Waking up Smoothly

You’re not the only person who is annoyed by the blaring, unpleasant sound of an alarm clock early in the morning. It’s heard across the entire house, bleeping at full volume or playing your phone’s default obnoxious ringtone. Your eyes still half-closed and crusted with the Sandman’s midnight artwork, you halfheartedly slap the side-table a few times before hitting the alarm and shutting it off. Then it’s a new task to actually peel the covers off and acclimate to the cold. As you go through your morning routine you’re still half asleep. After washing your face it’s a little better, but you’re not fully awake until half and hour later . . . and by then you’ve already wasted that half an hour puttering around, barely registering your surroundings as you prepare coffee and turn on the lights as you get ready for the day.

Now . . . imagine how nice it would be to transition from dream to daytime in a matter of seconds.

People have tried a myriad of different things: rigging a glass of water to pour out on them, having their butler repeatedly bang all the doors in the house, trusting their cat to wake them up at a certain time, and even leaving the curtains open so that the morning light wakes them up. But since the dawn of technology and the alarm clock, most everybody has trusted the mechanics inside that little box to consistently and reliably rouse them from bed at a specific time.

All of these things take time. At best, somebody could be on their feet and fully operational after ten minutes.

Is there a way to wake up smoothly and suddenly, without the headache of a traditional alarm, the painful transition to the cold room, and the brain-fog?

It’s a little trick that certainly helped me when I tried it, slightly specific, but altogether not too hard to get working.

Simply play classical music! You’ve probably heard that playing music for the plants in your greenhouse helps them grow; and that babies tend to get smarter faster when they listen to Mozart. There is something very special about the structure and proper theory of classical music: how the notes are put together not only in harmony per beat, but also in phrases or sections of the entire piece.

Personally, my musical skill took a huge leap after letting my electric keyboard play a series of classical demo pieces all night long at low volume. So there’s got to be some advantages to waking up to classical music!

Of course, you wouldn’t want to use Beethoven’s Sonata No 8. Pathetique ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eYktxvczjw ) because it starts off quietly and wouldn’t wake you up immediately.

You might want to try something more like Johannes Brahms’s Double Concerto for violin and cello Op. 102 Vivace non Troppo ( https://archive.org/details/lp_double-concerto-tragic-overture_johannes-brahms-wolfgang-schneiderhan-jano/disc1/02.01.+Concerto+For+Violin%2C+Cello+and+Orchestra+in+A+Minor%2C+Op.+102+(Double+Concerto)%3A+3.+Vivace+Non+Troppo.mp3 ) This one starts off pleasantly and grows steadily: just the sort of song I like to wake up to.

Here’s what happened to me: Asleep, dreaming. Dreaming of someone playing the violin. Surge of energy. Eyes snapped open. Took a deep breath. Ready to go. And that’s in about five seconds.

So say goodbye to that terrible beeping sound or (God forbid!) the “Prog Hop” or what have you, and download that Vivace non Troppo and set it as your new alarm ringtone! Internet Archive is great: there’s a lot of classical music that you can find on there. Another way to go about it if you have a specific piece you want but can’t find it on Internet Archive is to search “Free (name of song) mp3 download” on the internet.

Best of luck and happy dreaming!


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