I love the following entertaining TED talk with Benjamin Zander discussing the power of classical music.
(I am one of the 10-year-olds he refers to who gave up on the piano . . .)
Benjamin claims there are 3 major groups:
1. The first group is absolutely passionate about classical music. They listen to it all of the time, attend the symphony and they have children who play musical instruments. This is the smallest group.
2. The second group doesn’t mind classical music. They come home from a long day, take a glass of wine and put their feet up with a little Vivaldi in the background. (I fall into this group with an occasional trip to the symphony).
3. The third group never listen to classical music. It is simply not part of their lives. They might hear it like second-hand smoke at the airport and maybe a little bit of a march from Aida when they come into the hall, but otherwise they never hear it. This is the largest group of people.
Benjamin Zander wants everyone to understand and love classical music. His enthusiasm is contagious in this 20 minute talk.
Classical Music is for Everyone!
I’m reminded of Billy Collins poem Piano Lessons where he writes:
“I am learning to play
“It Might as Well Be Spring”
but my left hand would rather be jingling
the change in the darkness of my pocket
or taking a nap on an armrest.
I have to drag him into the music
like a difficult and neglected child.
This is the revenge of the one who never gets
to hold the pen or wave good-bye,
and now, who never gets to play the melody.”