On the eve of what is likely Beethoven's two-hundred fiftieth birthday, one might ask, "Why do we still listen to him? Why is this music still potent? Why is it still relevant?"
More tomorrow and for the rest of the month, but...this is why. All it takes is being willing to listen, and to go where the music takes you, and Beethoven does all the rest.
Thanks to Sheila O'Malley, who shared this with me over on her blog.