What are we listening to at the office at 5.30 in the morning?

I  can’t remember whether I ever mentioned this, but when under any sort of stress, whether good or bad, my brain’s go-to response is to not sleep. I can fall asleep easily, but then I wake up between 1 and 4 hours later and can’t go back to sleep. It’s not fun.

I have learned that trying to go back to sleep in this situation is a fool’s game, so I have started just getting up and going to work. Which means that 1) I have startled lots of racoons by walking past the shrubbery by the history building when they are not expecting humans and 2) I guess I get extra time to work in my office and listen to music at any volume I choose.

Today I am going with Igor Kipnis playing BWV 831 (French overture and partita), because I haven’t heard it in a while, and I love the “echo” (the movement is called that) at the end. Kipnis launches into it with a kind of manic energy that I love.