You know, there’s really only one man who can lift my spirits after a long hard day, make me laugh even when I don’t feel like laughing, make me sing for no reason, reduce me to tears in the most beautiful way and help look at life in a whole new light. You may think I’m talking about my husband….but I’m not (but you’re great, honey, really!). That man is none other than my beloved W.A. Mozart. Of course I kid- obviously my sweet hubby does all those things for me as well, but this post isn’t about him…it’s about Mozart! And Bake It Pretty, but I haven’t gotten there yet! 😉

Today is Mozart’s 255th birthday, and I just couldn’t let the day go by without honoring him on my blog (and facebook page…and twitter…). It’s tradition for me to throw him a big ‘ol birthday party every year, music nerd-style. I go all out – cake, music and the movie Amadeus. Sure, it’s pretty much a fabricated “enhancement” of Mozart’s life and career, but hey, it’s worth it for the soundtrack alone, plus I like to hear Tom Hulce’s silly “Mozart laugh”.

I always like to host a little giveaway on Mozart’s birthday – last year, if you’ll remember, it was the box of Mozart chocolates from Austria. However, Izzy managed to snag the box off the table, unwrap the plastic, tear into the box and eat all but 4. *sigh* So this year,  I decided to do a non-perishable (and non-doggie-attracting) giveaway; a $20 gift card to Bake It Pretty! I seriously love this site- I spend hours just perusing the cupcake liners and sprinkles! They have everything you could ever want to fit your baking needs! My personal favorites are these “pretty in plaid” cupcake liners I just bought, pink pearlized chunky crystal sugar, and lilac shimmery sugar pearls…to name a FEW. I could seriously spend a fortune there! And one lucky winner will have 20 bucks to go wild with! Woo!

To enter:
leave me a comment answering this question: If you could ask Mozart any question, what would it be? Smart aleck-y comments will be discarded and if you’ve never heard of Mozart…..well, you should probably just leave. 😉

You have until midnight tomorrow (Friday) to enter. I’ll choose one winner randomly and announce it on Saturday. Good luck, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOZART!!!

**Props to my hubby for his sweet Photoshop skills! 😉



  1. I would ask him if he really and truely liked the music he was creating.


    Comment by Michelle S — January 27, 2011 @ 1:08 PM

  2. How generous! I love BIP. I would ask Mozart how he felt about influencing thousands of musicians.


    Comment by Monica — January 27, 2011 @ 1:18 PM

  3. I’m totally not kidding about this: how did you stay so concentrated as a child? I could use that amazing focus with all the kids I work with!


    Comment by Dani — January 27, 2011 @ 1:24 PM

  4. I would ask Mozart what he thinks of the evolution of music since he was around and how he thinks it has impacted society (or whether music was impacted society!).

    Wonderful giveaway – fun too!



    Comment by Kate — January 27, 2011 @ 2:15 PM

  5. Happy birthday Mozart!

    I would like to ask him what he thinks of modern music. I’d be very interested to hear his answer!


    Comment by Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — January 27, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

  6. Not a question, and I certainly have no need of any baking stuff myself, but I would just comment that young Mr. Mozart would be TOTALLY at home in the 80’s/90’s composing metal music. Just listen to “Dies Irae” and you know what I’m talking about.


    Comment by Daddy — January 27, 2011 @ 2:55 PM

  7. Daddy- somehow I knew I’d be hearing from you! With this exact opinion! 😉 Personally, I think he’d probably run away screaming if he heard Van Halen! 😉


    Comment by amy — January 27, 2011 @ 2:58 PM

  8. Maybe so, but I also think he’d have great appreciation and admiration for Eddie’s guitar chops!


    Comment by Daddy — January 27, 2011 @ 3:03 PM

  9. Meh, maybe. 😉


    Comment by amy — January 27, 2011 @ 3:04 PM

  10. I want to know how he learned how to write and learn music notes!


    Comment by Crista — January 27, 2011 @ 3:41 PM

  11. I’d ask Mozart what his inspiration was to create his musical masterpieces.


    Comment by Val H. — January 27, 2011 @ 3:43 PM

  12. I would like to know what Mozart thinks of today’s music.


    Comment by Kristin — January 27, 2011 @ 3:45 PM

  13. I would ask Herr Mozart which of his many pieces he would choose to play on the Stuart and sons grand piano that has a wopping 102 keys. And then I would ask to hear it!


    Comment by Chelsea — January 27, 2011 @ 4:07 PM

  14. I am always amazed at how his passion drove him, even when poor and facing debt,he strived to do better and follow his dreams of doing what he wanted..amazing…so I guess my question would be …
    who influenced you the most?


    Comment by josie — January 27, 2011 @ 4:10 PM

  15. As neat as it would be to get Mozart’s take on modern composer (and/or pop music! LOL!) I think I would like to talk in depth about what it was like to play for royalty. I’m a huge European history buff, and hearing his firsthand account of playing for kings and queens would be so awesome!


    Comment by Sandi — January 27, 2011 @ 4:19 PM

  16. Hmmm … I would ask Mozart about how he’d compare his music to food. Like, if x piece was a cake what kind of cake would it be? I always liked to ask people weird questions like that when I was a teen.


    Comment by Kimberly @ Healthy Strides — January 27, 2011 @ 4:20 PM

  17. Happy Birthday Mozart!! I would ask him what his favorite song is.


    Comment by Jade — January 27, 2011 @ 4:41 PM

  18. What was his favorite audience to play for? Oooh, now I need to come up with a cake!


    Comment by June g. — January 27, 2011 @ 4:45 PM

  19. Mozart –
    What famous person today, may inspire you to compose another musical piece? Or, who would you want to collaborate with?


    Comment by k — January 27, 2011 @ 6:22 PM

  20. I always love to find out the stories behind the songs, so I would ask him about that!


    Comment by Neé Neé — January 27, 2011 @ 6:27 PM

  21. Happy Birthday Mozart! Like many others, I would ask him what he thinks of modern music


    Comment by suzanne — January 27, 2011 @ 7:35 PM

  22. I’d ask him if he ever thought he would have such an influence on people, and how it makes him feel that people still take the time to remember his birthday every year:)


    Comment by Kari — January 27, 2011 @ 7:48 PM

  23. I love Bake it Pretty!!!

    Good question 😉

    I would ask him what inspired him to create the pieces he did.


    Comment by Sarah — January 27, 2011 @ 8:32 PM

  24. I would ask him what kind of cake he wants for his birthday?


    Comment by Christy M. — January 27, 2011 @ 9:01 PM

  25. I’d ask him what his favorite pieces were – his favorite that he wrote, and his favorite by someone else.

    Love the Bake it Pretty stuff 🙂 fun!!


    Comment by Hayley — January 27, 2011 @ 10:40 PM

  26. Happy birthday to Mozart!
    I’d be interested to know his least favorite composition was. You know there had to be at least one he was writing where he was going “Man, I suck at this. I should give up”. We all have those moments.
    Then I’d give him a cupcake and tell him he rocks 🙂


    Comment by Laura — January 28, 2011 @ 6:13 AM

  27. I would ask him about his family life. His parents, siblings etc.


    Comment by Jeanne ODonnell — January 28, 2011 @ 8:26 AM

  28. I WOULD ASK : dear Wolfgang, what is your favorite birthday cake ?


    Comment by a frog in the cottage — January 28, 2011 @ 10:19 AM

  29. Mozart’s b-day is a great day to celebrate! The typical question would probably be about his inspiration, but he probably gets that all the time. Instead, I’d ask him if he likes his name “Wolfgang Amadeus” and if he ever got teased as a child. A little personal insight is fascinating!


    Comment by Valerie — January 28, 2011 @ 10:35 AM

  30. I would ask Mozart if he ever ate something so delicious that it inspired him to write a beautiful piece of music!


    Comment by Helen — January 28, 2011 @ 12:25 PM

  31. Amadeus is one of my favorite movies of all time, so I’d probably ask him how closely to the real Mozart did the movie portray him. I’ve always wondered that.


    Comment by Ali @ His Birdie's Nest — January 28, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

  32. Happy “Belated” Birthday!
    I would ask him what he thinks of todays music.


    Comment by Tara — January 28, 2011 @ 1:36 PM

  33. I love that you celebrate Mozart’s birthday!
    I think I would ask him what his all time favorite composition was. 🙂


    Comment by Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — January 28, 2011 @ 1:40 PM

  34. Happy Birthday Mozart! What a cute post. Mozart is what gets me through the rush hour traffic on the way to work. If I could ask him a question, I think it would be: knowing now, the effect that your life and music has had on the world, would you go back and change anything?


    Comment by Molly — January 28, 2011 @ 1:50 PM

  35. “Did you enjoy your childhood tours with your family or would you have wanted to have a more normal childhood?


    Comment by Ina Vanderhorst — January 28, 2011 @ 3:03 PM

  36. i’d ask him what his favorite song was.


    Comment by Jenn — January 28, 2011 @ 5:02 PM

  37. I love it that you celebrate Mozart’s birthday every year!

    And I have to go along with Kelsey, maybe I’d ask him which of your delicious recipes would be his favorite? Is he a chocolate lover? Or maybe he’d swoon over the dinner you made for your parents a few months ago… to be sure he’d be honored by your attention!

    Good luck with the audition tonight!


    Comment by LaJuana — January 28, 2011 @ 5:03 PM

  38. That’s so cute that you celebrate his birthday! I have never thought about it, but I guess I would ask him if he likes the music that people are coming out with today!

    Thanks for the giveaway (:


    Comment by Jacy — January 28, 2011 @ 5:03 PM

  39. I would ask him what he thinks about our music today? Does he think it is at the same level as his own compositions……


    Comment by Michelle Y. — January 28, 2011 @ 6:12 PM

  40. I would ask Mozart if he had any clue about how widespread or influential his music would become, or if he just thought his pieces would come and go.

    I’m always curious about how artists think about themselves. It speaks volumes about what kind of person they are.


    Comment by Michelle Thomas — January 28, 2011 @ 6:31 PM

  41. The question I would ask Mozart is “While writing a piece of music on paper do you write it by notes or by sounds”. I wonder what his childhood was like that gave him such inspiration. He was such a wonderful artist, a genius for sure.


    Comment by Lisa Bowersock — January 27, 2012 @ 5:36 PM

  42. Happy Birthday Mozart! Thank goodness for Mozart..when my daughter was a baby she had a difficult time with colic. She listened to hours of Mozart while in her swing…we loved his Concerto #9…. a lively piece. If I could ask Mozart a question I would ask him where he drew his inspiration from….and then I’d ask him to play for! I love you site…now a follower. Very cool! Thanks


    Comment by Paula Marin — May 11, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

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