Monday, October 26, 2020

Your moment of Zen - Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata” for an old Elephant

 This is sweet, and shows that in this political silly season that there is a human decency that crosses species boundaries.  From the notes to the Youtube video:

Mongkol is a 61-year-old former logging elephant. His captive-held life was spent hauling trees in the Thai forest. His body shape is deformed through hard labor, he lost his right eye and tusk in this brutal logging practice. Mongkol was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend the rest of his days relaxing peacefully in freedom by the River Kwai. I discovered Mongkol is an extremely gentle, sensitive elephant who enjoys music, especially this slow movement by Beethoven which I play to him occasionally in the day and night.

This video is awesome, and 100% non-political - which adds to its awesomeness.

There are more, like Debussy's Clair de Lune.  Maybe Mongkol likes moonlight.


Etaoin Shrdlu said...

Kindness to animals has its own special reward. I think Mark Twain wrote something on that.

libertyman said...

Non political you say? Ha! Clearly the choice of an elephant, the symbol of the Republican party demonstrates a clear attempt to influence your readers. We won't fall for it!

On a serious note, what a touching story. Elephants are smart creatures and can communicate in ways we are just beginning to understand. Maybe music is one of the ways.

Bob said...

More than a few examples of elephants enjoying piano/classical music out there.