My wife and I went to the Symphony this weekend for our date night. We both wanted to try some different than the usual dinner and a movie for our night together. We thought going to the San Antonio Symphony would be just the thing to take a chance on.
Well, I must admit both my wife and I were falling asleep during the 1st piece by Mozart (Piano Concerto No. 22) and though the second piece by Shostakovich (No. 8) was louder and more interesting than the Mozart piece. I still had trouble staying awake and we both left the theatre before the Symphony ended.
I’m a music lover. I listen to everything from Jazz, R& B, Rock, Gospel, and Country. So I’m always open to good music regardless of genre but I have never fallen asleep on a musical performance even if I didn’t like it.
I’ve been thinking about that experience all day (Even during the San Antonio Spurs-Memphis Grizzlies Western Conference Finals playoff Game 1. Go Spurs Go!! ) and wondered do modern readers have the same experience that my wife and I did at the symphony.
How many readers have given up reading The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne? Or Moby Dick by Melville? Or a fat novel by Dickens like David Copperfield or Nicholas Nickleby?
If so, what can be done about it? Has pop culture affected our ability to be able to read those aforementioned works or listen to a Mozart or Shostakovich? Or is both classical literature and music relegated only to the elite in our society?
As you can read, I have more questions than answers or a solid opinion on this blog post. I would like to know how others feel about it.
I decided a few years ago to make sure I read one classic a year. I started with Madame Bovary by Flaubert and a couple years ago I read David Copperfield by Dickens. Last year, I read Utopia by More. I’ve learned in reading these classics than human nature is basically the same regardless of the time period and it has taken me out my comfort zone from the contemporary literature I’m used to reading.
So how can we keep classic literature from suffering the same fate as classical music? Or is it a lost cause?