Confessions of a gulit-ridden classical music lover
I come to you a musical sinner. It has been … er… a while since my last confession. I have sinned because I have listened to a variety of Top 40 radio stations every day for a really long time, and, well, um … I really like it. I know, I know … I’m supposed to listen to NPR and know every symphony and opera and concerto ever performed on the face of the planet. But I don’t because I’m too busy listening to today’s top hits. I’m sorry … I guess.
But you have to understand, I just can’t tear myself away from it! I have fond memories of rocking out to No Doubt as a teenager. My husband and I happen to love the newest Ludacris album — those beats! Those rhymes! Lady Antebellum, it is a quarter after one and I really do need you now! It is a bad romance and you shouldn’t be plagued by the Papa-paparazzi Lady Gaga!
… Sorry … what was I saying? Oh yes …
Surely you can understand why I’m torn. I like to think that I’m just a harmless rebel. I can have my classical music cake and eat it too, just with a decadent layer of modern pop/rap/country/techno goodness on top. I promise, I love classical music and it is definitely part of my soul. I guess I just can’t be completely faithful to the genre. And really, is that a bad thing? You were a bit of a rebel yourself, Stravinksy. And Mozart, you were kind of like the Jonas brother of your day, with your child prodigy-ness. Right?
OK, so all I am saying, oh composer “Gods”, is that I like all music. I can’t help it. Generally music helps me to express myself a whole lot better than words can. Sometimes I’m in the mood to listen to a Rachmaninov piano concerto, while other times I’m more in the mood to dance in my car to the newest Beyonce hit. Does that really make me a musical sinner? Honestly, I don’t think so. Hopefully, you all see my argument and can understand. If not, I guess I will just be forced to go listen to rehearsal as “penance”.
Ha! As if that is really a punishment … looks like the joke is on you!
One slightly-guilt-ridden classical music lover