If you could hire a music expert to program a soundtrack for your life — with just the right song for just the right moment — would your life improve?

That’s the question posed by the Des Moines Register, which has launched an occasional series that it calls the Iowa Playlist Project. For the first installation, it asked “some classical-music gurus around the state to suggest some music to accompany everyday activities, such as waking up, working out, or hauling the kids around town on errands.”

Among the findings: “Any Mahler symphony recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will help with long and heavy lifting in the yard,” observes Joseph Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony.

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