orchestrate – Discover Prompts – Day 8

I was listening to BBC Sounds yesterday, and I caught the end of a podcast on Beethoven. Now Beethoven has long been a favourite composer of mine. Yesterday’s offering enhanced my understanding of why this was and of my own sensitivity. Beethoven was not well loved when I was young; he was criticized and derided, probably because he was popular and popularity is something artists never court. Still my dad used to play Beethoven, and aged 2 I took to the music, even though it wasn’t played the way the Jonathan Bliss played it.

I never knew why Beethoven was so maligned; I’m beginning to think that this was because he was not well understood. You need to be able to feel the music, something that, as an empath, I completely felt when Bliss elucidated.

The pianist explained about how Beethoven wanted a particular piece to be played. I won’t go into the detail here because you should listen to the recording especially if you are emapthic and sensitive. I think you will understand what the pianist means and indeed what Beethoven was attempting with the composition.

Here is the link: Beethoven Unleashed: Jonathan Bliss:


Outside, there is a growing number of women sitting in chairs chatting. Because I am an introvert of a non-binary disposition, I’m not sure I should join them. So here I am writing this, courtesy of Discover Prompts and the BBC.


All my love,



Published by hermionelaake - Awards-nominated writer and associate editor O:JA&L

Whilst working on long fiction, Laake/Wilds write short stories, poetry, essays and blogs weekly. Laake appeared on Blog Talk Radio in 2016 in an interview across continents with Susan Wingate. Laake is an awards nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013 for the original #MYFRIENDALIEN out on AMAZON BOOKS in 2022. Flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters. Laake has an MA from KU with distinction and a BA in English Literature.

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