I’ve always thought I was quite eclectic in my musical tastes – my playlist tends to skip around the decades and genres a lot. I try not to be close-minded about music because I feel like it’s one of those things that transcends time and age and brings people together. If you’ve ever been to a concert, then you know what I mean.
But there have always been two genres that have, in the past, eluded me – country and classical music. People would ask me what kind of music I liked and I’d say pretty much anything but country and classical music. The former I just couldn’t relate to and it tended to annoy me more than I enjoyed it. The latter I didn’t have an ear or appreciation for when I was younger. Music is usually a soundtrack for my life and I couldn’t find a time or a place for classical music.
Country is still my least favourite genre and I won’t go out of my way to put it on, but I’ve learned to enjoy some of it when it’s playing. I do enjoy classic country like Johnny Cash, and more bluegrass country like Old Crow Medicine Show.
My foray into classical music began with The Nutcracker Ballet and trickled into other symphonies by Tchaikovsky. I love Christmas carols so I was pulled toward the Transiberian Orchestra, which is pseudo-classical music (or at least the instrument part of it) combined with rock music.
This was the gateway music.
Last year, I began to go to the symphony in my hometown – initially just for the pop culture shows like music of superheroes and villains and music from Disney movies, which introduced me to the instruments and gave me a sense of wonder at the amazing musicians who can play them so well.
This year I chose to attend some more classical performances, including the Paris Festival with music from various French composers over the centuries. And I loved it!
I found that the performances relaxed me so much and I’d leave in a more euphoric state than when I went in. So I started to check out the various classic composers at home – Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, etc. I loaded a bunch on to my phone and found that missing time and place for it – in the bath.
When T and I moved in November 2013, we gave up our hot tub but gained a Jacuzzi tub in our ensuite, so I thought I’d start embracing and enjoying that. When I’m feeling stressed or just need some alone time, I fill it up, light some candles, pour a glass of wine, and press play on my newly formed classical music playlist. There is something about the combination that is so soothing and I love listening to each layer of the music with all its instruments and nuances. I find that I lose myself in the music and any stress just melts away.
There are still some composers and songs that I enjoy more than others, but I am glad to have found a venue through which I can enjoy classical music. Now I can honestly say that I enjoy every genre of music.
What’s your favourite genre of music? Are there any genres that you don’t enjoy?