Magic Pill, Episode #19: What Does Beethoven’s 5th Have To Do With Walking?

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Ideas don't just come in the shower; they're likelier to occur to us when we're moving than when we're not. From Beethoven's endless walks to recent research, it's clear that exercise makes us more creative. Listen to the full episode above.

A Closer Look

Beethoven's daily routines, according to author Mason Currey. (Courtesy)
Beethoven's daily routines, according to author Mason Currey. (Courtesy)

Here's Mason Currey, author of the book "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work':

Beethoven would sit down at his desk every morning and work until two or three in the afternoon, but he would take frequent breaks to walk outdoors during that time, which he said aided his creativity. And after that, he would go on another walk — a long, vigorous walk that would take up most of the rest of the afternoon. And on those walks he always carried a pencil and a couple of sheets of music paper in his pocket so he could write down musical thoughts as they came to him.

Enjoyed The Music?

That was Kyle Thornton & The Company performing the song "Read Receipts."

Kyle Thornton & The Company is a seven piece "soul-hop" group based in Boston. The band has performed at Lollapalooza and Yellow Dog Music Fest and their music has received attention from NPR, Sound of Boston and others.

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