Walter Mencken 10 a.m., July 23
The funny thing about this topic of classical music being boring is that I tend to find pop music boring.
There are songs that I love such as Crazy by Patsy Kline, Sway by Dean Martin, One by U2, or Right Hand Hi by Kid Sister, but they're akin to eating cotton candy. I love cotton candy but I only eat it about once a year at the Del Mar Fair.
I'm not about to start claiming that one type of music is superior to another. On second thought, yes I am. I will run the risk of being perceived as arrogant, elitist, or just an all around jerk.
Once we develop a taste and understanding of classical music, The Dixie Chicks aren't going to cut it anymore.
Even a relatively obscure piece of classical music such as Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings does more for me than the last 20 years of pop, hip hop, and country music put together.
Allegro means quickly, playfully, or joyfully.
I'm not saying this is or even should be the case for everyone. I don't think anyone will change their mind about classical music if I just insult pop music.
I think people are turned off by classical music because of the way we experience it--in a room full of stuffy people, some of whom lose their patience if someone so much as tries to open a cough drop.
While I was watching that YouTube of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, I couldn't help but be amazed that everyone in the audience was just sitting there.
If that music was played for a room of three-year-olds, they'd be bouncing of the walls.
I wonder what would happen if audiences were invited to participate with classical music the way they do with rock 'n' roll.