“Ode to Joy” Remix for a Wintery Day

Icy conditions call for Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor.(Photo: photofarmer)
Icy conditions call for Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor.(Photo: photofarmer)

I don’t know about you, but getting around Columbus this week was, at times, arduous and just not fun. Actually, I expect you do know, if you ventured out, how hazardous the ice and snow was, especially new-fallen snow on top of ice! We’re lucky we didn’t get it as bad as some parts of the country, but still, driving was sometimes a risky proposition.

I know the main streets were better, but turning onto a side street could lead to some surprises. Earlier this week, entering my street, which goes somewhat downhill, I found that my car turns into a really good sled and just like a sled (because I’m skidding), it doesn’t have the steering mechanism or any way of stopping. The whole darn vehicle just turns sideways; I could feel myself sliding backwards trying to go uphill. I don’t know how I got to work and home without hitting anything, but after several days of this my nerves started to get frazzled.

With this in mind, and knowing that some of you probably had your own vehicular navigational issues, I thought, “what piece of music has a suitable cathartic sense of release and relief after a week like this?”

Well, trying to be an optimist, I came up with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. But not just any version would do. To express the full scope of what this week was like and to be a fitting expression of “TGIF,” it had to be something out of the ordinary, beyond the merely mundane.

It wasn’t until I came across this video that I knew what I was looking for, something that summed it all up. There must be days when we all feel like this, I know I did earlier this week. At least today was a sunny day, but I understand more snow is coming.

I hope you enjoy this musical summation and distillation of complex emotions generated by a week of some rather challenging weather in Central Ohio.