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Barber - Adagio for Strings

This is arguably Barber’s most well known, arranged for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11. Barber finished the arrangement in 1936, the same year that he wrote the quartet. Alexander J. Morin wrote that Adagio for Strings is “full of pathos and cathartic passion” and that it “rarely leaves a dry eye.”

Performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Leonard Bernstein. Recorded on January 12, 1971.

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Unfamiliar territories spark new inspirations 
creating the urge to connect and find a home. 
All of these unknown people shouldn’t be deemed strangers, 
but new friends with different faces. 
See the world isn’t plotting against you, 
you’re plotting against you. 
Causing you to wander aimlessly 
through bustling quads and bright city streets. 
New settlements for lost travelers that know exactly where they are going, but they’re too nervous and stand still

You are the itch that’s on my back.

You are the gum under my shoe.

You are the horrors of my past.

You are the chill that haunts the room.

You are the creaking on my steps.

You are cancer, you are plague.

You are regret, you are disease.

I wish that you would go away.

—  Drown-Front Porch Step
Cut the cord and pull some strings
And make yourself some angel wings
And if those angel wings don’t fly
Someone’s gonna paint you another sky
—  John Mayer, “Paper Doll”

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