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Chime in: Is Music the Key to Success?

This recent essay in the New York Times by Joanne Lipman, whose work we’ve featured on WFMT, provoked much discussion on the internet last week about possible links between the study of music and success. So we’ll continue the discussion by asking you: Is the study of music the key to success? How has studying music contributed to your success? We’ll read responses on-air Thursday until 7 pm.

  • Carla

    My undergrad was not in music, but I was a student of music (oboe and piano) from the time that I was 7 until about 17. My father listened to a lot of classical music and I remember it being around me from a young age. I am interested in many other types of music as well, but when things get chaotic or I need to focus on something I turn to symphonic classical.

    I lost my father a few years ago and oddly enough the only type of music I could listen to for a year or so was classical. I was pregnant at the time-it was a difficult year. I had a son who is now very musically interested. When he acts like the 3 year old he is, I put on some classical and he starts to calm down. It’s like magic.

    It’s hard to define success in general. But I would say that when I need to relax and focus, bring my mind back to a quiet or thoughtful place, listening to music helps me achieve that success.

  • Gregory Susoreny

    My son chimed in this AM as I had been listening to the Morning Program. He poked his head into the living room, proclaimed “Stressful music…” and stalked off. Folks preparing for stressful days, or driving home on annoying X-ways are not enchanted by classical music’s answer to heavy metal.

    • Ann Raven

      I am sorry that your son feels this way now. Maybe he will change his mind later? I am actually exhilarated by classical music though I don’t know what “heavy metal” classical would be. Be more specific, I am curious!

      • Gregory Susoreny

        Heavy-metal classical: loud, sometimes annoying or mood-inappropriate, time-of-day-month-year insensitive music that often sounds like a full-orchestra version of a child banging on a piano. Opera played at these times no doubt contributes to road rage, and razor accidents.

        (FMT’s drive-home selections and AM selections often contain music of this sort, adding to the angst of the drive, and could likely be the deciding factor in various suicides.)

  • Ann Raven

    “Di Quella Pira” sung by Jonas Kaufmann took my breath away this morning. A truly heroic performance. I agree with Peter that he is the best tenor singing today. Thanks!!!

  • Bruce Oltman

    I fail to apprecite the tired old classics being offered during the pledge drive. Instead, I liststen to WQXR/Q2, which is now playing the Glass Symphony #8. So until you offer the box set of the complete works of Philip Glass, I’ll refrain from giving an additional donation during the drive.

  • JM

    Announcers during fundraising use the term “in-house” a lot. Outside WFMT, that term has baggage. This could be an on-air talking point. In-house at WFMT is a good thing.

  • Marion Ostrega

    Yes, music is the key to success, depending on your definition of “success.” For this pledge drive, success surely means reaching that $900k level. May I suggest two themes I have not heard, though they may have been run previously:

    1) “Then and Now”: offer recordings of artists recorded when they first were starting out, and when they are now accomplished. I realize that is not doable for the likes of Mozart, Bach, etc, but perhaps those in current history. Please use “Introductions” and save these recordings so that this idea can be used, for example, 50 years hence in pledge drives.

    2) “National Night” Offer compiled major recordings of performers from each nation: Poland, Germany, Italy, France…My mother, e.g., would LOVE to hear Paderewski and Chopin, and I am sure would become a member. My son, a first year graduate student at Roosevelt University in the CCPA recently subscribed because of the gifts/incentives offered by Dr. Fogel: Bronislaw Huberman. It is a gift my mother, Brian’s grandmother, would truly enjoy.

    Keep up the good work!


    no more caffeine for Peter, please.

  • RustyEggleston

    Am I the only one who doesn’t enjoy hearing Alec Baldwin’s voice on WFMT?

    • umbriago

      No, you’re not alone. He really is awful, but not as bad as Dick Cavett used to be. I’m sure the NYP could do a lot better.

  • lindsay

    good morning Carl and WFMT! I love waking up to hearing your station. I’m just wondering if you might post a list of favorite seasonal music by hosts. Thanks again for the great work you do!!

  • William K

    It’s Maria Callas’ birthday! Where are the Callas tunes?

  • William K

    It would be nice to hear a little Phillip Glass every now and then, especially now that we’ve heard enough Benjamin Britten for the next 100 years.

  • william k

    Thank you WFMT, for showing me how beautiful a life free of Benjamin Britten can be.

  • Larry Larson

    Candace, dear, College of DuPage is not French, it’s pronounced as “page.” 😉

    • Jon Kavanaugh

      Larry, dear, Ms. Agree’s first name is spelled Candice, as in “Candice”

      • Larry Larson

        Oops! Thank you, Jon.

  • Sonia Csaszar

    Could somebody tell the gentleman announcer of yesterday afternoon (Dec. 9th) that “Sans Souci, ” French for “without worries,” should be pronounced [Sans-soussi], not suchi? And the city of Rüdesheim (am Rhein) requires German pronunciation, as in [Rúdes-heim], not Rude-shaim? He was doing the same last year.

  • Gregory Sakal

    I had a flashback to the 1960’s this morning. The Stravinsky piece you played at around 6:45 a.m. EST was the opening theme for “Anniversary Concert”, a program aired daily on WNCN 104.3 NYC back in the day. I don’t recall having heard it played since until this morning.

  • William K

    You call this Children’s Month?! So where’s the Kindertotenlieder?!

    • RustyEggleston

      However, in the same vein, a great way to put anyone in the Christmas mood was Debussy’s, “Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de masons,” played yesterday at 1:14 p.m.

      • William K

        Don’t know that one. Do children meet an untimely end?

      • RustyEggleston

        Claude DeBussy was dying of cancer and not to fond of Germans in France during Christmas in WW I. It was his last song:

        We have no more house nor home

        Enemies took all we had: all gone, all gone, even our own little bed!

        The school they burnt; then burnt out teacher too.
        They burnt the church and also the Lord Jesus Christ,
        The poor old beggar too who could not get away!

        We have no more house nor home!
        Enemies took all we had: all gone, all gone, even our own little bed!

        Surely, Daddy to fight has gone,
        Poor Mummy is in Heaven!
        Died and did not see all this.
        O! What shall we do now?

        Jesu! Infant Jesu!
        Do not go to them
        Don’t go back to them ever
        Punish them all!

        Avenge the children on France!
        The little Belgians, the little Serbians and the Polish children too!
        Yet should we some forget, pray forgive us.

        Noel! Noel! No toys! We want no toys!
        But may we please get back again our Daily Bread

  • William K

    I suspect I’m speaking for your many pagan or godless listeners when I say looking forward to your programming for the Winter Solstice/Saturnalia Holiday. All this shopping music for the Christian martyr god is getting tiresome. How I long to hear selections from the Carmina Burana or Das Lied von der Erde. I suspect at this very moment your library of movie soundtracks s being searched for some of that Pagan Party music from old Cecil B de Mille epics.

  • FC Larsen

    Love the luxuriant music – Finzi, warlock – keep up the gorgeous English music – and thank you !!

  • Jon Novi

    Music is the key to success, at least it is 100% in my case, and it is the consolation of everyone on earth. Thank God Almighty for WFMT and its hosts.

  • Henry Tsai
  • Elizabeth M.

    Usually enjoy / appreciate most of the programming, and especially love Bach’s keyboard works. Would enjoy hearing more choral works (not from operas).