How to Listen to the Moonlight Piano Sonata on a Tube Train

As any fule kno, sometimes great things come together and the total is greater than the sum of parts.

So, the great things were: having an ipod (which Dan set me on the track of a few years back – thanks Dan); the Moonlight Sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, movement 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven) starting playing on it straight after Smack My Bitch Up by the Prodigy (was on shuffle). The crap bit was I was on a tube on the way to work just leaving Essex Road. However the experience was the most uplifting moment I’ve had on a tube train (even one going homeward with a free seat on it, oh yes).

To replay Niall’s bestest tube moment follow these simple instructions:

  • The Station: must be properly underground as the dark tunnel is important to the overall effect. Don’t try this on the Circle Line round Kings Cross/Liverpool Street as you will be sorely disappointed.
  • The Track: Moonlight Piano Sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, movement 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven) . Cue it up on the player of your choice. Ram the earbuds in deep/headphones on tight.
  • Positioning: Ideally want the carriage seats full (usually not a problem) and with 4 or 5 standing at each of the doors and as few as possible in the aisles. I don’t suggest you try and ask people to move though. Stand with your back to door to adjoining carriage looking down your carriage. Make sure your peripheral vision is tuned in on the windows slightly ahead and to your left and right. Try not to zone out staring at anyone. It’s safer.
  • Press play as the train motors ramp up to pull out of the station.
  • Enjoy.

Your mileage may vary, etc. Use your Moonlight Sonata responsibly.

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