A song doesn’t always need words to speak to you. In 4 minutes and 36 seconds, “Perpetuum Mobile” by Penguin Cafe Orchestra tells a story. It starts slowly with three simple chords played on piano, then gently picks up pace as the rest of the orchestra joins in to add strength to the melody.
Penguin Cafe Orchestra is a collective of musicians, led by composer Simon Jeffes. The group toured in the 1980s and 90s, until Jeffes passed away in 1997. It is amazing how much life this song still holds. Though it was recorded in 1987, it is not at all dated and still has a great modern classical feel to it overall.
I find this song to be great at helping you stay focused. Lately, I’ve been listening to it a lot when working, or trying to accomplish a goal/task. For some reason, I originally discovered it on my Best Coast pandora station. I find many great classical tracks on that one, which is somewhat bewildering to me.
Regardless of its origin for me, next time you’re having writer’s block, or feeling stressed or lost, turn on this song to clear your mind and find your path.