Here’s something we haven’t seen yet so far this year: classical music! Like some of the other artists and songs featured this year, this is another one influenced by my parents. Only this time, it’s not the specific composer or work, but rather the genre generally.
When we would be called for dinner back I was a kid, we would come to the kitchen, gather around the table and someone would pick out and put on the dinner music. Just about every night, we would have dinner music to accompany our meal. Sometimes it was pop/rock hits of the day, but just as often – especially when mom was making the choices. There was a lot of Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky. There’s probably a few others I’m missing, but I don’t remember Holst being a part of the rotation.
I didn’t come across the Planets suite until a couple years ago when I started buying some of the huge classical music compilations that Amazon often has on sale for bargain-basement prices. If you’re looking to try out some classical music for yourself, these are a fantastic way to start. Here’s a whole bunch of options. Personally, I recommend the X5 Group’s compilation of The 99 Darkest Pieces of Classical Music (which features this track). 11 hours worth of stuff in there, including plenty of pieces I’m sure you’ll recognize
The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars, The Bringer of War – Gustav Holst