Question of the day.

Is there something that you understand why other people like it, and wish you enjoyed it like they did, but just don’t?

My answer:

I’m sure there are many such things, but one such thing I can think of now is classical and early music. We’d call it “serious music” in Polish collectively but that’s just such an incredibly daft way to call it, ’cause it either implies that other kinds of music aren’t serious, or that this “serious” music can’t just be lighthearted and happy.

I do quite like it, but it wasn’t always the case, and even now that it is I feel like I don’t really have the understanding of it that some people do who truly like it a lot, and I’d like to because I think it’s quite enriching to be able to understand it better. Part of it I think is that I got a bit of an aversion to this kind of music at school, where we’d for example be taken to the filharmony once in a while and I always found it excruciatingly boring. I vividly remember several occasions when I had some fun plans for the weekend and then it turned out we’d be going to the filharmony and spend there half of the day, and there was no extricating yourself out of it. Like there was once a girl that I met who volunteered at our school for a short while, it was quite common that there were volunteers at our school helping with some things, she was just 17, and while she stayed there we realised that we were very much on the same wavelength or something, we also were able to hang out a lot because she was only volunteering in our group and that was only for the weekend so there were less people in the group than normal and more time. Then, although we both promised each other to stay in touch after she’d leave, our contact stopped at some point as life was happening to both of us, and then, after about a year or so, she came back for a weekend again and was put in another group. As it happened, I was the only one in my group who was staying at the school for that weekend. We still got to meet up, only it was already late Saturday evening. A filharmony visit was arranged for the next day for a few groups including mine, but since I was the only one in my group for that day and had what I thought was a valid excuse not to go – hanging up with J. until she leaves Sunday afternoon – I thought there wouldn’t be any problem if I wouldn’t go. Well, there was a problem, ’cause well, it’s already arranged, so, hmm, no way out. πŸ˜€

I DO understand that it’s important to introduce young people to all sorts of things, including all sorts of music, but I’m not sure that was the good way to do it. I was absolutely not the only one who sniffed at it.

But even when I used to genuinely think that early/classical music is boring, I still strongly respected people who actually saw something in it and enjoyed it. Now I don’t think at all that it’s boring and I’ll often listen to it, and of course with all kinds of harp being my favourite instruments, I enjoy any music where harp is very present, I also appreciate the huge influence those early music styles have had on my favourite music genres. but I still can’t really connect with it, or rarely can, and I sort of envy people who have the necessary sensitivity to experience it more deeply. I guess though that it often comes with maturity. Like, I’ve frequently heard that people who have really liked rock, blues and/or metal in their youth and didn’t really understand early music or didn’t even like it often come to hugely appreciate and enjoy it, and especially often medieval music, later on in life. Actually, speaking of medieval music, out of all those early time periods I feel like it resonates with me most. Since I love many shades of rock, won’t sneeze at a good piece of blues and had my (Gothic) metal phase as well, maybe I’ll get there too with the other early music periods too, who knows.

How about you? πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. I’m usually pretty comfortable with disliking things. The only thing I can think of is that I used to wish I liked making small talk, since it’s something that couldn’t be avoided. Now I don’t want to talk to people at all, so it’s not an issue.

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  2. I’ll name some great classical music for you!!

    Gershwin: Piano concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, and An American in Paris overture
    Vaughan-Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
    Faure: Pavane
    Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals (check out the aquarium one!)

    Hmm…. something I get and enjoy that other people don’t get! Hmm…. I was fortunate enough to take computer programming in high school for three years, and I truly enjoyed it. I suspect that most people don’t have a lot of experience with it! And when I tried to take HTML in college (because suddenly there was internet), I fell out of it, and I’ve never been good at internet computering, like making your own website or all that stuff Ashley Leia talks about like links, or whatever. The programming I learned was in Basic, C++, and Pascal, all of which are logic-based programs that you can use to make a computer program run. Like, we’d display carryout menus on the screen and calculate the diner’s order total and stuff like that, or we’d do graphics with pixels and shapes and fill commands. Honestly, I miss it.

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    1. Oh thanks, I’ll definitely listen to these! πŸ™‚
      Wow, how cool that you had such an opportunity at high school! Actually, it reminds me that programming could be yet another such thing for me, next to classical music that I don’t really like (don’t even have much of a clue about) but wish I liked and could do it as it would definitely be super useful.

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  3. Spontaneity. I know why people enjoy just “doing” but for me, there is nothing fun about an impromptu anything. I need to plan, pack, unpack, repack, amend the plan, make arrangements and then process every possible scenario.

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