Symphony No. 9 and California’s Earthquake

Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 9

There I was, writing with heavy eyes. I had not slept the night, and it was already getting around 10 a.m. I was editing this scene in Lola.

She’s confronting Darcus, the taunting being that wants to take her soul. Darcus has access to her memories. He knows she’s been practicing piano and listening to the classics. As a form to show her he had the advantage, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 started to play while he sang Ode to the Joy.

“Ode to Joy”, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with text additions made by Beethoven.

Curse of the Nine

When I decided to add this scene, I was thinking of what Darcus symbolized, and it made the perfect sense to add Beethoven’s ninth symphony. If you don’t know, this was his last symphony. Many speculate that when a composer writes a ninth symphony, he won’t make a tenth because he would already be dead.  

Now obviously, this is a superstition, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t make my skin crawl.

 “Gustav Mahler, who, after writing his Eighth Symphony, wrote Das Lied von der Erde…he wrote his Ninth Symphony and thought he had beaten the curse, but died with his Tenth Symphony incomplete.

I grabbed my daughter, while the Beethoven’s ninth symphony played.

It was around the morning when I was editing this particular chapter, I added a link to the music for my e-readers in the book. To test it, I clicked on it, and the music started playing on YouTube. I was fine with it, it’s a nice piece after all.  Just as the first vocal was about to begin, I thought perhaps my sleep-deprived mind was starting to hallucinate. My monitor started shaking, as was my mic. My Chinese ceremonial sword I have on the wall was also shifting.

A 5.8 earthquake rattled portions of central California on Wednesday.

This was becoming a haunting experience. In Lola, Darcus played it for Lola in a darkly humorous way. I’m the one whos’ suppose to bring fear in my characters, not the other way around! After a few short seconds, it subsided.  I went straight to Facebook to see what my family and friends experienced.

The California quake comes a day after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake rocked the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco.

I hope this was somewhat entertaining. If you had any scary experiences, share them below!

Until next time!

If you want to listen to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9…