Chopin’s Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor, Op. 72 No. 1 is my absolute favorite piece of classical music. I discovered it about 25 years ago, in a made-for-TV movie, of all things. The edited version so haunted me that I had to hear the entire piece. Then I had to purchase the music and learn to play it. This was back in the days when I actually PLAYED piano. And now I’m seriously considering taking up piano again. Though nocturnes have a reputation for being slightly depressing – they are played in minor keys, after all – this particular piece fits all sorts of moods for me: soothing when I’m depressed, a comforting companion on stormy days, or brings a smile to my face on quiet, slow days at work. It’s a hopeful sort of piece. Though played in minor keys, this beautifully rendered nocturne by Chopin inspires hope within me – hope that the sun will shine brilliantly after the storms (though I love storms), that tomorrow will be a new, brighter day; that anything is possible, if only I believe.