Monday, March 20, 2017

CLOSET CLASSICAL LOVER


Has there ever been something about yourself that you have held close and not even told your closest friends and family??  Nothing you are ashamed of but something you  intended to keep just for yourself.

We bloggers tend to share just about everything about ourselves.  As the quote on my side bar states--

"Things I would not tell anyone, I tell the public."  Michel de Montaigne. 

That has pretty much been my guide line for blogging.  After my poop post, I'm guessing you don't think I have held back anything.

My taste in music has been posted about several times.  I have pretty eclectic taste in music from the blues, rock and roll, gospel, country, and pop. The only areas I stay away from are opera (don't speak the language) progressive jazz and rap. 

But my secret love is classical.  This is where I go to unwind, to meditate, to tune in with my senses.  Do I know classical?? No. Can I tell you what movement I am listening to? No. Do I know or even care who created or who is performing?? Nope. 

I am not a highbrow.  I am quite  a low brow who just likes to mellow out listening to a string quartet, flutist, or symphony orchestra. 

I just let the music flow over me like a healing balm as it turns my mind into a calm lake.  My nerves and tensions become Teflonseque.  

When I was a teenager, most of us judged music by how good a beat it had and if it was fun to dance to. Generally, me too with those two simple criteria.  But I had a secret passion even then that I told no one about. I didn't want anyone to think I was trying to be snooty. 

Do you remember the listening booths that record stores use to have?  You could take your vinyl into the booth and without disturbing anyone could listen to your choice.  

Most everyone went in with 45s to hear the latest pop hits. I went in with the 331/3 long play classical choices.  I did it when none of my friends or classmates were with me. I kept it secret. The booths were my secret vice. I never bought, only listened.

The above is very similar to the booths I enjoyed. I wonder if there are listening booths anymore or for that fact, record stores?

 Today I have hours of all types of music on my computer. Gotta love this amazing method of storage.  Ninety minutes  of it however is devoted to classical renditions.

With the simple command to my Echo Dot, "Alexa, play my classical music," I can make my self comfortable and leave this world and all its current problems. Politics, hate, anger, greed, poverty, hunger, disease and plain ole meanness disappear.  Cruelty to the different among us, to the young, the old and to animals no longer exists, at least for a while.
Ahhhhhh.

Do you have such a place to go?   Do you have some guilty pleasure you have kept to yourself that might surprise those of us who read your words regularly? I promise not to tell.


47 comments :

  1. I also love to listen to classical music. With eyes closed, I imagine my own Dizney-esque creatures galloped through a Spring woods.

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    1. Out to Pasture,
      Oooh, I like the idea of galloping creatures. Think I will try it--Thanks.

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  2. Yup those listening booths were the hot spot
    of my youth, during the war years in Norfolk.
    The mention of them always makes me see
    saddle shoes and poodle skirts.

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    1. Belva,
      Oh yes and Crinolines--how did we ever get into the booths with those:))

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  3. I remember those booths, but I didn't use them, since I've been someone who much prefers quiet to music. I do listen through my headphones now and then, but not often. If you see me with them on, walking down the street, I'm more likely listening to a podcast like "This American Life." :-)

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    1. Djan,
      That way you remain involved where my way is to escape.

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  4. I like all kinds of music including some (very little) rap, and way out jazz. I do like classical but could not identify any. Secret guilty pleasures...hmmm

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    1. joeh,
      Humm, I guess it will remain a secret?? Aww.

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  5. I'm also a lover of a wide variety of music, including opera. In fact, everything except hip-hop and rap.

    It would likely surprise most of my friends to find that I love the old gospel quartets and choirs. The really old stuff...Rock of Ages, Church in the Wildwood, It is Well With my Soul, Take my Hand Precious Lord, etc. I love the Gaither Homecoming series. Hardly anyone outside my family would believe that my tastes include old-time religion.

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    1. Carolyn,
      Me too!! There is a town near by that all summer in the evenings has musicians from all over come to play and sing. A large number are gospel groups and I really enjoy them. Cool thing is I know all the words.

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  6. Sometimes when I get on the computer, I turn the television to the classical station. I love it, but have no idea what or who I'm listening to. I once had to get an ultrasound, and when I entered the room, the lights were turned down, stars reflected from the ceiling, and classical music was playing softly. The tech had created a very soothing environment for her patients.

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    1. bellarum,
      Ooh, I want to go to that medical center. Me too on not knowing who or what I am listening to but it takes nothing away from the pleasure does it?

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  7. I love to listen to music made especially for meditation. It's music, but also not music. It has purposeful sounds and rhythms that really help me relax. When I'm not listening to that, I go for singer-songwriter folk type music. Gentle in spirit, always.

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    1. robin,
      New Age is also quite soothing. Meditation music sounds like that to me. Love folk also.

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  8. I remember the booths. The closet record store to my house had a huge sign over the door saying, "don't even try to squeeze in more than one". It was a little bitty booth and of course many a youngster had taken as many friends as could fit in and broken the windows etc. I too enjoy classical. In my car, the station is always set on the classical station when driving to get the grands from school. I need the emotional "chill" with the crazy traffic.

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    1. Linda W,
      We use to do that also--piling in. Never broke anything though:)
      Isn't it the greatest in a car? I sure wish we had a classical radio station around here. Great driving music.

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  9. It is not a secret that I dearly love all types of music. Early Bluegrass, Old country with Woody Guthrie then Ernest Tubb or newer country with Waylon Willie and the boys, to early Rock n'roll, to Jazz to Classical. It all depends on what mood strikes me and yes, Alexa plays my choices for me also.

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  10. I too am a fan of classical, and yes, opera too. And always a fan of jazz and rock and roll. The owner of the donkey rescue where I worked loved Willie Nelson and I too fell in love. So Willie is my latest crush in music, I may or may not have told my opera loving friends this. Hmmmm......

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    1. Inger,
      Ha ha, we have to keep quiet around our friends who have a narrow preference. I too discovered Willie Nelson late in life. Blue Eyes sold me.

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  11. My guilty pleasure: As much as I have to watch my weight (and I do), I do love dessert every once in awhile. My favorite is Cheese Cake --although I enjoy a blizzard from the DQ.... And as you know, I love Pumpkin Fudge... SO---in order to satisfy my sweet tooth, I DO eat a dessert sometimes.... I have a friend who stays totally away from sugar no matter what... To me that is PUNISHMENT.... I refuse to be that strict!!!!!!

    AND---while I am on the discussion of food, I must admit that I just HAVE to have a hot dog and chili and onions every once in awhile... AND--there's nothing better than a good thick cheese burger ever so often.

    I'm a food lover ---have to admit it!!!!! Oh Well. That's why I've struggled with my weight most of my life.

    I also love music and find it so relaxing... I love most kinds of music --but don't care much for the old-whiny country music... Don't understand or appreciate jazz and definitely don't enjoy rap and hard rock-n-roll.... I love all kinds of choral much --with religious the favorite (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)... BUT--I love classical including opera. Music is AWESOME.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy,
      As great a job as you have done losing weight but mostly in keeping it off, your periodic splurges sure don't hurt you at all. Plus, they make you feel more in control.
      Music really is a wonderful medicine for the soul and attitude isn't it?

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  12. I love most music except for rap, jazz, and hard rock. I'm also not liking some of the new country and ugh to today's "easy" rock music. They call that singing? Please. lol! Anyway I do like classical and some opera. I could listen to Pavarotti sing Nessun Dorma all day. And I could also listen to Andre Rieu on his violin all day, too. He's not bad to look at, either. :) (Well, in his younger days.) Not many know I have a wee little crush on Andre. If you haven't heard him, take a listen to his My Way played at Radio City Hall in New York a few years ago. I spied Chelsea Clinton in the audience, she looked enthalled, too!

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    1. Cheryl,
      Ok now you have me curious. I will head for YouTube now to see if I can listen to and watch Andre Rieu. Thanks for the heads up.

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  13. i would love to know your classical list of those 90 minutes.

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    1. Beth B,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. The list is long but includes some Schumann,Klieser, Galway, Musser, and Classical Chillout to name a few.

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  14. Ummm... Patti, I hope you don't mind. I've scheduled a blog post called Patti's Poop Post on Thursday. I'm afraid I don't hold much back from my friends. My kids, however, think I should.

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  15. Kay,
    Don't mind at all. Looking forward to your post. Thanks for stopping back to say how well it worked for you.

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  16. My life is pretty much an open book...I've never quite learned to keep quiet about anything. It's burned me once or twice but oh well, live and learn. My guilty pleasure would be travelling as much as possible. Yes, I could save more for my retirement but then I'd miss out on the experiences...so I guess I don't feel guilty at all.

    As for music, I'm not a fan of the rap or New Age stuff. Give me country, the old time rock n'roll, crooners from the 60's (or Michael Buble), and some classical. Last year, I went to some of our symphony performances and quite enjoyed the music of a Russian composer whose name escapes me at the moment

    Enjoy your music and Have a great week!
    Eileen

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    1. Eileen,
      Travel now while you can and enjoy. Retirement will take care of itself.
      I have two Michael Buble songs that are R&B. He is really great in that genre.

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  17. I don't think I have any secret escape. Rather than music, I am more likely to get lost in a good dramatic
    tv show. We watch a lot of TV in the even ings.
    I do have different music for different activities. I use my iPod when I walk, and have classic rock, or the Beatles or the Beach Boys or John Denver, or... You notice it's all old stuff. I seldom have music on in the house. I like listening to radio news and talk.

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    1. Linda R,
      What ever gives you peace, enjoy. I miss John Denver--hum--need to add him to my collection Thanks.

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  18. I love classical music. I played piano and french horn as a teenager, so my exposure started at a young age. So grateful for that! Like you, I find it soothing and relaxing.

    I lean to the left politically, but most of my family and many of my friends don't know that. I live in a blue state, but locally where I live it is very red. I try to avoid politics as a topic of conversation for the most part. Interestingly, my mother, who is a staunch republican, hated Trump so much she voted for Hillary!

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    1. Carole,
      I live in a red state also and there are only a few friends I feel safe opening up to. The rest of the time, I avoid. Love that your Mom proved to be an intelligent Rep:)

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  19. I only listen to classical music when I drive. It calms me down.

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    1. Stephen,
      I think it would eliminate road rage if cars would only be allowed to play classical when the key is on. Just a thought.

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  20. I think people belive they know me but don't realize I keep a lot private. I can really put on a poker face when I want to. I remember those listening booths, Patti.

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    1. Barb,
      Weren't they fun to hang out in? It is a shame they are a thing to the past.
      Hope you aren't anywhere near those fires.

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  21. The irony is that those who negatively judged classical music, or other varieties they didn't like, were the music snobs -- not you for liking classical. But in Jr. Hi and High School groups can be petty about all sorts of things. I like select music and performers in most all genres, but some more than others. Jazz, classical, semi-classical are high on my list; Big Bands. Enjoy groups like Manhattan Transfer, Hi-Lo's, New York Voices. Liked Sons of Pioneers -- western music vs country though Charlie Rich had a tune I liked. Select rock i.e. Pink Floyd and others but not the loud hollering screaming noisy type. I can be in the mood for different types of music -- often preferring strictly instrumental, soft, soothing, easy going when I want to relax or to lull me to sleep.

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    1. joared,
      Now that is an eclectic taste in music. I know in school, I was quite snobby about people who liked country,including my brother whose IQ I doubted--now I enjoy it. Music is a mood thing isn't it?

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  22. Sadly, my view of classical music will be forever warped by the decades spent watching Loony Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons. However, I will say that I actually have a cassette (that I need to covert) of something called The Carl Stalling Project, which is cartoon music at its best.

    So I guess, a hidden secret would be is that I love cartoon theme songs.

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  23. G.B.Miller,
    Ok, I had to Google that Project. Isn't it wonderful that no musical taste is unattainable. I know that is mostly a guy thing and a lot are right probably there with you on cartoon music. It would certainly put one in a happy mood.

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  24. AA simply delightful post. Thank you.

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    1. Mage,
      Thank you, so glad you enjoyed. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

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  25. I spent 5 years under my moms delusion that I could be a classical pianist. That never came to fruition thru lack of real talent.... but I did learn to love and listen to the classic especially piano music...:

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  26. TB,
    Ha ha, I feel your pain. My mother was convinced I could sing. Like you, all I got out of it was an appreciation for those who could.

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  27. Nope ... I've lived long enough so that all my secrets are no longer there ... they were pretty boring to begin with !!

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