Saturday, 8 September 2012


“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints” - Wilfred Peterson

Routine in our life can be a stabilising influence, a source of comfort and give us a sense of continuity and provide us with something to look forward to, if such a routine is a pleasant one. On the other hand a dull and necessary routine of an unpleasant chore or a regularly occurring inconvenience can be quite demoralising and fill our life with dullness and annoying interruptions to the things we really like doing.

Disruption to one’s routine can be unpleasant or pleasant depending on the underlying reason. If one voluntarily changes one’s routine, one would presume that it would be for the better. The break in routine would be quite welcome and the new experience may bring about much enjoyment. However, if routine is disrupted by external factors, then the result can be quite unsettling and the change in schedule can cause much distress. This may occur even if the routine is one what we normally dislike. Any disruption to the simple recurrences of our life may destabilise our sense of our daily reality, and the reality of the world about us; the moment we pass out of our habits we lose all sense of permanency and routine.

Tonight, my pleasant routine has been disrupted and it is not because I chose so. My Saturday evening habits being of the pleasant kind, have been interrupted by circumstances beyond my control and thus I sit quite miserable and I rue the events that have led to this melancholy situation. But this too shall pass and next Saturday will be much better I am sure…

What better consolation to turn to than some delicious music that will rest the body, calm the mind and assuage the violent emotions? Here is Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s (1695 † 1764) Sonata da camera No.12 for Violin and Basso Continuo in D minor, Op.6: 1. Adagio; 2. Allegro; 3. Andante; 4. Allegro. The performers are Fabio Biondi, (Violin); Maurizio Naddeo, (Violoncello); Giangiacomo Pinardi, (Guitar); Sergio Ciomei, (Harpsichord).

The painting above is Claude Lorrain's "View of Delphi with a Sacrificial Procession".


  1. I love the Claude Lorrain painting. Did you find a connection between Lorrain and current your life events?

  2. Nicholas, given that you have experienced something that has caused melancholy, it's generous of you to consider others, and to put music out where we others may hear it.
    May your efforts be rewarded.