My name is Michael Hughes, I am a neuroscientist, and I run a lab at Washington University School of Medicine that focuses on molecular outputs of the circadian clock. On April 12, 2015, I had a grand mal seizure after my daughter’s 6th birthday party, and the proximate cause turned out to be a tumor the size of a jumbo chicken egg above my right pre-motor cortex. It was surgically removed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis later that week. As you might imagine, a sudden shocking diagnosis of brain cancer forces one to rethink his mortality. After some reflection, I decided that, had I died, a key regret would have been never learning anything meaningful about classical music. So, in order to attempt to turn bad, bad luck into something edifying, and as a key aspect of my cognitive rehabilitation post surgery, this blog is an attempt to document my efforts to learn something about Bach. Having Bach in my head is a huge improvement over a seizure-inducing glioma.