel !
Carpe Diem !