I’ll set the scene for you: it’s Wednesday afternoon, I’ve spent the past few hours watching Bridgerton clips. To feel like one of the characters, a cup of tea has been made and the steam is slowly wafting around the room, creating the perfect setting.
Suddenly, in a moment of panic, the clock’s hour made itself known as I frantically switched the tabs on my laptop. The Wednesday Noon Hours live stream had already begun, but it was not too late to catch some of it.
As I turned on the stream, I heard rolling notes of the piano, which were soon accompanied by the quick lilt of violin notes.
I became momentarily confused as I wondered if Bridgerton had in fact, begun playing again. But, no, it wasn’t the sound of Daphne or Simon twirling across the floor of a grand ballroom but Michelle Mares on piano and David Lakirovich on violin.
The right audio had been playing, and nothing was amiss.
Music from another era is the best soundtrack for escapist daydreams filled with long dresses, corsets, scalding hot tea and maybe even a few of those little sandwiches with the crusts removed. As someone who’s been saving the viewing experience of watching Bridgerton until I’ve completed a bit more schoolwork, I’ve treated myself to clips from the show here and there on YouTube or Instagram to satiate the gnawing hunger of a period piece.
I thought that covering this piece would serve as an excellent distraction from my intense desire to watch the show, but alas, it only made me debate the true worth of my participation grade for my Romantic Lit course.
Surely, I could take a hit of two to three per cent for the sake of watching this show that everyone and their grandmother has been talking about, right?
In terms of the actual music, I was surprised just how much I enjoyed it when I started really paying attention to it and shrugged off my daydreams.
Not only was the music beautiful, but it also seemed to be inviting the listeners to let their minds wander. Now, the only instrument I know how to play is the trumpet, and when I play, my music tells people to buckle up and listen to me. I’ve never experienced creating a piece of music that was meant to distract from the musicians playing it, until now.