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The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. A beautiful mystical quality shines through everything, tempting us to peer beyond the veil. There’s a reason why so many faiths have major celebrations at this time of year. So to honor this special time, no matter your faith, I’ve chosen the following musical pieces that represent the love, magic, and miracles that encompass all…

Central Park blanketed with snow

Love: “More Than Words” by Extreme

A gentle reminder to show our love to those we hold dear, especially when things get hectic during the holidays.

Magic: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ

This gentle giant infuses his aloha spirit into a song that symbolizes the magic of dreams coming true. An appropriate sentiment for the season.

Miracles: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, with Joshua Bell on Violin

Music has the miraculous power to lift our spirits and transport us into higher realms of consciousness. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and of course, Tchaikovsky. I hold a special place in my heart for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D. The energy Joshua Bell brings to his performance of this piece is as transcendent as the music itself.

In the following video, Joshua Bell plays with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Gala concert of the Nobel Prize 2010, with Sakari Oramo, conducting. This is the First Movement, Allegro Moderato (2:47).

To hear Joshua Bell play this piece in its entirety (36:29) with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America with Valery Gergiev conductoing at the London, Proms 2013, go here.

What music makes your holidays magical?