A few years ago, while talking with my cousin, I mentioned something about attending a symphony concert. He said, “UGH. Classical music is BORING!” Then he made a choke-gagging sound and pretended to die, complete with tongue lolling out and glassy eyes fixed vacantly into space.

I guess he forgot that I have a master’s degree in music performance. My main instrument is the viola, but I also play violin pretty well and can massacre a few easy songs on guitar and piano. Oh, and I sing. In fact, I am the best singer in the entire world. (For realz; my kids told me I am.)

I don’t really care that my cousin was insensitive. I get it; people have opinions. But I feel like, when it comes to Classical music, the public’s apathy towards it is not simply a matter of opinion; it is a matter of ignorance. Maybe I’m an odd bird, or perhaps I was born with the musical inclinations of an 88 year old. (But if that’s the case, then why do I like rap music?)

I just cannot imagine a person listening to some of this stuff (Classical music) and not being moved, either to tears or into a fit of ecstasy (OMG I CANNOT spell that word. Took me five tries GRRR). I have a few favorites that drive me to the point of wanting to fling myself out a window or go dry hump the nearest available human. Is it seriously just me? People who say Classical music is boring, I’m sorry, but I don’t think you’re doing it right.

Find out how to do classical music the right way over at Abandoning Pretense.


Kristen Mae is a novelist, freelancer, classical musician, and artist. Follow her on Abandoning Pretense, and check out her books, Beyond the Break and Red Water, available now at most online booksellers.

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