Today, December 16, is the 242 birthday of famed composed Ludwig van Beethoven. Even those least familiar with classical music have heard of the maestro (often relating the fact that as a skilled musician he was ironically deaf). We hear his 5th Symphony in films, cartoons, and even commercials! The first four notes have been sampled by musicians in jazz, rock, R&B, and more.
Beethoven is one of the most celebrated artists in history, famous not only for his music but his manic personality. One of my favorite films, Immortal Beloved, best captured the music and spirit of this genius. So today, crank up your stereos and sing along – Bum bum bum BUUUUUUMMMM and raise a toast to his genius!