Classical just don't feel it

Ok, so classical music is long boring and well…you just don’t feel it.  I too found the whole classical music world quite intimidating when I got to music college (still do sometimes) and I have lots of friends who aren't musicians so totally get where you are coming from.

What is classical music anyway?

 The technical definition is: 'serious music following long-established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition’.  Well, that’s enough to put you off already! Many ‘classical’ music works were in effect the popular music of its day. Maybe you have heard of Mozart? Well, his operas were written for the masses, not for the ‘serious’ elite. Also, many composers wrote about their struggles in life.  Just like all art forms, composers used music to express their feelings of life, death, depression, political suppression, love, fear,..well you get the idea. There is nothing that you can feel like a human being that someone hasn’t put to music. I find that quite comforting I think.

How can we relate to classical music?

A friend of mine once said that we read to know we are not alone.  The same can be said about music.  Do you find yourself hearing a song on the radio and thinking about a particular time in your life? I feel the same about some pieces of classical music. That is also the great thing about all kinds of music. Some songs or pieces you hear and love others…not so much.  For example another composer you may have heard of Beethoven. In my world this may be a cretinous thing to say but whenever I play one of his pieces…I just don’t feel it. Lots of people including most of my friends I work with find his works deeply moving. I don’t and that’s okay.  I think that’s the first step with getting to know any new art form is to admit that it’s okay if you don’t like something.  That doesn’t make you stupid or strange it just makes you well….you.   There are also so many ‘styles’ of classical music.  It’s not just the stuff you hear used on TV programmes or films. There is passionate romantic music, headbanging electronic music, minimal and meditative music, precise and lively baroque music, and so many more!

How can I discover more?

Check out the Discover section of this website where I will point you to some favourites of mine and you may or may not like them too.  Let me know in the comments what you think of the pieces and hopefully I can put up more that you might like!

 There is something out there for you I promise you just have to keep looking. 















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