Last night I was driving out to a meeting of my book club, 25 minutes away. Juliette started screaming 2 minutes into the ride, the kind of scream where she can't even catch a breath. I knew there was no point in stopping; even if I'd calmed her down, once I strapped her back into her car seat the crying would have resumed. The best course of action was just to get to my destination as quickly as possible.
I turned up the radio station I had on, and she screamed louder. Then I remembered the last time when classical music had calmed her down. I changed the station and I kid you not, it was less than 5 seconds and she was perfectly quiet. And there was not a peep the rest of the drive. She didn't sleep, she just lay there listening.
On a related note, as I listened to the beautiful pieces, images began to form in my head. Whenever I listen to classical music, I start to see movie scenes (made up, not real ones). It's like every piece of music is telling a story and the image comes to life in my mind. Then, three songs later, the radio announcer came on and announced "Music at the Movies will return in a moment." No wonder such vivid scenes were playing out in my head!