As a rule, I try not to let social network algorithms touch my life.
Why would you let the whims of an algorithm meant to keep you on a site change your priorities, dictate your schedule, or change your mood?
Yet, sometimes… sometimes you peek into the vast abyss of the algorithm by mistake and you see one tiny glimmer within it. Not a distraction. Not a waste of time. Not a cheap piece of disposable joy.
It is the glow of something extraordinary. Something life-altering on a deep, meaningful level that you will carry with you.
Here is Evangelina Mascardi playing J. S. Bach – Suite in C minor BWV 997 on a period-accurate 24-string Baroque lute entirely from memory, recorded a year ago. It was composed for (and typically performed upon) a Lautenwerk (lute-harpsichord) – a keyboard instrument.
(If you don’t have the patience to watch all 24 minutes, at least go watch the final movement. Just extraordinary.)
While watching this I had… I don’t know if I would call it an “epiphany,” but it was a moment of extreme calmness and presence within my own body. Not just a moment, though. Entire minutes. It is one of the most beautiful juxtapositions of composition and performance I’ve ever seen and heard in mylife.